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Surprisingly, this is not the first rodent-based retelling of the whole Excalibur thing that I have read. A few years ago I read, the first book in the Mice of the Round Table series by Julie Leung, which stuck more closely to the original legends. However, I enjoyed this one more.
It is a fast-paced adventure story that is exciting and humorous. While Mice of the Round Table had kind of a dull, drawn-out beginning, this one jumps into things pretty quickly. This story doesn't really follow the myths and legends very much outside of the basic idea of Excalibur and some of the characters. But it is still a very fun read.
I love all the puns. I legit laughed about Ratscalibur, the Spork in the Scone. Hilarious. And Squirlin who does Squagic is just amazing (not entirely sure about the spelling of either of those since I read the audiobook). Very creative.
This is a unique story that seems to draw on a lot of other great material such as Lord of the Rings, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and of course the premise of Excalibur.
I highly recommend the audiobook version. It's read by the author, Josh Lieb, who does an amazing job of making the already exciting text even more exciting.
A fun story that sets up well for a sequel. I really enjoyed this book.