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The Whispering Knights 'I don't know that you have done anything wrong' Miss Hepplewhite said 'But it is possible that you have done something rather dangerous' William and Susie thought they were just playing a game when they cooked a witch's brew in the old barn and said a spell over it but Martha was not so sure And indeed the three friends soon learn that they have called up something dark and evil out of the distant past

10 thoughts on “The Whispering Knights

  1. Murray Ewing Murray Ewing says:

    In the Cotswolds village of Steeple Hampden Martha Susie and William bored in their school holidays decide to boil up the classic witch’s brew — ‘Eye of newt and toe of frog’ — in a barn supposedly once inhabited by an actual witch Doing their best with the ingredients they order a tin of frog’s legs from a London shop but have to make do with pictures for the difficult items they succeed in awakening a long dormant malevolence Morgan le Fay Little than a vaguely scary force at first Morgan eventually manifests herself fully and becomes the wife of a local factory owner whose sudden decision not to sell his factory to make way for a new motorway threatens Steeple Hampden which is the alternative route Meanwhile the children are threatened directly as Morgan lures dreamy Martha awayThe Whispering Knights starts out a little less serious and Famous Five in tone than Lively’s previous YA book Astercote The first half is episodic with Morgan’s scattered attempts on the three children lasting no than a chapter each and being easily dealt with It’s in the second half that things pick up with Martha’s kidnap and a chase across a stormy darkening landscape There’s a real feeling that genuinely threatening supernatural forces are on the loose with echoes of the long cross country chases that make up Alan Garner’s first two booksLike Astercote it’s about the anxiety of modern encroachments motorways factories on village life Morgan’s supernatural evil allies itself with the worst of these forces of modernity On the one hand it’s the children’s half belief in witches that reawakens Morgan — who ‘feeds on credulity’ and so gets her power from people believing in her — but then it’s this same belief that allows them to defeat her when rational adult minded methods a petition letters to the local paper fail Definitely gets better in the second half with the writing in chapter 9 the main chase seuence being particularly good both evocative of the English countryside and of a dark difficult isolated chase

  2. Austen to Zafón Austen to Zafón says:

    Pre read for my son Enjoyable ghost story for kids written by one of my favorite authors Penelope Lively Might be a bit too creepy for my son just now but I think soon he'll be ready for it Lively based the stones in the book on the Rollright stones some of which are called The Whispering Knights Yet another stop to add to my fantasy itinerary of a literary tour of Britain with my son

  3. Mathew Mathew says:

    Our story begins when three youths William Martha and Susie decide to conjure up what they believe to be a witches' brew in an disused barn What they lack in raw ingredients they make up for in ingenuity and a strong sense of belief that this will work Little do they realise that the latter in some old parts of England is all you need and unbeknownst to them the dormant and dangerous spirit of Morgan le Fay begins to rise and cause havoc upon the land Along with the guidance of the mysterious Miss Hepplewhite it is up to the children to send the spirit back from whence she came before they lose their village and history entirely I may have enjoyed The Wild Hunt Of Hagworthy perhaps for its prominent folkloric ties but this is a still a fine book to the canon of British fantasy I got the feeling when reading that Lively was still finding her feet with regards to resurrecting myth and landscape and time There is a sense that all the right ingredients are there but they don't uite gel as well as they do with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe but then that's one book that will rightly always been considered her finest work for children

  4. Luan On Luan On says:

    This had a strong premise three children unwittingly revive an ancient witch's spirit who then invades the children's lives via whatever means she can inhabiting human form invading TV sets sending out poison laced cakes The result is a cracking good read The children are easily identifiable sensitive Martha pragmatic Susie scornful William There is an enigmatic old lady Mrs Hepplewhite who speaks in riddles and acts as a sort of consultant against MorganaThe writing is often eerie and nightmarish particularly when describing Martha's dreams and a long relentless pursuit by Morgana in a church in a crowded village and out in the fields The ending is somewhat vague as the children huddle and shield their eyes you get fleeting glimpses of what's actually going on in the penultimate battle between the stones and Morgana

  5. Bryn (Plus Others) Bryn (Plus Others) says:

    Lively steps definitely into the realm of fantasy here with good success although I find it fascinating how much her modern incarnation of Morgan shares with villains of other contemporary British children's books clearly there was something going on in Britain at this time about the virtuous middle classes hard working not too much money shabby houses filled with solid old things and the evil newly wealthy with their cars and makeup and designer clothes

  6. Lisa Frieden Lisa Frieden says:

    We read this aloud to our 9 year old who enjoyed it a taste of British countryside and some English mythology thrown in With so much new juvenile fiction available these days the Whispering Knights moved kind of slowly for her She's definitely a kid of her time wanting everything fast fast FAST

  7. Hemavathy DM Suppiah-Devi Hemavathy DM Suppiah-Devi says:

    “Private triumph is often the most satisfactoryThe Whispering Knights has a rather old fashioned feel to it considering it was written in 1971 I know I know that’s only 48 years ago but the writing style is reminiscent of Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It Our hero and heroines William Susie Martha and Miss Hepplewhite are a deliciously eclectic bunch William Susie and Martha are the archetypal Nesbit influenced country children living in a village threatened by a pale sleek stylish and modern Morgana ale Fey whom they have accidentally brought to 1970s Britain It is a fight between good and evil between old and new between small town values and local village grocers count and tobacconists and country buses and old fashioned taffy and modern highways and tabloid newspapers and fur coats There is a battle of course and there is victory And the world is saved I wonder though who Mrs Winifred Williams of a Freeland Primary School was And why the book is dedicated to her Lively is a wonderful writer and this book is Very Satisfactory

  8. Skye Skye says:

    Belongs to the tradition of rural fantasy typified by Alan Garner and Susan Cooper The Whispering Kights is set in the Cotswolds in and around Long Compton and the Rollright stones these have been renamed but it's pretty obvious There is a touch of Arthuriana and old magic and wonderful characterisation of the three children especially Martha who is highly sensitive and imaginative Lively excels at concise and evocative descriptions of the natural world and weather without distracting from a thrilling story Definitely plan to re read this possibly during my next visit to Oxfordshire

  9. Neal Moortgat Neal Moortgat says:

    When on an early afternoon in the small village of steeple hampden 3 kids by the name of MarthaSusie and William decide to make an old witches brew;something goes terribly wrong and they accidentally summon morgan le faymorgan is a witch who hasn’t been seen for yearswhen the children see her for the first time they go to miss hepplewhite for some adviceand that’s where their battle agains’t morgan startsI won’t spoil the end for those who would like to read the bookI think it’s a really good bookit reads uiet fast and it only has 73 pages;so if you’re in a hurry or you don’t like to readthen it’s a great bookLike I myself don’t like to readat all and I had no problem reading it all in 1 goI have read a lot of books for school;but this is a book I actually enjoyed raeding other than that I really don’t have anything negative to say about the bookFor my conclusionI would definitely say it’s worth reading;I have nothing bad to say about this bookbutIf you have a little bit off time to spare I would definitely read it

  10. Iain Iain says:

    The Whispering Knights by Penelope Lively has the old premise of children's literature of wickedness Innocently brew some witches stew in a cauldron and inadvertently raise the spirit of a wicked witch evil in the form of Morgan from the dark past The three friends Martha Susie and William who just wanted a little excitement over the school holidays are now have to battle a witch Younger students seemed to enjoy it I not so much That said it does provide lots of contextual opportunities for lookig at folklore and mythology of the British countryside

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