Author: Anne Barwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/28/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
“The last of your line will be in the embrace of a dragon.”
Aric, Crown Prince of Astria, has been brought up to believe that all dragons are evil. But when he speaks with one, he finds himself questioning those beliefs. The dragon tells him to find a sword in Sherwin Forest to save not only his kingdom but also his sister, Georgia, who must otherwise wed the prince of a neighboring kingdom.
At the start of his quest, Aric dons a disguise and meets Denys, an archer and herbalist who lives alone at the edge of the forest. Denys agrees to guide Aric into the forest, but then Georgia appears, revealing Aric’s true identity.
As a reviewer, my job is to tell you if I think a book is worthy of your hard earned money. A Knight to Remember is a good story with not so great execution. It’s an age old tale of uniting enemies with love, a Romeo and Juliet with dragons. However, if I had to hear one more time about how Aric and his father didn’t see eye to eye on things, I might have squeezed the dragon to shoot fire at the young prince. The author spent a lot of time in the book overexplaining. I’m a relatively intelligent reader, and I didn’t need to be spoon-fed. Also, the book was frontloaded with exposition and backstory. It might have started better in the aunt’s cottage, rather than just remembering their conversations. Also, they didn’t actually start their quest until about halfway through—I know because I kept watch on the percent indicator wondering when they were going to get moving.
I liked Denys as a character and found myself caring about him when he figured out who he was. The royal twins, however, I wasn’t all that enamored with. Aric seemed rather hapless while Georgia came off as aloof. It was almost like a college road trip for them rather than a quest to save their kingdom from the overhead conversation of invaders. They set off after a sword they don’t know how to use and hope an idea just comes to them later.
SPOILER ALERT: The sword falls into their lap, almost literally. For such a bold and daring quest, it took pretty much nothing to find the object of it.
A romance novel is supposed to have an emotionally fulfilled ending. They fell in love, yes. They committed to each other, yes. They’re going to live happily ever after, yes. But – the actual conflict in the book was never resolved. What happened with the throne? What happened with the king? Aric speculated, he threw out a half-formed plan, but you have no idea how the actual story ended.
If you’re a big believer and lover of fairy tales, yes—I’d probably recommend this book for the entertainment value. If you’re not a big fantasy fan, this book may not be for you.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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