"Suspenseful ... Fast-paced and action-packed, the book is filled with surprising encounters, as well as life and death struggles ... Terrors and grisly demises are graphically described, making this not a book for the squeamish."
School Library Journal
Awards for Knight's Wyrd:
"An unusual fantasy, matter-of-factly combining a realistic story of knighthood with magic ... The ending leaves the reader with the hope that further adventures ... will be forthcoming. A prepossessing, sensible hero and a lively story."
The Horn Book Magazine
Will Odosson's Fate
"You can take up the sword and be Sir William Odosson all your life long," the wizard said. "But you'll meet death before any other title come to you . . . It is your wyrd. I have seen it."
Wyrd . . . the shape of what would happen, the nature of things as they had to be.
Will drew a long, slow breath, let it out again, and drew another.
"Why?" he asked, and in spite of all the effort, his voice cracked on the question, sounding high and frightened as it echoed off the vaulted ceiling. "I know that if you've seen it, then it must be true. But why did you have to tell me about it tonight?"
by Debra Doyle &: James D. Macdonald
Jane Yolen Books
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
Copyright © 1992 by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
Maps and interior artwork by Joanna Yardley
What is a wyrd?
Wyrd is the old word for destiny, fate, or—as Master Finn, the castle wizard, tell Will Odosson on the eve of his knightingthe shape of what will happen.
And Will Odosson's wyrd is that he is never to inherit his father's barony and will meet death before a year has passed. Will heads north to tell his betrothed of his doom and soon finds himself in mortal combat with a man-eating troll, carnivorous mermaids, a dragon, dark knights aplenty, and an unkillable ogre who sucks the marrow out of men's bones.
Which one of these is Will's wyrd?
Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald present a thrilling, touching, and ultimately transfiguring story of a young knight who meets his destiny head on.
Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald are a wife-and-husband writing team who have published numerous short stories as well as a series of middle grade fantasy novels known collectively as Circle of Magic.
Debra Doyle holds a PhD. in medieval literature and has taught at the college level. James D. Macdonald was an officer in the Navy for a number of years, then a journalist, and is now a full-time writer.
They live in Colebrook, New Hampshire, with their four children, three cats, and a number of computers.
(Harcourt Brace, Magic Carpet Books, Spring 1997) ISBN 0-15-201520-5 $6.00 paperback.
You can read the first chapter (about 16K), see a note about the land of Anglia where Knight's Wyrd is set, or go to Doyle & Macdonald's Home Page.