Review – The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney


**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Title The Book Knights

Author J.G. McKenney

Description from Amazon

Knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future!

When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay’s possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?

Initial Thoughts

Full disclosure, I applied for this book without knowing much about it.  I was sort of on an applying frenzy on NetGalley and came across this title.  It sounded interesting enough, but it wasn’t one of the books I was super eager to get my hands on (partly because it’s already published and if I was rejected, I could always go and get a copy).

Favorite Character

Gal — I loved that she was super mysterious.  And, she never let her lack of mention in Arti’s destiny keep her from trying to help her friend.

Somethings I Liked

  • I love that this is a retelling of the Legend of King Arthur.  I loved all of the nods to the original as well as the changes made for this story.
  • The power of written word — I thought the magic and world building in this book were fascinating.  I loved the dictatorship that Morgan Fay ran and how she monopolized reading and all books.

Some Things I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • The ending — it felt rushed.  I didn’t feel like there was enough time to tie everything up nicely and yet somehow it all did.
  • The geography and the languages — while I applaud the use of real sounding languages and names for places, I found myself quite confused at parts because of the naming conventions.  A little more background/explanation would have been nice.

Final Thoughts

I liked this book.  I didn’t love it.  I thought it was a unique concept and I really liked the idea of the magic and power of books.  I am glad I read it, but, it’s not my favorite.


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