Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Squire's Quest by Gerald Morris

Morris, Gerald. The Squire’s Quest, 272 pgs. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. $16.00. Sexual Content: PG; Language: PG (11 swears); Violence: PG. The Squire’s Tales series continues with Squire Terrence’s latest Arthurian adventure. Camelot is being overrun with foreign dignitaries visiting to acquire polish; including Alexander, the Holy Roman Emperor and his entourage. Terrence is tired of being a squire, but devoted to King Arthur. He believes that Mordred may be responsible for a rebellion against the king and several murdered knights. Terrence accompanies Alexander back to Constantinople where he discovers the truth about the rumors, lies, and courtly love. The plot is a bit choppy. Murders and political machinations, immorality and incest, make this tale darker than those previous. Most children will not be interested in middle-aged characters from the middle-ages, unless they have read the previous titles. Purchase only if the series is popular at your library.
EL/MS – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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