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Keeper of the Grail, Michael P. Spradlin

Label
Keeper of the Grail
Title
Keeper of the Grail
Statement of responsibility
Michael P. Spradlin
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety
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  • Gr. 5-8 Left as a baby at a monastery, Tristan has spent the last 14 years working with the gentle monks and pondering his identity. Facts surrounding his arrival there seem to indicate he is of noble birth. Yet even these suspicions in no way prepare him for what's in store with the arrival of Sir Thomas and a group of Knights Templar on their way to the Holy Land. In short order, Thomas makes Tristan his squire, Tristan makes an enemy of malevolent Sir Hugh, and the warriors, with Tristan now among their ranks, head to the Saracen stronghold of Acre. Let the fighting begin! And so it does, with much of the book's second half taken up with battles, skirmishes, and ambushes. The deadly action, uncompromising in many of its descriptions, may take center stage, but Spradlin smartly doesn't neglect story. Tristan is given an immense challenge and responsibility and meets new friends, whose names clever readers will find familiar. The stirring saga ends with a true cliff-hanger, priming fans for the next installment. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 09-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 2, p56)
  • Gr 5–9— Spradlin has reworked familiar elements into a fast-paced historical adventure with a touch of fantasy. Taken on as a squire by a well-regarded Templar knight, 14-year-old Tristan goes with King Richard's crusade to the Holy Land. A foundling, he gleans from others, especially from an enemy he makes among the Templars, that his origins are something special. Quickly acquiring sword skills, he participates in a battle at Acre, even coming to the aid of the King. Later on, he is entrusted with the Holy Grail and instructed to take it to Scotland. On his way home he is attacked and later befriended first by one of the King's archers, Robard Hode, and then by a Saracen assassin who turns out to be a maid, Maryam. While the events may test credulity, the first-person narrative carries readers along before dumping Tristan into the Mediterranean Sea for a rather abrupt ending. Although it seems obvious that all will survive, readers may want to wait until the second book is available, promised in fall 2009, before beginning this exciting journey.—Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD --Kathleen Isaacs (Reviewed February 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 2, p110)
  • An entertaining premise sinks under the leaden weight of amateurish writing. Young Tristan, abandoned as an infant to a monastery, is recruited as a squire by the noble Sir Thomas as the Knights Templar embark on the Third Crusade. Once in the Holy Land, Tristan encounters both honorable duty and savage butchery, as he is thrust into the role of guardian to the Holy Grail. Kings, assassins, knights and a certain archer of Sherwood cross his path, as Tristan reluctantly undertakes a quest that may depend upon the mystery of his parentage. This might have been an amusing, if over-the-top, diversion; alas, from the howling clunker of the opening line, the prose plonks and stutters through a clich-riddled morass of glaring anachronisms, historical blunders, continuity errors, ham-fisted foreshadowings, irrelevant info-dumps and bizarre neologisms. Derivative set pieces feature wincingly one-dimensional stereotypes, while the mustachio-twirling villain all but kicks kittens in a cartoonish caricature of Evil. The enticing cover and glowing blurbs can't disguise what reads like an unedited first draft. Skip it. (Historical fiction. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
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290120
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spradlin, Michael P
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The youngest Templar
Series volume
bk. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Grail
  • Middle Ages
  • Crusades
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Keeper of the Grail, Michael P. Spradlin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Map on lining papers
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
248 p.
Isbn
9780399247637
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007036143
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o176648785
  • (Sirsi) o176648785
  • (OCoLC)176648785
Label
Keeper of the Grail, Michael P. Spradlin
Publication
Note
Map on lining papers
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
248 p.
Isbn
9780399247637
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007036143
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o176648785
  • (Sirsi) o176648785
  • (OCoLC)176648785

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