The Monster Specialist

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The Monster Specialist

by Edward S. Louis

Sir Severus le Brewse, among the least known of King Arthur's Round Table knights, is preferred by nature, disposition, and training to fight against monsters rather than other knights. After youthful adventures of errantry with dragons, trolls, vampires, and assorted beasts, Severus joins the brilliant sorceress Lilava to face the Chimaera in The Greatest Monster Battle of All Time to free her folk from an age-old curse. But their adventures don't end there; together they meet elves and magicians, friends and foes; they join in the fight to save Camelot and even walk the Grey Paths of the Dead. With a mix of Malory, a touch of Tolkien, and a hint of humor, The Monster Specialist chronicles a tale of courage, tenacity, honor, and love.

"... for the Freynshe book sayth that Sir Severause had never corayge nor grete luste to do batayle ayenste no man but if hit were ayenste gyautis and ayenste dragons and wylde bestis... ."

Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur

Severus buys his horse Courage The Monster Specialist has received acclaim from leading names in the world of Tolkien Studies. Some of their comments can be read below.

"A witty and charming alternative to the story of the Round Table.

Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle-Earth, J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, and Roots and Branches: Selected Papers on Tolkien.

"A lighter-than-air mix of Arthurian motifs and folktale elements . . . that finds fun in the genre without ever making fun of it. The prose is graceful, the humor playful, and the irony of the gentlest kind."

Verlyn Flieger, author of Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World and Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on J. R. R. Tolkien.

"The Monster Specialist is a feast for those who enjoy a finely crafted tale about all-too-medieval knights and ladies, told by a delightfully opinionated modern narrator. Mark Twain, Thomas Malory, H.J.C. von Grimmelshausen, and Miguel de Cervantes would all love to read this story of a knight errant who has a real knack for dealing with monsters and beasts."

Richard Utz, Professor and Chair of the School of Literature, Media, and Communications, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Editor of Medievally Speaking.

Severus and the Chimaera "A rollicking tale well-told and built on deep knowledge of the Middle Ages. Medievalism at its finest!"

Karl Fugelso, Professor of Art History, Towson University, and editor of Studies in Medievalism.

The cover picture and the 10 black and white illustrations are by Anke Eißmann.

Part I of this book was previously published under the title Sir Severus le Brewse by Silver Lake Publishing, 2005.

The Monster Specialist by Edward S. Louis, Tales of Yore Series No. 3, 310 pages, Walking Tree Publishers, Zurich and Jena 2014, ISBN 978-3-905703-23-8.

Download and test-read the first two chapters here.

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