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Yvain : The Knight of the Lion
by M. T. Anderson and Andrea Offermann


Overview - In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life.

Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette.  Read more...


 
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Overview
In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life.

Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chretien de Troyes, readers are -- at first glance -- transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain's oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain's role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763659394
  • ISBN-10: 0763659398
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 144
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Legends, Myths, & Fables - Arthurian
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Andersons (Symphony for the City of the Dead) clever, nuanced recasting of Chrétien de Troyess Arthurian legend blends archaic courtliness (May God hear you) with modern clarity (Oh, dry up). Young knight Yvain, banished from the castle for breaking his promise to his wife, the noble Laudine, retreats into the forest: There was a storm in his head so violent that he did not know who he was. Emerging chastened and transformed, he seizes the chance to stand as champion for Laudines servant Lunette, hoping to redeem himself in his ladys eyesonly to find that his opponent is his cousin Gawain. Along the way, he rescues innocents from monsters and evildoers with the help of a lion whose life he saved. Offermanns (the Thickety series) sequential artwork provides a thrilling, nonstop barrage of swordplay, gallantry, and magic; her battle scenes pulse with life, especially when the lion comes to Yvains aid. Throughout, Anderson teases out the storys dark undercurrents, in which friends can be foes, and every emotion conceals its opposite: I tell you, hatred and love may live cramped together, crouching in the same heart. Ages 12up. (Mar.)

 
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