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 q I love this book. The main quest they encounter together is one quest, with different endings. Terence learns his heritage, Gawain helps save King Arthur's life, with the help of Terence. It is one of my favorite books, and this is just the beginning of the series!
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 This was fun, quick book, but I think I had too high of expectations before going into it. 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 this one. That being said, I'm now more invested than I thought I would be, so I want to continue with the series and see what happens next! Jan 31, Ghost Ryter rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , fantasy , fiction , retellings , arthurian.
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! View 2 comments. May 12, Amy rated it really liked it. 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.
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I might have avoided it because the story is an Arthurian legend and I've had some bad experiences wit 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.
I might have avoided it because the story is an Arthurian legend and I've had some bad experiences with those, but I don't think so. I just never got around to reading it. It was a delightful surprise. The Squire's Tale is both charming and funny, with some good plot elements and likeable characters. Terence the "Squire" has grown up living with a hermit who sees time backwards. That is, he sees the future like it was the past and the past like it was the future.
When a young knight shows up at the hermit's hut, the Hermit informs Terence that he is to go with Gawain and become his squire. I don't recall if that is before or after Gawain manages to defeat an evil knight with a stew-pot. Wonderful book. If it weren't for a few things, I'd probably give it five stars. One hilarious adventure after the other, The Squire's Tale is a buddy-story similar to The Last Knight one of my favorite books but with less swearing.
Terence is a fun character who clearly grows through character growth yet never gets annoying, and Gawain once I dis-associated him with Lancelot who is great idiot was a perfectly good character. I've never been particularly fond of Arthurian legend, which is odd considering how much I love most other myths. I won't waste any time musing about it though I suspect I could come up with a great childhood back-story, given the opportunity , but this is easily some of the best stuff I've read.
Knights and the Round Table and such, heroics and bravery and even a few plot twists. While it is mostly a fluffy kind of "brain candy" if you prefer the classics or non-fiction, there are even some deeper elements that are touched on I would hardly call them explored in any sense of depth, but certainly touched on in an unique and interesting way.
Like women - whether they are silly and what counts as lady-like. The plot elements flow really well together, guided by a "thread" if you will instead of a road. The adventures lead to their end, and while some things were predictable like who Terence's Father was others are slightly more supring like who the Enchantress is I had one or two criticisms with the book which brought it to four stars but they mostly involve spoilers.
I mean, that. She's all like 'hey! I'm looking haawwt now and thought I'd waltz into your bedroom and inform you that I'm giving you my luuuvvv. So I thought 'perhaps it is part of the test? Which is just kind of weird if you think about it, because he is such a lady's man.
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Anyway, then they're kissing and she and her Dad and all of the fairy land fade away and it was kind of Perhaps it will make more sense later in the series. I definitely want to read the other books in the series, Delightful and interesting! Oct 14, Wealhtheow marked it as to-read Shelves: fantasy. 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.
Aug 23, Saoirse rated it it was ok Shelves: ya-mid-fantasy , arthuriana. This book was alright? 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 o This book was alright? So you end up with "Gawain learns he should let women make their own choices, even though their choices are usually pretty stupid" which I'm not sure I'm comfortable with.
The author's note talks about wanting to redeem Gawain who has, since Lancelot was introduced to the story-cycle, been demoted from Arthur's Greatest Knight. Gawain is probably my second-favourite Table Knight so I understand the sentiment behind the series, and probably will read more despite being ambivalent about this one. 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 This was fast-paced, humorous and enjoyable. However, he does have special aptitudes and abilities which appear from the opening chapter, and which are used in the service of others. Gradually he grows into a person of importance, and provides an example of how even the little people who are ignored or overlooked by many can play a crucial role in the lives of those around them.
Jan 15, Ariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: written-by-a-man , fantasy , children-ya , high-character , all-time-faves. I have a special place in my heart for books in which the protagonist has a strong, good character.
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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. Aug 11, Mallorie rated it did not like it.
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. Jun 22, Emma rated it really liked it. The whole series, actually. Apr 03, Sarah TheAromaofBooks rated it it was amazing. Within a few pages of picking it up yesterday, all of my happy feelings towards this book came flooding back, and now I want to reread the entire series!
This book has a perfect balance of humor and thoughtfulness, and the series on the whole is a fun and interesting take on the Arthurian legends. Highly recommended. View all 3 comments. 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 loud 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 This is hands down my most disappointing read so far this year. If it wasn't for about 10 pages in the beginning and 10 pages at the end, I wouldn't have even been able to tell that this is an Arthurian retelling.
You barely hear about or from King Arthur and even less of Merlin. It wasn't until page that I became interested in where the story was going, out of a page book. The Squire's Tale honestly reminded me a bit of The Hedge Knight , since there is a large knight who gets a squire, while neither of them really know what they're doing.
There's lots of jousting and encounters between knights and "fair ladies". They both have a very comedic relief type of feel to them, except I actually loved the characters in The Hedge Knight and the humour wasn't as childish. I know The Squire's Tale is supposed to be a young adult, fun book so I can't compare the two People die left and right for no reason whatsoever and there are good guys and there are bad guys who start fights for again no reason whatsoever, just to be fought off by said good guys. The characters are completely one-dimensional, being incredibly daft, lovesick, and over-the-top to the point it's not comedic Thankfully the two main characters Terence and Gawain are a lot more well-balanced and interesting to read about, because if they were as insufferable as every other character in here I would've DNF'd it.
It reminds me slightly of Alice in Wonderland where the characters are all very stubborn, matter-of-fact in that nonsensical way In The Squire's Tale it's just all so repetitive, the encounters between these people seem so staged, while their personalities are all the same and ridiculous, that it just isn't enjoyable to read about. I just had a lot of issues with this book and sadly didn't have a fun time reading it. I did enjoy the last 50 pages or so but not enough to continue on with the series, as I can imagine the characters and comedic relief feel doesn't change too much in the following installments.
Apr 29, Lo rated it it was ok Shelves: series , annoying , , recommended-to-me. 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 I read this book about a week ago so things may be a bit muddy. While the beginning intrigued me, the rest fell flat. There didn't seem to be any set plot; I was shocked when I realized I had already gone through half of the book and nothing really major had happened yet. The use of magic and such was wasted on me as it didn't contribute the plot as much as I would have liked.
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Apr 15, Athelas Hale rated it it was amazing. 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. May 09, Stephanie C rated it it was amazing Shelves: atmosphere , heroic , funny , quick-read , character-development , middle-grade , inspiring , swearing-some , well-written , connected-to-the-larger-world. I read this before bed last night and found it both sweet and charming. On the other hand, I loved our main characters, and the humor. I also felt like it was setting up a world where morality is important, while still telling the story of realistic, flawed characters, all in a very short, middle-grade format.
I liked it more than Lloyd Alexander, and almost enough to I read this before bed last night and found it both sweet and charming. I liked it more than Lloyd Alexander, and almost enough to compare to Narnia. Mar 08, Kristina Calugay rated it it was ok. 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.
Feb 01, Jeanette rated it it was amazing. I read this on a recommendation from a friend! So many things were happening. But it all flowed together in the end in a surprising way.
A delightful story of adventure and character growth. May 10, Sky rated it it was ok. Man, I was so excited to start a series that had a billion books in it to occupy me for a while! But I didn't like this one bit : The whole plot of the book was literally the main knight having to learn "Maybe At least it was short because it was middle grade crol.
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. But it does not slow down a light-hearted, fast-paced addition to Arthurian lore for young adults. Fans of the series will definitely want this latest volume.
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