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The Squire's Tale

(The Squire's Tales #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  8,992 ratings  ·  423 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 11th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (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 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nikki
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
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Wealhtheow
Oct 14, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
bratfarrar says, "whimsy and maturity and general decency are why I really like Diana Wynne Jones and Garth Nix and Gerald Morris. That is, each writes characters that I care about and worlds that I want to explore, and tells stories that make me want to be a better person."
Sherrie Lynn
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Connor
Dec 11, 2015 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
Ghost Ryter
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Amy
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Saoirse
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was alright? I think I would have loved it had I read it when it first came out (which I was convinced I HAD done... turns out there's more than one book with this title), but as an adult the humour fell a bit flat. There's also a weird thing where like, the moral lessons the characters learn are important things about How To Treat Women but the book itself doesn't seem to particularly LIKE any of its female characters? So you end up with "Gawain learns he should let women make their o ...more
Richard
This was fast-paced, humorous and enjoyable. In an attempt to rehabilitate Sir Gawain, it retells some of the stories about him from the point of view of a minor character, his squire Terence (a character invented by the author). Like Arthur himself, Terence was given to foster care from an early age and his parentage is a mystery. He is presented at first as likeable and docile, but not all that quick on the uptake. However, he does have special aptitudes and abilities which appear from the ope ...more
Ariana
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)
Mallorie
Aug 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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).
Emma
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Amazing. The whole series, actually
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5

I can't believe how long it had been since I had read this one. Within a few pages of picking it up yesterday, all of my happy feelings towards this book came flooding back, and now I want to reread the entire series! This book has a perfect balance of humor and thoughtfulness, and the series on the whole is a fun and interesting take on the Arthurian legends. Highly recommended.
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
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Jess
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
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Lo
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Athelas Hale
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Eloria
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this series so much!

So lately I have been a bit lazy and not writing reviews. Well I have one for you all today!!!!

First of all this book is so eventful and is full of non-stop action + adventure. If you like knights, squires, faeries, and hot headed damsels then this book would be perfect for you. The Squire's tales is a series that is based off of the lesser known poems of King Arthur. In the first book(this one) Sir Gawain, and his squire Terence are the main characters. Now I remembe
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Margery Bayne
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Between three and four stars. As an adult reader, it is more of a three star read in terms of my personal enjoyment. As a piece of kid lit and getting into my own child self's brain, this was four star quality fantasy writing.

My first reaction to this book was a sense of nostalgia for the more straight forward high fantasy/sword and shield fantasy books I read as a young person that aren't really in vogue right now (nevermind that I read another of Gerald Morris' books). There is a sort of char
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Stephanie C
I read this before bed last night and found it both sweet and charming. I was a bit taken aback by the body count (all the killing felt so _casual_), and by the swearing (even if it was all in French). On the other hand, I loved our main characters, and the humor. I also felt like it was setting up a world where morality is important, while still telling the story of realistic, flawed characters, all in a very short, middle-grade format. I liked it more than Lloyd Alexander, and almost enough to ...more
Kristina Calugay
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book because it wasn't 'my cup of tea'. This story takes time in a medieval time and talks about kings, kingdoms, knights, and those medieval relating things. It was hard for me to follow the plot and it was hard for me to understand some things. I don't think I'll be planing to finish this series or read any other book like these (because I prefer more realistic stories or fantasy).
Jeanette
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this on a recommendation from a friend! At first, I wasn’t quite sure. So many things were happening. But it all flowed together in the end in a surprising way. A delightful story of adventure and character growth.
Sky
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Man, I was so excited to start a series that had a billion books in it to occupy me for a while! But I didn't like this one bit :(

The whole plot of the book was literally the main knight having to learn "Maybe... women... are people too??" and I was sitting there like "UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH". At least it was short because it was middle grade crol.

BETTER BOOKS TO READ ABOUT SQUIRES THAN THIS:
-The Letter to the King, by Tonke Dragt
-Protector of the Small series, by Tamora Pierce


(Also... what the
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DeNae
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
all kids from 6-15 and the mama were laughing at the humor of this book and captivated by the adventure. A fun read for all.
Jacob
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrea
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenalee
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Annie
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Rushna
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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Gerald Morris is an award-winning author, best known for his retellings of Arthurian legends for preteen and teen readers.

His first series, The Squire's Tales, focuses primarily on a squire named Terence, alongside his knight, Sir Gawain. The ten-book series began with The Squire's Tale, first published in 1998.

His second series, The Knights' Tales, is for younger readers and began with The Advent
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Other books in the series

The Squire's Tales (10 books)
  • The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady (The Squire's Tales, #2)
  • The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf (The Squire's Tales, #3)
  • Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales, #4)
  • The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales, #5)
  • The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight (The Squire's Tales, #6)
  • The Lioness and Her Knight (The Squire's Tales, #7)
  • The Quest of the Fair Unknown (The Squire's Tales, #8)
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