Book: The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf

The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf
Gerald Morris
2000

This book is a children’s fantasy novel that elaborates on the story of Lynet from the King Arthur legends. The story as it was written in L’Morte de Arthur is rather confusing and doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Morris does a decent job of sorting through the various pieces of the story and creating a background that fuses them together in a way that makes much more sense.

The writing is decent throughout the book, but it really shines in the dialogue where the characters become very human and a healthy dose of humour is aloud to show through. In the passages that are not funny, however, the writing is average for a novel of this type. The characters are decently drawn, if somewhat two-dimensional at times. They are much more real that L’Morte de Arthur shows them to be.

I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t anything particularly spectacular. If you like Arthurian legends, this is a great read and makes much more sense than the legend it is based on, but if that aspect of it doesn’t matter to you, there are better children’s fantasy books out there.

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