An adorable tail (ha!) of an Arthurian Redwall.
A mysterious curse sparks a dangerous quest in book two of the epic middle grade series ALA Booklist called “a charming blend of Arthurian legend and Brian Jacques’s Redwall series.”
Young mouse Calib Christopher has nearly completed his training to become a squire to the Knights of Camelot when news of a deadly plague reaches the castle. Soon all of Camelot is showing signs of the illness, animals and humans alike. Desperate to find a cure, Calib and his friend Cecily set off on a voyage to find the healing land of Avalon. But even as their journey takes them over land and sea, back at home, Calib’s human friend Galahad discovers that the true enemy may have already found a way inside the castle walls.…
Perhaps my favorite part of Leung’s series is that these character are not King Arthur’s court of mice. These mice, and other critters, live in the castle at Camelot and help to protect the kingdom unbeknownst to the two-leggers, which allows for Leung to create characters that are all her own.
When Voyage to Avalon begins, the mice are finishing the harvest festival trials which were interrupted in the the first book. I had to wonder why Calib wasn’t made a knight after the events of the first novel though. Imagine saving the kingdom just for everyone to turn around and say, “Nah, son. You still need to drag these stones across the courtyard.”
It really slowed down the opening for me, but don’t worry, it wasn’t slow for long.
We get thrust into all sort of Arthurian tropes throughout the rest of the book including a certain son of a king and a lady of the lake.
Just like book #1, Voyage to Avalon is an adorable read with beautiful descriptions… especially of the food. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a craving for some bread and a nice hot cocoa.