Voyage to Avalon ★★★★☆

33913965An 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.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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