Men of Iron

by Howard Pyle

Captivating Plot, Vivid Descriptions, and Complex Characters

5.0 rating
May 26, 2020

After reading Otto of the Silver Hand, I couldn’t wait to read more of Howard Pyle’s writing, so I immediately dived into Men of Iron. The plot is intricate and captivating, the descriptions are vivid, and the characters are complex. For the most part, I was able to tell what unfamiliar words from the time period meant from their context, but the glossary was useful when I couldn’t or wanted to double check I understood correctly. I loved reading this book, and I think it’s great that it’s integrated with the High School 2 Language Arts course. I know my children will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Ann M.

Great for boys and girls who love the era of knighthood

5.0 rating
May 3, 2020

Men of Iron is a wonderful story of loyalty and integrity for boys and girls interested in the era of knighthood. Myles Farworth leaves his blind father to become a knight to restore his father’s honor. It is filled with fantastic literary devices that will capture the imagination of any who read it.

Linda L
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Level 11

From the remarkable author Howard Pyle, comes the one-hundred-year-old classic coming-of-ages story, Men of Iron. Set in the 13th-century era of knights and chivalry, this swashbuckling tale of adventure is filled with messages of honor, courage, and friendship.

Myles Falworth is only a boy when his family is forced into hiding in a small town, away from the castle-for his father, a blind nobleman, has powerful enemies. At sixteen, Myles is surprised with the news that he will suddenly re-enter the world of knights and castles when he is sent to the household of the Earl of Mackworth to serve as a squire. Cocky and stubborn at first, Myles learns some crucial lessons that lead him to value restraint and integrity, turning him into a pure-hearted, virtuous knight who seeks to restore his family’s honor.

198 pages

This book is integrated with the High School 2 Language Arts course.

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