The Telling Pool

The Telling Pool by David Clement-Davies
David Clement-Davies
Harry N. Abrams
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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

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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 Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States


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