Yvain, the Knight of the Lion

Yvain, the Knight of the Lion

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In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life.

Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes, readers are — at first glance — transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain’s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain’s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.

Baker & Taylor
The glory-seeking Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court, defeating a local lord in battle and unwittingly intertwining his future with the lives of Lady Laudine, widow of the fallen lord, and her sorcerous maid, Lunette.

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A first graphic novel by the National Book Award-winning author of Symphony for the City of the Dead captures the romantic and perilous quest of the Arthurian knight in a vibrant visual interpretation of Chrétien de Troyes' 12th-century epic poem.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763659394
Characteristics: 125 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Knight of the lion


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JCLChrisK Jan 25, 2018

A thoughtful and exciting retelling of an old Arthurian tale that captures the epic nature of the original along with plenty of dark subtext and subtle commentary on the gender roles and politics of the time. Wonderful artwork.

Sep 07, 2017

A solid graphic novelization of the old Arthurian tale.

Sep 07, 2017

I like that they're doing retellings of Arthurian legends as graphic novels. I studied Chrétien de Troyes in university so it was really interesting to read this. It took me a while to get used to the art style (I mostly read manga, which I prefer) but I think the artist did a good job of conveying action and emotions. The story itself is entertaining until the end, which is a bit lame, in my opinion. I recommend reading the author's note at the end which explains more about the times. I like the character Lunette; she's really smart. Recommended for teens.

Jan 27, 2017

MT Anderson takes on one of the lesser-known knights of King Arthur's Round Table in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel. I read the ARC, so the images weren't presented in the best resolution, but even so, it's clear that Andrea Offerman's artwork in the finished product will be exceptional. The traditional tale offers plenty of fodder for discussion with teens. There's no easily identifiable hero, and every character is flawed, including King Arthur himself. Anderson's author's note in the back delves into some of the reasons why the story appealed to him, and those interested in using the book for discussion may want to start there as he illuminates some of the key questions surrounding the female characters and their roles in Arthur's world and in this story in particular, and the courtly traditions that drive certain aspects of the tale.

While Anderson's writing makes the tale easily accessible to most teen readers, it also carefully maintains the tenor of storytelling of that period. There's plenty of jousting and battles against fearsome creatures, but at its heart, this is a tale of loyalty, honor, duty, forgiveness, and the complex relationships, both between men and women and between men and men, of this era. Offerman's panel illustrations are full of movement, yet detailed enough and carefully paced to make action scenes easy to follow. Employing a palette in shades of brown with highlights of green, red, and blue that help to differentiate characters and their allegiances, she pays homage to the feel of illuminated manuscripts of that era both through style and layout. A tale worth multiple reads and one that offers plenty of substance for teens to dig into.

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Jan 27, 2017

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JCLChrisK Jan 25, 2018

It is truly a marvel, but I tell you, hatred and love may live cramped together, crouching in the same heart. There are many secret chambers in our hearts where love can hide and many battlements where hate can stand, watching for enemies.


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