Tymmon was thrown out of his kingdom, and has to make his way in the world, but unexpected help from a singing gargoyle will certainly make that easier
In one night, Tymmon’s life is turned upside down. His father, the beloved court jester of Austernerve, is kidnapped in a night raid. Tymmon escapes his father’s fate but must find shelter in the dark, deep, and dangerous Sombrous Forest. There, he meets another kind of outcast: Troff, a fearsome-looking dog-like gargoyle with an unexpectedly gorgeous singing voice. Together, the two form a great duo: Tymmon plays the flute while Troff sings. They take their act around the kingdom, until a chance encounter with a mysterious old man gives the two an opportunity to save Tymmon’s father, and change Tymmon’s life forever. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Tymmon is left to fend for himself when his father, an influential court jester, is kidnapped in a night raid. Fearing for his father's safety as well as for his own life, Tymmon escapes from Austerneve Castle and hides in the forest depths. There he meets Troff--a ``gargoyle,'' a huge, dog-like beast. Together Tymmon and Troff wander the land, supporting themselves by the jongleur's arts. In a somewhat contrived conclusion, Tymmon and Troff return to Austerneve in a blaze of glory, having rescued both Tymmon's father and the castle's long lost prince from a villain's dungeon. This fuzzy, somewhat meandering medieval adventure lacks the uniquely authentic protagonists and the crisp, clear writing characteristic of Snyder's earlier work ( The Egypt Game ; The Headless Cupid ; The Changeling ). Nevertheless, there is much to enjoy in this adventure of a boy and his gargoyle. Reminiscent of Adam of the Road , the tale should please animal lovers and fans of the picaresque . Ages 12-up.