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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 05/2016
  • B01FR93FR8
  • 243 pages
  • $6.40
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2016
  • 9780988901223 0988901226
  • 302 pages
  • $9.40
The Lost Knight (The Lost Knight Series) (Volume 1)
Candy Atkins, author
How am I supposed to save the world when I'm not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I'm on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I'm no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that's supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I'm not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.
Reviews
Heir of Glitter

I went into The Lost Knight expecting a fun but mostly average fantasy. I got a lot more, and ended up surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.

The Plot

There’s an alternate Earth called Ashra, where all the monsters – called curra – live. In old times, there were portals that allowed humans to visit Ashra and curra to visit Earth, but now the portals have closed and humans have spun the legacies of their former friends into the tales we know today. The antagonist wants to find the key that will reopen the portals so he can dominate both worlds, but the key can only be found via the Orb, and only the MC Agatha can do so. It’s even cooler than it sounds. I applaud Candy for taking a common idea and spinning it into something fantastic.

The Characters

Agatha is a 13-year-old girl in foster care, a wannabe rebel but overall good girl, and has a rough home life. She’s the last of the Knights, the warriors of Ashra that previously guarded the portals, and the one that must read the Orb and track down and destroy the key. My favorite thing about her is how realistic she acts. She’s not one of those heroines that is thrown into a new world, starts off unsteadily, and then suddenly becomes what she needs to be. She started off unsteadily and remained that way. She has a lot of self-doubt, fear, and is generally unsure of whether she’s truly right for the role she’s supposed to play. She also is very inquisitive and wants to know everything about Ashra, the curra, and the job she’s training for. She’s one of my new favorite female leads.

Her two companions are Jonah and Dathid. Jonah is described as looking like the Grim Reaper and has abilities similar to what one might have, but is actually a Knight Crawler – a guardian of Knights. Dathid is a faerie prince. I thought they were both kind, loyal, and amusing guys once you got past their grim, standoffish exterior.

The Setting

I loved Ashra. It was intricate and well-developed, with similarities to our modern world but still a lot of differences. It was described vividly, and I imagined it to be a very fun, colorful place, home to more beings and creatures than I could possibly imagine. I would love to live there and walk across the ocean, and through the cave that brings your thoughts to life. I would totally adopt a unicorn, or two or thirty-six, in every color available. (If you’re wondering, yes, all of that happens.)

The Relationships

My other favorite thing about this book was that there was no romance, or even the hint of one. Don’t get me wrong, I love romance in stories, but finding a book without any is uncommon and refreshing. Much of the middle chunk of the book is Agatha journeying to the elfin village to be trained, along with her two companions Jonah and Dathid. Instead of any romantic feelings or rivalries, the only relationship between the three is a strong, encouraging friendship. I loved it.

The Twists

If I had to criticize one thing, it would be that there were no big, mind-blowing twists. There were some intense moments, but nothing that blew my mind. Regardless, the story was gripping in a way that made me overlook this until just now, as I write. This is excellent proof of the fact that twists, as epic and emotional as they may be, aren’t the only way to keep readers entertained. (At least, in my case anyway.)

Overall

The Lost Knight was a subtly gripping but boldly entertaining fantasy story, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series (five books!!) will bring. I would definitely recommend you pick this up, because it deserves much more love.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 05/2016
  • B01FR93FR8
  • 243 pages
  • $6.40
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2016
  • 9780988901223 0988901226
  • 302 pages
  • $9.40

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