This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Monday, June 18, 2007

At the Crossing Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland

A Review

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.

This was one of my books for the Spring Reading Thing hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days. Spring is coming to a fast end and so is the reading thing. I will be joining the other participants in recapping this week.

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