THE KNIGHT OF THE GOLDEN PLAIN by Mollie Hunter

THE KNIGHT OF THE GOLDEN PLAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Identified as a boy's dream at the beginning, told with a trace of the mock-heroic in Hunter's rhythmic sweep, and illustrated with amusing, appropriate relish, this tells of the Saturday outing of Sir Dauntless, Knight of the Golden Plain, who no sooner sets out to rout the witches and slay the dragons than the tasks are done. He then heads for a castle in search of a damsel in distress, and just as quickly finds lovely Dorabella, whose voice has been stolen and caged by evil demon Arriman, in the form of a singing bird. To retrieve the voice, Sir Dauntless must ford the Rapid River ("". . . Black and sullen were its waters. Swiftly the waters flowed in the rapid current. . . "") on his brave horse Midnight, then hack and slash his way to the heart of the Dark Forest--where True Love, objectified in Dorabella's silk handkerchief, saves him from harm; the Power of the Cross defeats the demon; and the bird, released, flies home. Now Dorabella, her voice restored, awaits Sir Dauntless. . . but he will return some other time; for now, the power of his mother's chocolate cherry tea cake draws him home. Told just-for-fun for Hunter's grandsons: a melodic, slyboots dalliance with old stories and young dreams.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1983
Publisher: Harper & Row