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The Squire's Tale

The Squire s Tale Life for the young orphan Terence has been peaceful living with Trevisant the old Hermit in a quiet isolated wood That is until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain King Arthur s ne

  • Title: The Squire's Tale
  • Author: Gerald Morris
  • ISBN: 9780440228233
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Life for the young orphan Terence has been peaceful, living with Trevisant, the old Hermit in a quiet, isolated wood That is, until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain, King Arthur s nephew, who is on his way to Camelot hoping to be knighted Trevisant can see the future and knows that Terence must leave to serve as Gawain s squire From that moment on, TerLife for the young orphan Terence has been peaceful, living with Trevisant, the old Hermit in a quiet, isolated wood That is, until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain, King Arthur s nephew, who is on his way to Camelot hoping to be knighted Trevisant can see the future and knows that Terence must leave to serve as Gawain s squire From that moment on, Terence s life is filled with heart stopping adventure as he helps damsels in distress, fights battles with devious men, and protects King Arthur from his many enemies Along the way, Terence is amazed at his skills and new found magical abilities Were these a gift from his unknown parents As Gawain continues his quest for knighthood, Terence searches for answers to the riddles in his own past.

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    1. This book is absolutely HILARIOUS!!!I was first introduced to this book through my brother, who was reading aloud to my mother. I stopped when I heard something about 'Sir Hatubris' (I don't think I spelled that right) and was laughing after only a few sentences.Basically, this boy named Terence who has lived with a hermit his whole life meets Gawain, who is on his way to King Arthur's court to try and become a knight. Terence ends up becoming his squire through an odd little twist and off they [...]

    2. The Squire's Tale is quite a light treatment of the Arthurian legend, suitable for young readers and an enjoyable -- but very quick -- read for adults too. I've had it on my list for a long time, but I only actually eventually bought it because supposedly the series has a sympathetic Kai, and my dissertation is on the various permutations of Sir Kay.This one, however, would've been more useful for my Gawain essay. It turns a lot of the stories, even Malory's, to Gawain's advantage, and plays up [...]

    3. I love this book. I don't know much about what is true and what isn't as far as Arthurian legends go (honestly who does?), but I really love this story. It is based in medieval times when King Arthur ruled England. It follows a boy named Terence from humble circumstances who becomes a squire to a Gawain who is off to become a knight. Throughout the book they face many adventures together with quests and learning more about themselves and others. The main quest they encounter together is one ques [...]

    4. This was fun, quick book, but I think I had too high of expectations before going into it. I did like the direction of the story, and I think it sets up some interesting things that could happen. But I didn't really get into the story for half the book, and I thought it was going to be more humorous than it was. Don't get me wrong, there are some funny bits, but I was wanting more. It's a very tell and not show kind of book, so if you can't appreciate that style, I'd suggest staying clear of thi [...]

    5. Clever, light-hearted, and some times down right hilarious, The Squire's Tale is an excellent story of the days of King Arthur. Whatever your age, you should read this!

    6. Despite the fact that my library has had this book since as long as I can remember and doubly despite the fact that you'd think in at least one of my rambles through the teen section I'd have picked it up, I just never have. In fact, it was Anna who got it from the library. I think I might have read a different book in the series once, but that was a very long time ago and out of order to boot. I might have avoided it because the story is an Arthurian legend and I've had some bad experiences wit [...]

    7. bratfarrar says, "whimsy and maturity and general decency are why I really like Diana Wynne Jones and Garth Nix and Gerald Morris. That is, each writes characters that I care about and worlds that I want to explore, and tells stories that make me want to be a better person."

    8. This was fast-paced, humorous and enjoyable. In an attempt to rehabilitate Sir Gawain, it retells some of the stories about him from the point of view of a minor character, his squire Terence (a character invented by the author). Like Arthur himself, Terence was given to foster care from an early age and his parentage is a mystery. He is presented at first as likeable and docile, but not all that quick on the uptake. However, he does have special aptitudes and abilities which appear from the ope [...]

    9. I have a special place in my heart for books in which the protagonist has a strong, good character. Despite the choice of being mildly selfish, or denying one's own wishes, these characters choose to act in moral ways that strongly benefit those around them. Terence is such a character. He learns to be a squire and serves his master and any that have need of his help to the best that he capable. I really loved this book. (I don't five-star lightly)

    10. Just not my thing. Found the interactions between characters forced and stilted rather than genuine. The book didn't move from scene to scene in small steps but flew between them from one place talking about going to place "b" then BAM at place "b" dealing with a situation. It is a style I do not prefer (but then, I'm well aware I do not speak for everyone).

    11. This is hands down my most disappointing read so far this year. I've been looking forward to reading this for five months now after hearing about what a hilarious, fun book it is. I've been saving it specially for when I was struggling with reading physical books and wanted to laugh out loudbut it just overall left me feeling let down.First off, this book is definitely a set up story for the rest of the series. If it wasn't for about 10 pages in the beginning and 10 pages at the end, I wouldn't [...]

    12. This book was alright? I think I would have loved it had I read it when it first came out (which I was convinced I HAD done turns out there's more than one book with this title), but as an adult the humour fell a bit flat. There's also a weird thing where like, the moral lessons the characters learn are important things about How To Treat Women but the book itself doesn't seem to particularly LIKE any of its female characters? So you end up with "Gawain learns he should let women make their own [...]

    13. I read this book about a week ago so things may be a bit muddy.The main reason I didn't like it was because the characters were constantly discussing what was and was not lady-like. I understand that this was set in a time period where women were expected to be polite and not do certain things, and if they only discussed it a couple of times I would be fine, but I was encountering one of these conversations in every single chapter! There's got to be some kind of limit.While the beginning intrigu [...]

    14. It was quite some time ago when I read this, but I liked it a lot then I shall endeavor to review it when I reread it.

    15. I didn't really enjoy this book because it wasn't 'my cup of tea'. This story takes time in a medieval time and talks about kings, kingdoms, knights, and those medieval relating things. It was hard for me to follow the plot and it was hard for me to understand some things. I don't think I'll be planing to finish this series or read any other book like these (because I prefer more realistic stories or fantasy).

    16. I have always loved and been repulsed by the Arthurian tales. Why I keep reading them despite my disgust at the violence and almost silliness of the characters is beyond my understanding, but whenever I come across a retelling of these stories I am compelled to read it. Liked: Terence, Gawain's squire. He's humble, sweet, and a little mysterious, loyal, and kind. I also enjoyed the author's handling of Gawain himself, better than Mallory's pouting and sullen bully. Didn't like: The women were no [...]

    17. Although targeted to a youth audience and easy to read, this book was charming, amusing, and witty. It's a take on Arthurian legend with the main character becoming Sir Gawain's squire and accompanying him through a number of adventures. It's fun to see how the author ties his story into the legend, and what he adds. It's also kind of fun seeing the Celtic influence so soon after reading Heroes of the Dawn, such as a reference to the story of Chuchulainn and Gawain's tossing of his sword into a [...]

    18. This is the first in a series of King Arthur adventures from the viewpoint of Morris's created character, a squire for one of the Knights of the Round Table. The story manages to capture the mood of the Arthurian setting. I enjoyed it and found the perspective to be fresh and funny. I recommend this book for Middle School aged children (My daughter found it in her middle school library and devoured the entire series!), but I also enjoyed it as an adult. What I liked: the squire's character, the [...]

    19. Terrence comes from where he knows not, but was raised by a wise and humorous magician who sees the future but forgets the past. Terrence is lucky to be picked up by a soon-to-be Knight of King Arthur's Round Table, Sir Gaiwan, and together they begin their life of questing. As they seal their friendship, Sir Gaiwan and Terrence manage to find adventure, magic, love, and possibly where Terrence really comes from. A fantastic, funny, medieval tale, filled with a kooky and lovable cast of characte [...]

    20. I read this book many years ago and quite enjoyed it and while it is still a fun read, I think I've a bit outgrown it which makes me terribly sad. It's very fun, the characters are lovely and I still harbor a ridiculous love for Robin, but it's a really quick read for me now. I have the next couple of books in the series and I'm going to re-read them too because there are later books I haven't read yet, so I'm sure it's going to be fun and enjoyable, I just don't think it will be more than brain [...]

    21. The first 150 pages read like a hodge podge of Arthurian legends smooshed into one book with a young protagonist thrown in. I considered not finishing for a while, but then the last 60 pages were fantastic! This would be a lot better if there was less Gawain (jousting, sparring, boasting, tale telling bo-ring) and a lot more Terence (unknown parentage, fairy visions yes, please). But ultimately it's a pretty good, fresh take on some old tales.

    22. This book is about Terence, a boy who doesn't know about his parents or past. He soon meets a knight, Gawain, who wishes to be a knight of the round table of King Arthur. Through his adventures as Sir Gawain's squire, he meets new people, faces new challenges, and is able to answer the question of who is he and who are his parents.This book is okay, the descriptions were pretty well, but other than that, I thought the plot was a little weak and the ending didn't come out too well.

    23. Gerald Morris has taken King Arthur and his court and turned the traditional stories into wonderful, witty, and fun to read renditions that add new ideas and show principles that make them enjoyable and valuable. Good read for anyone who loves reading about magic, a good hero, and a new twist on a traditional story.

    24. I love this author's humor. It's witty and sarcastic, just my cup of tea. Plus, there are knights, squires, and King Arthur legends galore in these books, so how can you go wrong? There's no particular order to them, although The Squire's Tale was written first, I started with The Savage Damsel and Her Dwarf first and fell in love with them. Glad you're going to read them too.

    25. As a huge fan of King Arthur, I absolutely loved this story. It tells the story of Gawain from the point of view of his squire, Terence. There is questing, love, magic, fighting, and all of my favorite characters and it is written at about a fifth grade level.

    26. I really enjoyed this book. I generally tend to avoid all Arthurian legend retellings, but this one did well. I really liked both Terrance and Sir Gawain. It was funny and heroic, a great afternoon read. Can't wait to read all 8 books in the series!

    27. Morris has done a phenomenal job in recreating old Arthurian legends and interweaving them with new tales. For those who love these old stories you will not be disappointed. This is a wonderful story for children as it has a perfect blend of action and humor.

    28. This is a wonderfully light, very laugh-out-loud funny series I've read probably 4 times over. I love me some good happily ever after endings, and this gives it to you without the cheese.

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