|Plot Summary of Witch in the Wood|
The Witch in the Wood, also called The Queen of Air and Darkness, is the second book in The Once and Future King pentalogy (following The Sword in the Stone, and followed by The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn).
Young Arthur is now King of England, but finds himself in times of great political unrest. Wondering, and not understanding, why people wage war on each other, he wants to create an order of chivalry where good deeds would be rewarded.
In the meantine four boys, Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris and Gareth, are up to some mischief to get their mother's attention. But Queen Morgause of the Outer Ilses, who's also a witch, is too eager on avenging her father's death and on having Uther Pendragon's heir pay for her mother's miserable life.
The pace of this book is very irregular, and I found the author's numerous references to his own times (the late 1930's) useless and rather annoying. However, I enjoyed some chapters a lot, especially the hilarious one where King Pellinore is in love and depressed, and Sir Palomides and Sir Grummore disguise as the Questing Beast to cheer him up, to finally have the Beast fall in love with them.
This synopsis report prepared by crooty
|Chapter Analysis of Witch in the Wood|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- King Arthur
Coming of age
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
- general past
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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