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By Cornelia Funke

In the spirit of DRAGON RIDER and THE THIEF LORD, a fascinating fairy story instructed with Cornelia's trademark heat and wit: excellent Funke fare for readers within the heart grades--Cornelia's "sweet spot"!

Igraine goals of turning into a well-known knight similar to her nice grandfather, however the fact is, lifestyles on the relations fortress is very uninteresting. until eventually the nephew of the baroness-next-door exhibits up. he is acquired a dastardly plan to catch the fortress and declare as his personal the glorious making a song spell books that belong to Igraine's magician mom and dad. To make concerns worse, on the very second of the siege, her ma and pa botch a spell, turning themselves into pigs! Aided via a steady large and a Sorrowful Knight, it really is as much as Igraine to be courageous and retailer the day--and the books!

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Igraine gave him the second one lance. Osmund was once having a look nervously at his champion. eventually, Rowan Heartless snatched a lance from the arms of 1 of the squires, gave it a suspicious glance, and fixed it less than his arm. Angrily, he slammed down his visor and rode his horse again onto the tilting flooring. The sunlight was once slowly sinking at the back of the woods. Darkness was once falling, however the gentle of the torches illuminated the empty house marked out among the tents and the fortress. Up at the fort wall, Albert summoned glowworms to illuminate the battlements. eco-friendly mild spilled from the tower window. once more, Osmund’s servants blew their trumpets. And for the second one time the 2 knights prompt their horses ahead. quickly they decreased their lengthy lances. every one iron tip swung up and down, pointing on the breast of the oncoming knight. once more Rowan Heartless simply controlled to get his blow in first, yet his goal used to be now not solid. His lance glanced off the sad Knight’s armed shoulder. in the meantime the unhappy Knight struck Heartless in the course of his chest together with his blunted lance. The bad blow made the Spiky Knight sway lots that merely gripping his horse’s mane saved him within the saddle. A murmur ran throughout the throng of infantrymen crowding round the tilting flooring. They have been even sitting at the catapults that were cleared away, at the destroy of the battering ram, anyplace they can get an excellent view of the struggle. Osmund the grasping, up on his dais, folded his fingers and angrily chewed his beard. His weakened castellan straightened himself with trouble, rode again to his squires, swaying, and beat them in regards to the ears along with his splintered lance. Igraine couldn’t make out what he was once shouting, yet she observed of the squires run to their master’s tent. “He nonetheless thinks they’ve simply given him the incorrect lance,” she whispered whilst the unhappy Knight used to be again beside her. whilst he opened his visor she passed him a headband in order that he may perhaps wipe the sweat from his face. “You have been outstanding! ” she stated. “I’ve by no means noticeable this type of reliable lance-thrust earlier than. ” “Don’t exaggerate,” stated the knight, yet he couldn’t support smiling once more. “He’s furious,” he extra quietly. “So livid that he’s making blunders. That’s sturdy from our perspective — excellent. ” “The gentle within the tower is getting brighter and brighter,” Igraine whispered again. “The magic can’t be for much longer now. So don’t take too many hazards. What’s extra, we have now merely 3 lances left, and one among them is a section wobbly. ” At that second Heartless’s squires got here again with new lances. The Spiky Knight tested them either after which flung them angrily to the floor. Igraine laughed softly. “Look at that! Any second now he’s going to gain that he doesn’t have an enchanted lance anymore. What do you think that? ” however the Sorrowful Knight didn’t solution. He appeared down at his horse in quandary, made the mare take a number of steps ahead and again back. Then he patted her flank, which used to be rainy with sweat, and bent all the way down to Igraine. “Listen,” he acknowledged in a low voice. “I’m going to need to ask Heartless to proceed the wrestle with swords, strolling.

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