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The squire's quest, Gerald Morris

The squire's quest
The squire's quest
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Gerald Morris
Title variation
squires quest
Terence worries about the lengthy absence of his faery friends as he travels to Greece to aid the Emperor Alexander and attempts to thwart a nefarious plot by Mordred to assume the throne held by King Arthur
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  • Gr. 6-9 The ninth entry in The Squire’s Tales series follows Terence, Sir Gawain’s longtime squire, as he travels from Camelot to Greece to otherworldly Elysium to uncover a secret plot against King Arthur, encountering political intrigue, deception, and dangers along the way. Though numerous subplots nearly overwhelm the story, from sham weddings to gory battles, the lively prose incorporates magic, vivid details of medieval life, and diverse characters in a humorous, suspenseful story. Likable Terence remains engaging, and series fans will cheer as he is ultimately rewarded for remaining loyal, both to the king and to his own heart. -- Rosenfeld, Shelle (Reviewed 09-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number , p)
  • Gr 6–9— Terence is still a squire in the service of Sir Gawain despite being older and more experienced than any of his fellow squires. However, he is more concerned about his inability to contact anyone in Avalon, the World of the Faeries and home of his father, Ganscotter. In addition, there is the distraction of a visit from Alexander, the ruler of the Byzantine Empire and a great admirer of Arthur, and his retinue, including his younger brother Cligés, who has become obsessed with the French traditions of courtly love. And there is another visitor at court, charming Mordred, whom Terence suspects to be more than he seems. While the story has much of Morris's trademark humor and rollicking adventure, it also includes some tragic happenings, such as the deaths of numerous innocent people. As with other books in the series, Morris misses no opportunity to poke fun at knightly traditions and the more ridiculous conventions of courtly love, but there is also a serious undertone here, foreshadowing events to come later in the Arthurian cycle. As the author notes in his afterword, much of The Squire's Tale is a reworking of a lesser-known story by the medieval French poet Chrétien de Troyes. Morris's treatment of the Byzantine Empire is also fresh and interesting. Fans of the series will definitely want this latest volume.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ --Kathleen E. Gruver (Reviewed November 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 11, p114)
Morris, Gerald
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no index present
Literary form
  • 6
  • 9
Series statement
Squire's Tale series
Series volume
  • Arthur
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Fairies
  • Middle Ages
  • Great Britain
Target audience
pre adolescent
The squire's quest, Gerald Morris
22 cm.
275 p.
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System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547144245
The squire's quest, Gerald Morris
22 cm.
275 p.
Isbn Type
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547144245

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