Kid Beowulf: The Rise of El Cid

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This book is about a guy named Rodrigo, who became known as El Cid. He is real. This takes place about a thousand years ago in Spain. His girlfriend’s dad was Count Gormaz, the King’s champion. Rodrigo goes to war in Pamplona to get the approval of Gormaz for marriage. They win the battle. Gormaz wants to kill the unconscious enemies, but Rodrigo doesn’t think it is honorable. They fight, and Rodrigo accidentally kills him. He is put on trial and exiled. His girlfriend gets a group together to kill Rodrigo. Rodrigo fights more battles. He becomes a legend. Meanwhile Kid Beowulf and Grendel are in some of the same places, but they probably weren’t there in real life.

The prologue is a poem about Rodrigo’s life. The “More to Explore” was helpful and informative. It has a map, information, character name pronunciation, Spanish fencing, origins of the poem, and more.

This is the third book in the series. It’s a graphic novel. It would make sense for someone who hasn’t read the other two books. There is less Kid Beowulf in this one. I don’t think that changes it much. This book was a little confusing. I learned a lot. Hama is always my favorite character. People who want to learn more about ancient Spanish history may like this book. I’m definitely going to read the next one.

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Author Alexis E. Fajardo
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date 2018-Aug-07
ISBN 9781449493844
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Issue March 2019
Category Young Adult


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