The Letter for the King
It is the dead of night.
Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day.
But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.
A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen ac ...more
His epic journey to deliver a message of monumental importance took place many years ago. A mission that today c ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
They have NOTHING in common except that there's a boy named Tiuri whose mission is to deliver a letter.
Well, I actually enjoyed the book a lot more because it didn't have the annoying female characters and the magic elements.
Romance makes everything complicated and cringy and reading about Tiuri's and Piak's strong friendship was much more entertaining! :) ...more
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 ...more
4/10/2017 5 Stars - a long time favorite (Sorry I'm writing this in English, my written dutch just isn't good enough to express my thoughts -but I guess that is part of the reason why I tried to read this book - to improve my language skills) Well - I was finally able to finish this book (I just decided to read the rest in one chunk), it took much longer than I thought it would, which was mildly discouraging to my ...more
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 ...more
This is the story of Tiuri, a 16-year old boy who is to be knighted the following day. His final task is to spent one last night in silence in a chapel. What sounds easy enough, suddenly becomes difficult when someone knocks on the door, urgently asking for hel ...more
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 ...more
It's a perilous trip across the Great Mountains, and Tiuri is pursued by wicked men determined to prevent the delivery of the letter.
It was seeing the strong character of this sixteen-year-old that I loved most about this book. Again and again, Tiuri was tested and set upon and tried and yet he alw ...more
I wanted to read the book before Netflix adaptation came out. But just don’t feel like continuing. Nothing is wrong with this book as such. This is a middle grade book so the plot isn’t very complex. I will keep this on my shelf and give it to my son when he can read. The plot is very simple - it’s like someone made a book out of Frodo’s flight in Lord of the rings from Bagend. It’s almost like first half of the Fellowship of the ring, except that the protagonist is traveling alone with ...more
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. ...more
The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy’s battle against evil ...more
Thank you Allen & Unwin for this book in exchange for an honest review
I am actually surprised that I haven’t heard of this book before considering it has been around for a while and there is a Netflix TV show for it, guess I have been living under a rock!!
I do love finding an inspiring character. Generally the hero of the story who is depicted as brave really isn’t and relies on other’s to assist them or they seem absolutely perfect and everything magicall ...more
Now, when I was younger my sister actually had a copy of this book, which was the one I was reading in for the last few days. But it never appealed to me as a child. The cover did not, the title did not and I don’t think I have ever read the synopsis. Now that I am older and the Netflix series came out, I realised this children’s literature has been a big part i ...more
At times, I wished that I could give poor Tiuri a smartphone. All that the poor lad had to do was take a message to the King! Her ...more
Tonke Dragt werd in 1930 geboren in Nederlands-Indië, 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 vrien...more