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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,816 ratings  ·  454 reviews
De jonge Tiuri verbreekt de regels, die bepalen dat hij met niemand mag praten in de nacht voordat hij tot ridder zal worden geslagen. Hij opent de deur.
Het verzoek dat hem wordt gedaan blijkt een heel gevaarlijke opdracht. Tiuri wordt achtervolgd door boosaardige Rode Ruiters, die hem met de dood bedreigen. Maar hij is vast van plan de uiterst belangrijke brief bij koning
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Hardcover, 455 pages
Published October 2003 by Leopold Amsterdam (first published 1962)
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jv poore
Upon discovering a character I admire and adore, I often aspire to become that character. Emulate a new role model, envision greater goals and dream of different worlds to conquer. In this case, though, I would never set myself up for that fall. Merely a human being, a perfectly plausible person; Tiuri is genuinely good. And kind. I believe that Tiuri is truly and actually, altruistic.

His epic journey to deliver a message of monumental importance took place many years ago. A mission that today c
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Annet
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great childrens book, read it several times. Tonke Dragt's books are also read by many adults. Wonderful writer!!
Sara
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story that manages to capture the spirit and emotions of an epic adventure, but The Letter For the King manages to do just that. It’s full of secrets, missions from strangers, and the feeling that you can accomplish anything, be anything, that you want to.

Tiuri is about to become a knight when he’s given a task by a stranger. He must deliver a letter to the king. And on his way to do this, he
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Kezia Olive
Oh, give me a sec to let my tears drop.

This book is beautiful. The story inside feels so real. It feels different. It almost feels like Tiuri, the main character here, sits across the room telling me the story himself, and help me learnt so much.
I won't forget this book, that is for sure.
I am glad I found this book in my school library a few days ago. This is beyond my imagination.
I had no expectation when I first saw this book. I thought to myself that maybe this is another freakish classic ta
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Justine
3.5 stars from me
4.75 stars from my son

I read this with my 10 year old son for the kids bookclub he belongs to through one of our local independent bookstores. It wasn't one I had previously heard of, although it is a Dutch classic, where it was originally published in 1962.

This is quaintly written old fashioned chivalric fantasy which would provide a nice entry to the genre for middle grade and young adult audiences. It's an older book, and reads that way, but it nevertheless has a simple appea
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Ken
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2015, ya
As YA goes, this is a 5-star plot. It was written in 1962, apparently, and the new translation is coming on 25 August of 2015.

It's the story of a squire on the eve of becoming a knight who does NOT become a knight because he makes the fateful decision to answer a call for help. One thing leads to another, and before long, this kid is on a quest with unseen enemies all around him (but with unexpected friends as well).

It's sweet, actually. So old school it will remind you of the type of book about
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Mathew
First released 50 odd years ago in the Netherlands, this is a wonderful story of knights and adventures written by Tonke Dragt: why it took so long to be spotted over here (it's sold over a million copies) and be translated is beyond me.
From the outset, when Tiuri is tempted from his night's vigil out of the chapel by a call for help, I was hooked. There was something about Tiuri, the use of limited third person (wonderfully translated by Laura Watkinson) and the style of narrative that reminde
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Hannah
This is a prime example of a book that needs an introduction. The original Dutch edition of The Letter for the King was published in 1962 by an Indonesian survivor of WWII Japanese internment camps and is considered to be a European children's classic. 50 years later, it was finally translated into English.

So how does it hold up? Poorly, when you consider how the English edition was marketed.

I found it on a YA shelf with a shiny cover promising the epic adventures of a 16-year old squire. Sound
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Anita
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dutch, childhood
My father has always faintly disliked reading. Too bad he got me as a daughter! Out of the countless of books that he read to me when I was small, this book and its sequel are by far the most memorable. It fed my imagination to no ends, spawning both great visions and one of the most terrifying nightmares I remember. Since back then, much has changed. My knowledge of the Dutch language might have become crippled, and my eyes feast on the pages of other fantasy masterpieces, but Tonke Dragt and t ...more
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
I first heard about The Letter for the King when I happened to watch bits of the film version (Dutch with subtitles) on TV some time ago, and when I noticed the book on NetGalley, of course I couldn’t resist putting in a request. My thanks to Pushkin Children’s Books and NetGalley for a review copy of this title. This was written by Dragt in 1962 and the translation I read is by Laura Wilkinson, published by Pushkin Children’s Books which according to the blurb at the back of the book brings out ...more
Abigail
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Rollicking Good Adventure Stories
On the eve of being knighted by his king, sixteen-year-old Tiuri, son of Tiuri the Valiant, is keeping vigil in a small chapel outside of the capital city of the kingdom of Dagonaut. Forbidden from speaking, or opening the chapel doors to anyone during his night-long fast, Tiuri does both when a mysterious old man comes begging for help. A knight in spirit, even if he is not one in fact, Tiuri is helpless to resist this supplicant in need, and soon finds himself caught up in an epic adventure in ...more
Eustacia Tan
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this book from Krysta at Pages Unbound and it sounded really interesting so I hunted down the nearest library copy. As expected, I was not disappointed.

The Letter Tor The King starts with Tiuri keeping vigil. This is the last task that he has to do before he becomes a knight. But when someone knocks at the door asking for help, Tiuri knows that the knightly thing to do is to help. Even if it means giving up his knighthood. And so, Tiuri starts a quest to deliver an important letter
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The Captain
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I always be interested in fairy tales from other lands.  This translation caught me eye because the author was born in Indonesia, imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in WWII, and then moved to the Netherlands.  She published this book in 1962 and it won the Children's Book of the Year Award and was subsequently translated into sixteen languages.
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Ellis
This was a bit of a sad experience because The Letter for the King was one of my favourite books as a child, but I could tell during my reread that I wouldn't have been/wasn't as into it as an adult. I actually think this might be the rare case where I prefer the Dutch version. Part of that is definitely nostalgia-motivated, and it's not so much that you can tell this is an English translation as that it just reads very formal and literal in English, which I think might be less the case in the D ...more
Alyson Stone
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc
Book: The Letter for the King
Author: Tonke Dragt
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC. Well, I guess it’s not really an ARC since the book was published a long time ago, but this is a new edition.

So, I have never heard of this book until now. I don’t know how it could have slipped by me, but it did. The Letter for the King has everything that a great fantasy needs. It has adventure, excitement, and well written characters. It i
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Vishy
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved it! Longer review soon!
Swati
When my friend and book blogger posted this glowing review of Tonke Dragt’s “The Letter for the King” last year, I was intrigued because it appeared to be all about knights and chivalry and adventure. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? A month or so ago, I found this book waiting to be reviewed on NetGalley, and my heart leapt! Thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley, I got a copy, and I finished reading it yesterday.

The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy’s battle against evil
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Anna || MyBookishDream
Full review on my blog, MyBookishDream

The Letter for the King is a book I both enjoyed and didn’t. Some parts of it I found amazing, while others bothered me. I just had a very mixed experience with this book in general. Before reading this book I had heard quite a bit about it. Mostly from my cousin in the Netherlands, as she had to read it for school. I’m very glad to have read this book, even though I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

This story has the feeling of a cla
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Calzean
A simple tale of Tiuri, a 16 year old, who goes on a journey to delivery a message of great importance to a King in the land over the mountains. Along the way he is helped by various people, escapes from evil dudes, finds friendship and remains loyal and determined to complete his task.
This is a new edition of a Dutch children's classic which remains enjoyable in its simplicity, lack of fantasy and prose that takes the reader into another place and another time.
Dirk Schut
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing children's book. I really enjoyed reading it, though the concept of people being either purely good or evil is not something representing reality, it is a children's book.
Marleen
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received my copy from the publisher through Nudge. This is a work of juvenile fiction aimed at children aged 10 - 12

It is the night before 16 year old Tiuri is to be knighted. He finds himself locked in a chapel in silent contemplation of the honour and duty that will be bestowed on him the following day. When he hears a noise and a voice calling for help he knows he should ignore it. If he wants to become a knight the following day he can’t talk to anyone or allow anything to distract him fro
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Ashley Choo
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've ever read about knights that didn't include King Arthur, and I absolutely ADORED it. I've been obsessed with the retellings of the daring quests of the knights of King Arthur's round table, and this captivating adventure takes the crown.

On the night before he is to be knighted, Tiuri, our unlikely young hero, is entrusted with the huge task of delivering a very secret and important message to King Unauwen.
It is Tiuri's very first quest, he's being pursued by enemy kn
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Bettie
Description: The rule-book says that a young man who is to be knighted by King Dagonaut must pass the eve of the grand ceremony in silent vigil. However, Young Tiuri, son of the famous Tiuri the Valiant, breaks the rules - he opens the door to a stranger, who begs him to deliver a secret letter to the Black Knight with the White Shield. The letter is destined for the ruler of the neighbouring realm, King Unauwen, and concerns a matter of paramount importance. Tiuri accepts this dangerous mission ...more
Adam
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, old-fashioned, suspenseful adventure novel! These books are far too rare. The story, set in an imaginary medieval kingdom, goes at breakneck speed from the very start. It'll have you staying up late into the night, telling yourself: just one more chapter, just one more. And how refreshing to read something so effective and straightforward: a story with no flashbacks or structural gimmicks and that sticks with the central character from the first page to the last, never jumping off to fol ...more
Robin Stevens
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic, gloriously described and absolutely delightful, this is storming classic fantasy that will have you wishing you could don some chainmail and go on a life-or-death mission. An utter lack of any even vaguely interesting female character is my only quibble, but if you accept this on its own terms, it's magnificent.
Oda Renate
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great timeless book along the lines of Narnia, lotr+++
At times you could tell its written for kids but still a great read.
Knights, dangers, secrets, funny characters, mystery+++
Everything that makes a great book!
Sanja_Sanjalica
Beautiful, suspenseful, wonderfully written.
Rosanne Lortz
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of his life Tiuri has wanted to be a knight, but on the night before his accolade, a knock on the door turns his whole world upside down. Instead of kneeling before the candles keeping vigil in the chapel, he opens the door and accepts the quest given to him by a desperate old man. From there, he ends up finding a dying hero, receiving a mission to the king of the neighboring country, being chased by the nefarious Red Knights, and crossing impassable mountains to a land more beautiful than a ...more
ėglis
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a lighthearted adventure story about an aspiring knight Tiuri, who on his vigil night (just before becoming a knight, all he needs is to just stay calmly in the chapel until morning) runs off from his vigil to help some stranger with some super secret and super important task that he knows nothing about - even knowing that doing this means he won't become a knight. But that's Tiuri for you - always naive (sometimes to the point of foolishness), always openhearted, always determined and alwa ...more
15ReynoldsG
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t normally read books about quest but I decided to venture out of my comfort zone. This book was pleasantly surprising. It is all about a boy named turi who is about to become a knight but then is chosen to deliver a very important letter to the black knight to give to a king. As a 16 year old boy this is a big honour. However his job becomes a lot harder when he finds the Black Knight dead. This leads turi on an exciting dangerous journey of friends and eminies all to deliver the message ...more
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Tonke Dragt werd in 1930 geboren in Indonesië, en heeft daar het grootste deel van haar jeugd doorgebracht. In 1942 kwam ze met haar moeder en twee zusjes terecht in een Jappenkamp, en daar heeft ze ontdekt dat ze ze kon ‘ontsnappen’ door verhalen te verzinnen. Ze schreef en tekende in eerder gebruikte uitgegumde schriftjes en zelfs op wc-papier, want er was bijna niets. Samen met een vriendinnetj

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