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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls (Knight's Story) Hardcover – 17 Jul 2003
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Owes a lot to Beowulf and more to pulp fiction: close scrapes with monsters and villains, wisecracks, double and triple crossings and plenty of Tarantinoid violence. The language has the easy clarity of a Paul Jennngs story with a similar wealth of episode ... The energy of Riddell's line drawings matches the hectic pace of the storytelling. One for the lads? All the females are villainous and most end up dead, so it should go down well amongst some of them at least. (Books for Keeps)
This is one knight who survives not just by being heroic - a pile of skulls is testimony to those who've tried this - but on his own wits. (Waterstones Books Quarterly)
Suitable for pupils of 11 years up ... written to appeal to less able readers ... Funny with a good line in irony ... There are some hefty examples of similes to appeal to the English teacher. The premise of the story and the settings are really clearly described and illustrated so that the reader willl have a good picture of the situations in his head. ... an engrossing story for this age group ... it is likely that having read this one readers will be looking for more. (School Librarian)
Raymond Chandler goes to Camelot ... Narrated in a hard-bitten, sardonic voice ... aimed at children of 10 upwards whose reading ability is some way behind their chronological age, but it could be equally enjoyed by word-savvy eight and nine-year-olds. (TES)
The first in a series of stories about the fantastical adventures of a mercenary knight by the best-selling creators of THE EDGE CHRONICLESSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Actually wanted to read this rather than play on computer!
You never seem to learn 'Free Lance's real name because the Herald can't be bother to listen to him.
This book contains 3 stories:1) Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
2) Free Lance and the Field of Blood
3) Free Lance and the Dragon's Horde
Lovely witty descriptions and plenty of humor. Fun pictures too.
He's known as Freelance because that is what he is. He battles other knights, dragons and witches in these entertaining tales.
.I'd recommend them as stories to be read to younger children as well as to be read all the way to adult
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Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell's A KNIGHT'S STORY, is an interesting short novel that is sure to appeal to middle readers, especially males. The prose, by Paul Stewart, is engaging and interesting, and the illustrations by Chris Riddell, while a little strange, will keep the reader turning the pages until the very end. Overall, this was an interesting start to an enjoyable new series.
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