Tor, Jan 2005, 14.95, 432 pp.
Ben steps into a world called Mythgarthr where he meets Disiri, the elf Queen of the Wood, who looks into his heart finding honor and loyalty. She magically changes the lad into an adult knight dubbed Able of the High Heart and provides him with a quest to obtain the mythical sword possessed and guarded by a ferocious dragon. However, to sprinkle someone with power and skill and change them into something else does not impact what is inside. The American expatriate struggles with his new environment filled with magic and magical beings and his lack of his experience beyond those of a young teen, not a fighting knight. Though doubts ring his every step, he is still young at heart and so begins his adventures as a stranger in a strange body in a strange land where everybody is strange.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
The story takes the form of a letter written from a boy to his brother in America. One morning, while out walking, the boy enters another universe of interlocking magical realms. There he is given the name Able of the High Heart, an absurd title until he is transformed into a powerful man by a beautiful and otherworldly queen. He then, ostensibly at least, sets out to find a mythical sword. Most of the story, however is taken up with his slow grasping of human nature as he pursues a quest to become a knight.
But not just any knight. The story gains power through its simple telling of Able's extraordinary exploits. He becomes a knight simply by calling himself one. He fights dragons and giants. For servants he takes a one-eyed man, an Ogre, two fire nymphs, and a hunch-backed beggar. He gains the strength of the sea.
This report prepared by Kevin Tolley
The main character of this two novel series is Able, an American teen. Able finds himself in a new and dangerous world, Mythgarthr. Fortunately he finds shelter with a man named Bert, who strangely resembles Able's brother in America. Bert teaches the teen much about his new world. Taught to hunt and farm, Able settles in for a few years to learn of this world's history from Bert.
Mythgarthr is populated by men and giants, while Aelfs (elves) visit from a world called Aelfrice, and Gods visit from a world called Skai.
While hunting one day, Able meets a knight, Sir Ravd and his squire Svon, who hire Able to lead them toward a village where they may find clues of the whereabouts of a local band of outlaws. This marks the beginning of Ables adventures that lead him around the world and into manhood and eventually knighthood.
Along the way, Able falls in love with a Disiri, a young and beautiful Aelvish queen. Disiri informs Able that their relationshp can grow no further until he retrieves a fabled sword named Eterne, suspected to be guarded by a dragon
Sent on quest after quest, first from Disiri, then Dukes and Gods, Able manages to survive and thrive, aquiring an alien dog, a speaking cat, a magical bow, and bits and pieces of armor he will need when he is Knighted.
The Knight is followed by a second book, the Wizard.
This report prepared by Roger Perry