Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer PS
Rhodri Falcon has lived his 11 years in
happiness with his mother and father, a master
falconer. But as unrest in the lands sends his
father, Owen, to fight in the wars, Rhodri has to
take up the responsiblities of the man of the
house, much to his disappointment. Over the next
few years, Rhodri is haunted by a fourtune he
heard at a fair and one day, he ventures into the
forest against his parents wishes, where he comes
upon a blind hermit named Tantallon. Tantallon
guides him in the ways of magic and shows him the
Telling Pool, a place where Rhodri sees what's
happening to his father. When Rhodri discovers
that his father has been enchanted by a witch
namd Homeira, it's up to him to find the fabled
sword Excalibur, the sword once held by King
Arthur himself, to break the curse. On his
journey, Rhodri discovers secrets about his
family history. It's up to Rhodri to use his wits
carefully before he gets enchanted too.
I really liked the Telling Pool. I took a
while to get into the story; the beginning was a
bit slow, but necessary to tie into the story.
I'm fascinated with stories relating to King
Arthur and Guenviere, so I enjoyed that aspect of
the novel. The story was also cleverly set during
the Third Crusade, and it's hard to find novels
set at the time period. Being a fan of historical
fiction, I really liked this new time. The
magical element of the novel was fun as well.
Clement-Davies did a good job of mixing history,
old legends, magic, and even a bit of romance.
I'd recommend this novel to anyone.
Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7
Reviewer Age: 19
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer KMeng
Rhodri Falcon gets lost at the village fair and meets a
blind blacksmith. The blacksmith tells him of the Telling
Pool, which is a magic spring that a few chosen people can
see the past, present, and future. Rhodri's father has to go
fight in the Crusades and Rhodri doesn't want to stay in the
village. He wants to be a hero. He learns information in the
pool and when his father comes back he is a bitter person.
Rhodri has to use the knowledge he learned to save his dad.
He must also find the one sword that will save his country.
Without taking on his destiny the whole country might die.
I thought this book was an excellent read. The author
used many, many adjectives to describe the setting and it
was done extremely well. Not only was I visualizing the
setting, I could feel what was going on around me. The
narrator was very detailed in everything. My favorite part
of the whole story were the words. The writing was very
beautiful. I have never read a book that took place in this
time period so it was interesting to read about how people
acted and what they did. The story was very exciting and was
a page turner. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a
little bit of fantasy with adventure. It was wonderful!
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania