It might be a little derivative to categorize the new Netflix series The Letter for the King as a teenage version of Game of Thrones, but there it is, I’ve gone ahead and done it. It involves prophecies, magic, heroes, a quest, knights, and kingdoms in peril. All the elements of a medieval tale. Plus it is also based on a book; this time by Indonesian author Tonke Dragt.
Wanting to earn the love and respect of his step father, teenage Tiuri (Amir Wilson – The Secret Garden, The Kid Who Would Be King) is in training to become a knight under Queen Alianor (Emilie Cocquerel – Lion). To say that things look bleak would be an understatement. Tiuri does not seem to possess what is required to become a knight much to the dismay of his step father, Sir Tiuri the Valliant (David Wenham – Van Helsing, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).
He only makes it because his father pays off another hopeful to ensure that Tiuri becomes a knight. All the others, Arman (Islam Bouakkaz), Foldo (Jack Barton), Jussipo (Jonah Lees – from television’s Sun Records), and Iona (Thaddea Graham – from television’s Curfew), know how he made it and all, especially Arman, make him pay for it.
Soon Tiuri has something bigger to worry about. He answers a call for help from a dying man to deliver a letter to King Favian (Yorick van Wageningen – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Papillon – 2017). The quest will be a tough one as many do not want that letter to reach the King. Tiuri, the new knights and a teenage girl named Lavinia (Ruby Ashbourne Serkis – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) all join forces to get the letter into the right hands knowing if they do not that the kingdom will be in peril.
With the end of Game of Thrones there is a void in the fantasy series slot. Here comes a Netflix series attempting to fill it. While Game of Thrones was most certainly an adult series this one is good for the entire family. There are no beheadings, precious little blood, no sex, and plenty of fun magic.
Not reinventing the fantasy wheel, it is filled with an unlikely seemingly predestined hero, dangerous quests and dastardly villains. Though it elevates itself in that it does not rely just on what has been done before. Very early on in the six episode it begins to inject unexpected moments. Keeps the viewer on their toes.
Set in times of yore there is still a rather modern feel to it. For instance, there are plenty of different ethnicities and women are key characters who own and use their power. Due to that preteen and teen watchers will not be bored and feel the characters are relatable.
Due to the likable characters, engaging story, a desire to see how things end up, and the high production values, I am sure there is second season coming for this series.
The series is available on Netflix.