Sir Christopher of Calidore enjoys helping others. This is fortunate, as he has been cursed and forced to travel about doing good deeds with the help of a sorceress named Aurora. Until they discover how to lift the curse, they are bound to each other, following the magic that determines their route and searching for people in need of assistance. After rescuing a head-strong princess, Gwenyth, from Sir Christopher’s nemesis, the threesome travel towards young lady’s kingdom. Along the way, they save a family from fire and a village from an ogre.
This story, despite its unexpected conclusion, is quite simple, as are its characters. Aurora is a feisty female side-kick who defies her mentor and struggles to control her emotions. Sir Christopher cheerfully accepts his fate without ever seeming pressed to escape it. One trait differentiates him from typical knights of fairy tales: he believes in God and prays, a surprising habit for someone who keeps company with a benevolent witch. Unlike allegories, such as the Narnia series, this combination of spirituality and fantasy seems incongruent, albeit innocent. The author’s writing style is not challenging, so the target audience may find this to be a quick summer read.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.