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I've attached part of a query letter for a novel, and I'll exchange critiques with anyone who is currently working on one on the forum. Thanks in advance!
Left by his mother at Amesbury Convent in the care of the Abbess, young Galahad loses the only parent he has ever known. More than anything else, Galahad longs to meet his father, Bedivere, the famous soldier of King Artorius. But the Abbess has other plans. Because of Galahad’s lineage as the son of Bedivere, she orders him to remain at the convent, preparing his mind and heart to seek the Holy Grail.
Despite the Abbess’ assurance of his sainthood, Galahad believes he is unnatural, less than human, and unfit to search for the Grail. He rebels against the Abbess’ efforts to force him to learn Latin and attend prayers and runs off into the woods hunting deer with his high-spirited friend Aeric.
An unexpected tragedy deprives Galahad of Aeric’s companionship and forces him to surrender to his calling, but Galahad’s prayers for a vision of the Grail go unanswered. Instead he receives a visitation from the mysterious, otherworldly Brisen who hints that Galahad’s father is not Bedivere, but Gwyn ap Nudd, one of the Lordly Ones who lived in the province before the Britons and, in the Grail’s absence, demand human sacrifices. Brisen’s claims cause Galahad to question the Abbess’ often-rehearsed stories, impelling him to embark on a quest, not in search of the Grail, but to discover the identity of his father and understand the truth about his own nature and destiny.
My 79,000 word YA novel, Streams in the Wasteland, tells the story of Galahad, one of the most misunderstood heroes of the Arthurian canon, in his own words. Fans of Elizabeth Wein’s The Winter Prince and Nancy Springer’s I am Mordred should enjoy the book.