At the Crossing Places, Kevin Crossley-Holland’s second book of The Arthur Trilogy is just as good as his first book, The Seeing Stone, although I don’t believe it is a completely stand alone story. One would be hard pressed to stuff all the necessary background from the first book into the already action packed pages of the second. That said it was an enjoyable read for this fan of all things Arthurian.
The story takes place in two ages, in the year 1200 and also in the misty past of Camelot and the legendary King Arthur. The young hero, also Arthur possesses a “seeing stone” given to him by his “guide,” Merlin. The seeing stone gives him glimpses back to the Round Table and to the quests of the knights who sat around it.
The book, published by Scholastic is definitely an older juvenile book, but also an extremely enjoyable read for an adult. The chapters are very busy but small so that the material can be absorbed. The main characters are well fleshed and engaging. Crossley-Holland’s historical research is obviously well done and his writing is just accessible and vivid.
Light but fun and fast moving reading for an adult, wonderful and well done adventure series for an older juvenile audience, and most possibly an appropriate and exciting read-aloud for a younger juvenile audience who crave action, At the Crossing Places and the whole Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland is a recommended read.