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Morris, Gerald. The savage damsel and the dwarf.

MORRIS, Gerald. The savage damsel and the dwarf. (The Squire's Tales, Book III). Houghton Mifflin. 213p. c2000. 0-618-196811. $5.95. JS

Lynet, the "savage damsel" of the title, is a strong-minded young woman who can't hear to see any more young, unskilled knights dying in attempts to rescue her sister from the Knight of the Red Lands. She sets off alone for Camelot to enlist the help of an experienced knight from King Arthur's court to rescue her. Her assistance comes in the unlikely form of a dwarf and a kitchen servant. As Lynet discovers, neither is really what he appears to be. On the way back to Castle Perle, she and her unusual companions face a variety of amusing adventures together. In due course, all that was hidden is revealed, and the happy ending, while never in doubt, brings the tale to a satisfying conclusion.

Author Gerald Morris provides a modern interpretation of the Arthurian legends, including an affectionate nod to Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur in his author's note at the conclusion. The Savage Damsel stands well on its own or as the third book in the series The Squire's Tales. Mary Melaugh, Libn., Marshall M.S., Billerica, MA
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Author:Melaugh, Mary
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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