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The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  7,217 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
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, Ter
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published January 11th 1998)
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Asteropê I think they probably feature in them, but I don't think they're main characters in all the books. #1-2 they are the main characters, but looking at…moreI think they probably feature in them, but I don't think they're main characters in all the books. #1-2 they are the main characters, but looking at #4, it appears Sir Parsifal is the focus. #5 appears to have Sir Dinadan as the focus. #6 appears to have Sir Gawain and Terence back again. #8 seems to focus on Beaufils. Basically, Sir Gawain and Terence are main features, but there are books where they appear to not be the focus.

(I have only since read #1 and started #2, but I gathered this from a simple look at blurbs, etc. I could be wrong, so feel free to wait for someone who's completed the series to answer.)(less)
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Scribbler King
May 21, 2010 Scribbler King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Moraes the Bookworm
I have always liked the legend of King Arthur. Everyone has heard different versions of the same story, but that’s the beauty of the Arthurian legends: they grow and change with time, as they were meant to. In The Squire’s Tale, Gerald Morris takes an interesting approach, as he states in his author’s note. He is “trying to restore the reputation of this most honored of all knights on earth.” It’s not Lancelot, but Gawain.


It is not Gawain, but Terence, his squire, who tells his story. Terence hi
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
May 12, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sherrie Lynn
Aug 14, 2009 Sherrie Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 q ...more
Ghost Ryter
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!
Mar 03, 2016 Connor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
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 ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Amazing. The whole series, actually
Athelas Hale
Apr 15, 2015 Athelas Hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 12, 2012 Mallorie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Ashley (JaffaCaffa)
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...but 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
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
Jan 05, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Jul 14, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, humor
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Jenalee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Arthurian Lovers
Shelves: ya, fiction, re-read, arthurian
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 ...more
I love The Squire’s Tale; actually, I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read it by now, or how many times I’m likely to read it in the future. This is a book that only gets better the more you read it, although it’s a delight from the first. This book is a refreshing conglomeration of random traditional stories about Sir Gawain, knit together into a single story told from the perspective of Gawain’s squire, Terence. I love what Morris does with the stories–they all work together well and are ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
I have loved the legend of King Arthur ever since my English teacher introduced it to me in grade 5. Everyone has heard different versions of the same story, but that’s the beauty of the Arthurian legends: they grow and change with time, as they were meant to. In The Squire’s Tale Gerald Morris takes an interesting approach, as he states in his author’s note. He is “trying to restore the reputation of this most honored of all knights on earth.” It’s not Lancelot, but Gawain, The Maiden’s Knight. ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Rushna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade
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.
Apr 08, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
As much as I love reading fantasies usually, I've never really been a fan of books/stories set in medieval times.
But THIS book is an exception! For one thing, there are a lot of fantasy elements in the book: enchantresses, magicians, faeries, etc. And for another thing, it's absolutely HILARIOUS! King Arthur, Merlin, Knights of the Round Table, peasants, and hysterically funny tongue-in-cheek and sometimes not so tongue-in-cheek humour. Some of it reminded me of Monty Python and the Hol
Ms. Schutte
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.
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)
Jul 13, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Read and loved the first two of this series when I was about 12. It's easy to see why. Tons of humor, action, adventure, and magic packed into a small light read. The biggest thing that stands out to me in rereading the first is the pace. Events occur in a space of 10 pages that most authors would spend 100 on. This obviously makes it great for a younger audience (for whom it is intended), but I found that there were other benefits to the quick and straight delivery. I think that avoiding leisur ...more
Jul 01, 2014 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-fiction
Junior Fiction and a great introduction to Arthurian legend before moving up to T.H. White's Once & Future King. I really liked it.

Since I had a parent ask me for "Game of Thrones for kids," this is often on my mind when I pick up a JF book. This (along with the Ranger's Apprentice series) could be a good fit - plenty of knights and jousting and trickery and a little bit of evil. And even a Tyrion Lannister along for the ride (that, or Dwarves in medieval fantasy literature are all sharp wi
Thomas Tutt
This book was pretty fun to read, and if you're a medievalist -- especially if you specialize in Celtic or Arthur studies -- there are plenty of "Oh, I see what they did there" moments. The protagonist and the overall story are Morris's invention, but many of the narratives in the book are adapted from Arthurian legend. While most of these tales are taken from Malory, Morris focuses on the character of Sir Gawain as he is portrayed in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight rather than the less positive ...more
Sep 26, 2008 Ashton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 14, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juv, fantasy
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.
Jun 26, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Gerald Morris is an award-winning author, best known for his retellings of Arthurian legends for preteen and teen readers.
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The Squire's Tales (10 books)
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  • The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf (The Squire's Tales, #3)
  • Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales, #4)
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