I became aware of a fierce, stabbing pain in my shoulder where Hengist's lance had struck. I'd felt the blow of a blunted tournament lance many times before -- a dull, bruising ache. But this was different. I put my hand to my shoulder and was shocked to feel the end of a shattered lance shaft.
A red mist descended. I was gripped by a murderous rage. I jumped to my feet, and as I drew my sword, the crowd gave a thunderous roar.
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Grade 3-6–In this series by the creators of The Edge Chronicles, an unnamed knight journeys through a generic medieval-fantasy countryside with his sturdy horse, Jed. In this second volume, they enter a tournament held at the castle of shifty-looking Duke Wolfhound. Free Lance wins his first jousts, and he feels he has a chance to win–until the duke offers him a sack full of gold to throw the final joust and lose to the duke's loutish henchman. Immediately afterward, the duke's beautiful niece begs the knight not to throw the match, because if he does, her uncle will force her to marry the henchman. The knight finds himself in a dilemma–and more tricks and betrayals lie ahead. The prose, and the story, are unchallenging, but will be popular with middle-grade readers–or middle-school marginal readers–who want an easy read with lots of fast-moving battles and action. The book is filled with Riddell's comic-book-style line drawings that instantly distinguish the good guys from the bad.–Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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Book Description Atheneum, New York, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. Riddell, Chris (illustrator). In his continuing adventures, the unbonded knight Free Lance - with the help of his new squire Wormrick - tries to save a lady of the court from a disastrous marriage by defying a treacherous lord who wants him to intentionally lose a jousting tournament. Bookseller Inventory # 8215
Book Description Atheneum, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689872402
Book Description Atheneum, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Chris Riddell (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689872402
Book Description Atheneum, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110689872402
Book Description Atheneum. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0689872402 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1202203