Story summary: Sequel to Hawk of May. "Armed with his magical sword and otherwordly horse, Gwalchmai [Sir Gawain] proves himself the most feared and faithful warrior of Arthur's noble followers. But while defending the kingdom, he commits a grave offense against the woman he loves, leading her to disappear from his life and haunt his memories." (From the back cover.)
Why You Will Like This Book:
- A tale of a quest for redemption and forgiveness
- Deep character study
- Historical accuracy
- Inspiring Christianity (without being a "Christian book")
- It was pretty sad. Well, more bittersweet than anything else, I suppose. I don't want to spoil too much, so I won't be specific.
Now, I don't want to make it seem like it's a really sad book. It isn't. In fact, there are a number of happy, funny things that happen. But there's a particular sort of thing I tend to cry at, and this one has lots of it. Unfortunately, I'm not able to explain it very well. Analyzing and verbalizing my emotions isn't always my forte. I think it has something to do with loss of potential in people: someone who is brought down by insecurity and pride into a state so much lesser than they could be. But I know there's more to it than that, I just can't grasp it at this time.
- As with Hawk of May, I'm just going to send you over to my list of Arthurian recs (with an emphasis on Sir Gawain) for most of my recommendations.
- But I'm going to give special emphasis to The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein: It has the same beautiful melancholy, the relationships almost going right. Really good book, though dark.
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken: Because it also has a bittersweet love story (though in quite a different way), and because I want any excuse to recommend it.