The Legend of the King
by Gerald Morris
The Squire's Tale
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September, 2010
List Price: $16.00
Review: Battle, Friendship, Honor, Loyalty, Medieval! Do those words interest you? Are you ready for craziness? The Legend of the King is a brilliant book by Gerald Morris. It is the 10th and latest in the Squire's Tales series. There are actually 5 main characters in this story - Sir Terrence, Sir Gawain, Sir Lancelot, Mordred, and King Arthur!
King Arthur's son Mordred has spies in Camelot reporting the actions of the Round Table. Planning to destroy Arthur's kingdom, Mordred's army has done as much as they could to break up the loyalty and trust of the best knights of King Arthur's Round Table. The brutal strike in Orkney by Mordred's army aggravates King Arthur - and now Arthur knows what he must do! The risky call of war was confidently made by Arthur! However - Camelot has other things to deal with! King Arthur sends Gawain to battle former knight Sir Lancelot in single combat to get revenge on him for his lover affair with Queen Guinevere! Arthur's army sneaks an attack on Mordred while his army is sound asleep. However - as the major battle commences- King Arthur realizes his army is outnumbered 3 to 1. Despite this, King Arthur gives the war signal to fight Mordred's army. Brave knights of Camelot make way to the center of the battle to defend the pride of Camelot! One army will not survive the epic battle that day!
I like how all the action in the story is well described. Gerald Morris brings the story to life very well. I admired how Terrance, Gawain, Lancelot, Gaheris, Lynette, and King Arthur all have an important role in defending Camelot and the honor of the Round Table. The author does a good job of keeping my interest by always ending each chapter with a new dilemma. There is always a new conflict being faced by one of the main characters. I also enjoy the full descriptions of each battle fought in this novel. The author makes you feel like you are a part of the battle and are watching it live and in person. I do not like how the novel is subtle at the very end. You can't even tell if some of the main characters die or not! Because of the ending, I hope Gerald Morris will write another book in the series. The medieval terminology is also confusing and hard to comprehend at times in the book. Overall - I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is age 11 or older. I rate this book a strong 8 out of 10.
Review written by Sahil (6th grade student).
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