Catherine Jinks is a medieval scholar and young adult author -- a background that is evident in this third of four stories about Pagan Kidrouk. Catherine Jinks's books have garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. Pagan grew out of a university course Catherine Jinks took about the Crusades, and her fascination with the real Order of the Templar. She was also heavily influenced by British comedies like MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. She didn't expect, however, that she would end up writing four books about Templar squire Pagan Kidrouk. "He was such a strong character," she explains, "that he sprang into my head fully formed, and wouldn't go away until I'd worked out his entire life span. He's certainly the strongest character Ive ever written about. The cutest, too, I think." Catherine Jinks lives in Australia.
"Jinks turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory," said PW in a starred review of her Pagan's Crusade, the first of a planned quartet of books. Pagan's Vows by Catherine Jinks, the third installment, finds Lord Roland and Pagan renouncing their violent ways as they aspire to become monks at the Abbey of Saint Martin. Pagan's familiar, wry observations make light of his and Roland's struggles, adjusting to their monastic life. Pagan also finds out who is embezzling money from the abbey. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Gr 7-9-Life in a medieval monastery is rife with venomous characters and underhanded dealings in this unfocused series offering set in 1188. Squire Pagan Kidrouk and his master, Lord Roland, have entered the Abbey of St. Martin to train as monks. Life consists of memorizing Latin passages, praying, and staying out of trouble. Pagan begins to hear whispers of a bribery scheme involving the cover-up of a church official's pedophilia, and when he begins to unravel the threads of the scandal, he changes the course of not only his own life, but also the lives of several others. It's important to have read the two earlier books in order to put these characters into context and understand their actions. The story rambles for quite awhile until it becomes more cohesive and eventful. The prose is somewhat choppy due to the use of short fragments rather than complete sentences. Also, Pagan's sarcastic thoughts are often placed in parentheses within these fragments, further interrupting the flow. The characters sometimes change their behaviors without explanation and some loose ends remain unresolved. Avi's Crispin (Hyperion, 2002) or Nancy Springer's I Am Mordred (Philomel, 1998) are better choices.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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