**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!
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).
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.
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.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle – if you liked the Arthurian Legend element of this book, check out the Kingdom Cold series by Brittni Chenelle.
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – if you liked the magic of books represented in this book, definitely check out Sorcery of Thorns (the whole book centers around magical libraries).
- The Shattered Moon by Alexander J. Wilkinson – if you enjoyed the idea of a slightly younger main character (than what is traditionally seen in YA books), check out The Shattered Moon.