Stori am Rhodri, mab i brif hebogydd arglwydd Normanaidd ar ororau Cymru sy'n wynebu tynged ddiddorol. Bydd yn rhaid iddo wynebu rhyfel ac ymgeisio i ddod o hyd i gleddyf Caledfwlch. Addas i ddarllenwyr 12+ oed.
Rhodri Falcon, son of Owen master Falconer to a Norman lord on the border with Wales, has his fortune read at a fair. It foretells of war and sends Rhodri on a quest to unlock the sword of Excalibur. Suitable for readers aged 12+ years.
I was delighted to discover this was a stand-alone book. The story was enjoyable, with twists and turns to the end that made me wonder whether it could be resolved in the remaining pages! Fortunately, it reaches a satisfying conclusion.
Set at the time of the Crusades, Rhodri is a young lad forced to grow up quickly. His father goes off to fight in the Holy Lands, leaving Rhodri to care for his mother and their farm. A hard enough task, made more complicated by Rhodri’s encounter with a supernatural pool, which reveals snippets of the past, both recent and long-gone. So it is that Rhodri’s life entangles with the lives of Arthur and Guinevere, and he confronts his destiny. Themes include prejudice, growing up and having to face the consequences of one’s choices.
Towards the start of the novel, Clement-Davies’s thorough research was presented in a rather unwieldy manner, although after the initial info-dump, it smoothed out. Clement-Davies combines a fascinating mythology with a distinct sense of the real life of the time, especially the details concerning the responsibilities of a falconer.
The book is written with older teenagers in mind, and I liked the selections of poetry which opened every chapter – excerpts from Coleridge, Yeats, Byron and Hardy among them, which signposted the main theme or content of each chapter. Well done to Clement-Davies for setting an intellectual challenge to his readers.
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