This is the book review required by the current Here’s To Us reading challenge (Camelot, Lancelot, and More ~ See post several spaces down). Enjoy!
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
Copyright 1939, Laurel Leaf Books
The Wart is a young orphaned boy growing up under the care of Sir Ector, his foster father. He hasn’t got anything much in his future; He is to be esquire to his older foster brother Kay when he becomes a knight. He leads a dull life until he finds Merlyn, a great magician willing to be his and Kay’s tutor. Merlyn provides the boys with life lessons as well as a noble education, and he even turns The Wart into various animals and plants so that he may experience life from all points of view.
When the news comes that the great king of England, Uther Pendragon, has died without an heir, a contest is devised to see who is worthy of kinghood, or perhaps Pendragon’s hidden heir. The royal court of Sir Ector, including The Wart, troop off to London to try in the contest, which is pulling a sacred sword out of an anvil set before a church. Will The Wart ever become anything more than a lowly esquire, or will he himself pull the sword from the stone? Read the book to find out!
In this magical story of young King Arthur, we learn a valuable lesson of loyalty and friendship, no matter what happens. Although this book is fairly old, the writing has a modern, upbeat style that will charm any fantasy lover. Rating: Four stars.