The Light beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy Grail
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The Light beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy Grail (Legends of King Arthur #2)

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A retelling of the adventures of King Arthur's knights, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Percival, as they search for the Holy Grail.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Puffin (first published 1979)
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I do love Rosemary Sutcliff's writing style for this trilogy: gently magical, in a way that suits it very well. I actually like her Lancelot, which is a feat, because I'm not overly fond of Lancelot in general, and of his story, so the portrayals of him that I love are the odd ones out... I like the tenderness with which Sutcliff wrote about him and his feelings, and his difficulty with no longer being the best knight, and yet the relationship he builds with his son... It's lovely. I sympathised...more
Even the wonderful Rosemary Sutcliff cnnnot ultimately save the tale of the quest for the Holy Grail, though her characterization of most of the knights is compelling and gripping. Except for Galahad, of course. Her Galahad is a beautiful young man, and still annoying with his unearned, and often unproved, goodness. Since he is destined to be the Grail Knight, the rest of us can follow along and enjoy the deeds of the knights who are flawed and doubt themselves. Why do so many awful things happe...more
Tatiana Gomez
The second of Sutcliff's Arthurian saga trilogy meant for younger readers.

This book focuses heavily on the otherworldly while weaving together, in chapters with alternating protagonists, the quests of those knights who followed the Holy Grail. The writing is magical in its ability to transport you an the Arthurian world rife with spiritual (both Christian and pagan) encounters. One of the greatest feats of this book is bringing to life mystical experiences in profound and moving ways; even as th...more
A relatively gentle close retelling of the Grail stories, for young people. Sutcliff manages to make it interesting even in the what the heck moments, and lightly interweaves a theme of the Galahad-Lancelot relationship that I never saw in more classic documents.
This is a book of the King Arthur legends. The main character is Sir Lancelot, Percival, Bohrs, and Galahad. Lancelot finds out that the knight Galahad was his son. He pulled a sword out of a rock that was meant for best of all knights and sat at the chair that he was destined to sit in the Round Table. The story goes on about a quest to get a grail. It follows Sir lancelot, Percivals, and Bors. The story ends with Lancelot and Galahad spending time together. Theis is a very good book. I would r...more
Of the trilogy this is the volume that I have the tenderest memories of possibly because it was the first one that I read - our access to bookshops was haphazard as a child and with libraries and schools you get to read what you can get your hands on.

I was surprized when I was older and read the medieval Quest for the Holy Grail just how close in tone this was to the original.
I am a little bit of a King arthur obsessive, and have read more versions of the tales than I can remember, but this is probably my favourite one. reading this is a magical experience, you will be transported to another world and will not be able to shake it off until long after you've finished the last page.
Once again Rosemary Sutcliff does not disappoint. Wonderful adaptation of the Arthurian legend that is rich in Christian symbolism.
Gwen Burrow
Another great combination of Sutcliff + Arthur.
the second volume of the King Arthur Story.
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Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her fa...more
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