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Knight's Wyrd

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
On the evening before he is knighted, young Will Odosson is told his wyrd-his fate: He will not inherit his father’s barony; he will meet Death before the year is out. “Strong main characters and a smoothly written plot make this a hard book to put down. Like many fantasies this one is full of magic which keeps the characters and plot moving.”-VOYA
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 15th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 15th 1992)
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Mary Catelli
Sep 22, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
The day before his knighting, Will has joined the hunt. Chasing a white deer until it vanishes results in losing himself in the forest. As he hunts for his way back, he finds two outlaws harassing an old woman for her pig, and in the resultant fight, he kills them.

She can direct him back, and he makes it in time for his vigil. Which their wizard visits to alert him to his wyrd: he will face death before the year is out, and his younger brother will inherit the estate. On top of his reaction, he
This is the story of Will Odosson, who is about to be knighted when he meets a mysterious man who tells him his wyrd, or destiny: he will meet death before he succeeds to his father's title. Naturally, Will is appalled, but he bravely rides off to visit the girl to whom he's betrothed, to tell her that he can't marry her after all, because it would be unfair to marry her knowing that he's going to die. What begins as a simple quest turns into something much more complicated, full of politics, mo ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. I confess, I (read: my parents) bought this book back in 1997 and I have not read it until now, 2013 - children have been born and received their driver's licenses in the meantime. But now I regret not reading it sooner. The story was engaging - Will Odosson learning his wyrd, expecting death to come at any moment, yet still having to live up to chivalric standards. The authors did a good job of putting the main character between a rock and hard place, h ...more
D. Eric
Jul 08, 2010 D. Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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A Knight's Wyrd was a great tale of fantasy and adventure, though very lacking in a few areas. It 'wasn't quite enough'.

The premise was great, and there were many very imaginative and original situations (like the sword situation in the bandits' forest - brilliant). The story-line was very strong, despite some of the characters being a bit on the cardboard side.

The worst thing about this book, the most annoying thing, was the pacing and the too-clip style of writin
Jun 25, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: would-be writers, young fantasy fans, adults who read JF/YAF
Shelves: cleanreads, reviewed
This is one of the most solidly written JF novels I've read in a long time--solid characters; good pacing; kid-friendly voice without any dumbing down; a smattering of old-fashioned words to give it atmosphere, but not so many as to be clumsy and overdone (and confusing); interesting and often enchanting encounters; good fight scenes; and an overall wonderful premise and story line. Very tightly written, without a superfluous word or a missing detail. If Knight's Wyrd was a ship, I'd go to sea i ...more
Tigran Berberyan
Mar 31, 2012 Tigran Berberyan rated it really liked it
If you take pleasure in reading fantasy books, then you should definitely read this book. I was so engrossed in the story. It was hard for me to put it down. I had this constant uncontrollable urge to keep on reading. It is cleverly written with amazing twists and turns that you will never expect. The only short side to the book was the conversations among characters. The author wrote only enough to progress the story and not enough to develop the characters thoroughly. Nonetheless, the main cha ...more
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Sep 21, 2015 Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja rated it it was amazing
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In my junior year of high school I forgot my book for silent reading, and that is how I came to find this book on my English teacher's bookshelf. I enjoyed it so much in that first twenty minutes of reading that she let me keep it. I devoured it in about a day. So now that I have some free time on my hands at work I decided to re-read it and loved it just as much the second time around. There is never a dull moment in the story, nor an unnecessary one. The characters are just amazing though and ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
Not your standard fairy tale knight. There are princesses, princes, and trolls to be certain. This story was one of my favorites and the story is not overly predictable even though the story itself is one we are all familiar with. A boy coming of age, proving his worth, and rescuing a kingdom seems easy enough a plot, but there have to be at least a few good twists along the way right? Debra Doyle isn't as main stream as other fantasy authors but I urge you to give her a chance to dazzle you.
Jun 06, 2016 Raye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This skews very young, for all that there is plenty of hacking off limbs type of violence, and death of secondary characters is treated with near indifference. I'd call it an adventure story for 12 and up. That said, it is very short, with minimal world building and lots of fighting and magic and reversals. The character building is also given short shrift, and I'm not sure I care enough about any of it to read the next book in the series.
Ryan Mishap
Mar 01, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Borrows a bit from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as other tales of that ilk. Fun little adventure in a land of magic and knights and what have you. Worth reading if you enjoy that sort of thing.
Dec 23, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago. I don't remember much of it, that's how long it has been, but it was an entertaining read and I enjoyed it.
May 18, 2010 Gary rated it liked it
a fun book to read with some nice twist. The driving force of the story is what makes the story interesting for the main character.
Sep 25, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-kept
I really enjoyed this sword & sorcery novel -- couldn't put it down.
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aka Nicholas Adams (with James D. Macdonald), Martin Delrio, Robyn Tallis (with James D. Macdonald)

Debra Doyle has a doctorate in English literature. Together, she and James Macdonald have written numerous sf/f books. They live in Colebrook, New Hampshire.

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