Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris

Sir Gawain was originally known as Sir Gawain the Undefeated.  But that didn't make him the most respectful or likable person.  Oh no, it sure didn't...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing this book in mid-April and I got my copy from Net Galley for review (thank you both).  It will be published in hardcover.  Aaron Renier is the illustrator.  This is the third Knight Tales book, but the first I've read.  Ever since I saw the movie Camelot, I've had an interest in Authurian tales.

Mr. Morris writes a rollicking, fun tale about a proud knight who saves a princess but is disrespectful to her.  The Green Knight comes to challenge him, and he cuts the knight's head off.  But when the knight picks it up and carries it out into the night telling Gawain they will have one year until they meet again and then it will his turn to strike first, everyone is in shock.  Especially Gawain.

The tale is fast, fascinating (he meets many challenges during that year), and fun.  The illustrations are strong and forceful and make the story come alive.

If you have a young adult who hasn't met the knights of the round table yet, this is a great book to introduce them.  Check it out at your local bookstore and grab a copy.

Happy reading!

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