The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated (The Knights' Tales Series)
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Many years ago the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Though most of King Arthur’s knights freely chose a life of duty, for Sir Balin the Ill-Fated, destiny was foretold in a prophesy. And seriously, "ill-fated" is right there in his title, so Balin’s not surprised when things go sour. Still, no matter how dire the task, a loyal and gallant knight never refuses adventure!
bring misfortune on all his companions! He shall do marvelous deeds, but they will only serve him ill! In one day, he shall bring down two kingdoms! He shall strike the Dolorous Stroke!" "The what stroke?" asked the father. "The dolorous one." The father frowned, and the old woman added, "It means 'sad.'" "Why not say 'sad,' then?" asked the father. "He shall be brave above all knights! He shall never refuse an adventure!" "That's nice," the mother said. "Now, when he gets married—" "But
prophecy that matters, and I can see that one will come true very soon." Sir Balin looked confused. "I thought we'd agreed the prophecy was just silly." "Not the old woman's prophecy. Mine! Haven't I always predicted that you'd marry a nice northern girl?" Sir Balin and Lady Annalise glanced furtively at each other. Sir Balin cleared his throat. "What do you say, Annalise?" Lady Annalise shrugged. "What can I say? It's fate." "A prophecy's a prophecy," Sir Balin said, nodding soberly. "I
for all budding squires and damsels." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
weren't a man of peace, I'd take a sword and—" "Don't worry," Sir Balin said. "I'll take care of Sir Gorlon. That's my quest. Can you help us with Sir Peryn?" Together the three made Sir Peryn de Monte Belyard comfortable on a pallet in the hermitage. He wasn't badly hurt, but soon went to sleep from the shock and loss of blood. The hermit led them outside. "Are you really after Sir Gorlon?" "I am," Sir Balin said. "Although I don't have any idea how to look for an invisible knight." "I can
villain, who attacks other knights while invisible." Stocky Black-Beard grinned wolfishly and stepped forward. "I know you," he said. "You're the knight who jumped out of my way just in time yesterday and let me hit that young fellow instead. Have you come to punish me? Without a sword?" "Then you're Sir Gorlon?" Sir Balin asked. "That's who I am," sneered the knight. "But what you need to worry about is where I am." Sir Gorlon reached for his sword and was just beginning to draw the blade