Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram

An Arthurian Quiz to Win a Print Copy of The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

When I began writing Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, I confess I had a very hazy idea of King Arthur, most of it gleaned from fiction books and movies. Imagine my surprise when some concerted digging revealed a treasure trove of possible facts (based on ancient documents and British war poetry of the Dark Ages), and some very mythologised ideas of who Arthur was based on twelfth century romanticised versions of legends that had somehow got caught up in the chivalric figure that is Arthur. It was quite a work load, wading through numerous ideas and theories put forward by many learned experts in the field of Arthurian history, and finally emerging with what I felt were the best facts to include about Arthur and his origins. However, the later medieval legends about Arthur which include elements not actually historically correct, such as the Round Table, Guinevere, the various knights, and the quest for the Holy Grail are lots of fun to read. With the help of two fellow Middle Grade authors (Cheryl Carpinello and Wendy Leighton-Porter who have joined forces with me in an adventure site called The Quest Books), I have devised a great Arthurian quiz. It compasses both facts and (semi) fiction. So, how much do you know about King Arthur?

1. What was the name of King Arthur’s wicked half-sister?

2. Who was King Arthur’s wife?

3. Name King Arthur’s magical sword.

4. What was the name of King Arthur’s legendary castle where he held his court?

5. Can you name three of the Knights of the Round Table?

6. What relation to Arthur was Uther Pendragon?

7. Sir Gawain had a very scary encounter with a strangely-coloured knight. Was this knight:

a) Yellow
b) Purple
c) Green

8. On which date in the year this encounter take place?

9. Before King Arthur died, he surrendered his famous sword to a mysterious woman. Was she:

a) The Lady of the Sea
b) The Lady of the Lake
c) The Lady of the River

10. Some legends say that King Arthur was born in Tintagel. In which English county is Tintagel?

a) Cornwall
b) Devon
c) Somerset

You can put your answers in the comments box, and the first correct winner will receive a print copy of The Search for the Stone of Excalibur!

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searchPublisher: Biblio Publishing (October 1, 2014)
Series: The Chronicles Of The Stone, Book 2
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-10: 1622492188
ISBN-13: 978-1622492183
ASIN: B00O97QG94
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, The Book Depository

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Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped. Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur’s time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life and times of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists.

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fionaFiona Ingram was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel has resulted in the multi award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone. Fiona has just published the second book entitled The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, a treat for young King Arthur fans. She is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

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Excerpt ~

Adam shivered in the chilly air. It was hard to tell if it was early morning or late evening because the moon was still visible, a pale disc hanging in a dark gray sky. Ragged shreds of clouds scudded across the moon’s face, casting strange shadows on the ground in front of him. Mist floated around his ankles and swirled in soft eddies when he moved his feet. In front of him lay an open field, grayish green in the dim light. Farther away, he saw the mound of a huge hill. Adam got the feeling he had fallen through a hole in time—back to the Dark Ages, back to Arthur’s era.

He heard a faint howling noise in the distance. Wolves? Adam froze with fear. He desperately tried to remember whether there had still been wolves in England during the Dark Ages. There must have been because there was no other sound quite like the howl of a wolf. The hairs on his arms rose as he heard the howl again. Although he pinched himself to wake up, it was no good; he remained in the dream. At the sound of distant hoof beats, he shrank back against a large tree trunk. There was no time to run away because suddenly the drumming hooves were all around him. Then came the faint melancholy wail of a battle horn and the tinny sound of chinking metal. He could hear the crisp snap-snap of fluttering pennants and when he turned, he glimpsed banners waving among the trees. The surge of spectral riders halted and one man, seated on a white horse, appeared at the head of the cavalcade.

The eerie figure came closer, the horse lifting its feet carefully, clip-clopping right up to the trembling boy. The horse was huge, its trappings gleaming with pinpoints of metal rosettes, its long tail and mane hanging like ghostly cobwebs in the pale moonlight. The beast snorted and stamped restlessly. Adam saw the burnished glint of a helmet with a dragon-shaped crest topped by a red plume. Although the cheek pieces of the helmet obscured the man’s features, the shadowy figure was looking right at him. A red cloak swirled around the warrior’s body and, as the fabric swung aside, Adam saw the gleam of chain mail and the dark shape of a breastplate on the man’s chest. The warrior’s armor seemed more Roman than he expected. A banner flapped from the spear of a man behind the warrior: a red dragon on a white background. The warrior raised one arm, and a roar erupted as the sounds of cheering burst from what seemed to be thousands of throats. Although Adam heard strange words in another language, somehow he understood what the voices said.

“Hail the Pendragon!”

Adam was so close that he could have reached out and touched the rider. The spectral figure drew his sword from its scabbard and held it aloft. It seemed to Adam that he saw every detail with strangely magnified clarity. It was the same sword from the museum, but it looked so different now. The metal gleamed with a peculiar bluish sheen. Curious characters embossed the length of the blade. At the top, just under the crossguard, was a small circle with a seven-pointed star inside it. Sparkling gems decorated the hilt and pommel, with two dragons’ heads facing inward on the crossguard. The stone between the dragons’ open mouths glowed brilliant red. Suddenly, a fiery, almost blinding light shot from the stone, dazzling him. The white horse reared on its hindquarters. The radiant beam lit up the forest as the warrior whirled the blade around his head several times. Adam fell to his knees, shaking with a mixture of terror and excitement as he realized the second Stone of Power was embedded in the sword of Arthur. But the stone in the museum sword was nothing like this one.

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Interview at C.A. Milson’s Blog

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