Synopses & Reviews
You need three things to become a brave and noble knight:
- A warhorse
- A fair maiden
- A just cause
Will has a horse a small chestnut stallion with a white blaze in his brow. Ellie is a fair maiden, but she's supposed to marry Will's older brother, Gavin. And as for the cause, King Richard is calling for a Crusade. The Knights of England must go to the Holy Land to fight.
Will and Gavin will go. Blood will be shed. Lives will be taken. But through it all, two things will be constant Ellie, and a blood-red horse called Hosanna.
"The parallel coming-of-age stories are compelling, and Grant portrays both sides of the conflict without demonizing or idealizing either." Booklist
"This fast-paced story rides smoothly, except when twenty-first century ideas sneak into dialogue and motivations." Hornbook Guide to Children
"The historical setting and the vocabulary may challenge younger readers but ensure that older ones will find the book a rewarding adventure, one not soon forgotten and one that lends itself to great discussion." School Library Journal