Saturday, February 11, 2017

Review: The Gift-Knight's Quest

Title: The Gift-Knight's Quest
Author: Dylan Madeley
Blurb: Welcome to Kensrik, a world vividly imagined by Dylan Madeley, in which his debut fantasy novel The Gift-Knight’s
Quest is set. His book follows the youngest descendants of two families that have traditionally been enemies: the Kenderleys, who now rule the world’s largest empire, and the Wancyeks, who have been reduced to common status. Chandra never asked to rule Kensrik, but fate took a strange course. Known as a usurper and sorceress by most and traumatised by all that has transpired, she is forced to make use of the few loyal allies she has in order to hold together her restless empire. In an attempt to identify and defeat the conspirators who inadvertently landed her in power, Chandra risks putting the lives of many in mortal danger, as well as her own. Derek is an aimless wanderer – the youngest in a lineage that has long fallen from nobility. He finds himself summoned by tradition to serve a family historically considered his bitter enemy. As he journeys down the same path a fateful ancestor once travelled, he struggles with personal demons and begins to reconsider his loyalty to the mission. Duke Lenn found one true cause in love and it cost him everything. His legacy shaped the present in which Chandra and Derek find themselves. Now their choice will shape the future of Kensrik... 

 This new addition to the fantasy world is well written with a good and thick plot. The level of political intrigue was high, full of twists, knots and secrets. I loved it!

The writing style was good, well detailed and flowed very well, helped by the overall good pace of the novel. 

The characters were all done and developed, not flat as it happens in some novels. I loved Chandra, I really think she was a fantastic least to my eyes. Derek came a close second on my favorites top three. 

Another thing I greatly appreciated was how the romance was not rushed at know I prefer no romance at all to the usual love triangle or rushed romance of some young adults *sighs*.

My only complain is: sometimes the swapping between present time and past was really confusing. But apart from that...I don't have major qualms against the book which was overall nice and a very enjoyable reading.


 3 blossoms

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