Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fantasy #Review: THE FOREVER KNIGHT by John Marco

5 of 5 stars

I've been a fan of John Marco's writing since his Tyrants & Kings series. His previous sweeping epic fantasies have delighted fantasy fans with their complexity. In FOREVER KNIGHT, he has taken a step back and written Lukien's latest adventure in the first person point of view. This is a difficult task for a lot of authors being confined to only one character's POV, but from the opening pages, I loved this book. The author brings the main character closer to the reader. We hear Lukien's thoughts, share his anguish and it makes this story a compelling read.

Lukien is a complicated character who doesn't seem to be able to reconcile with his immortality and employs every conceivable method he can to try and die. He's restless and spends days in the desert hunting and fighting the dreaded rass snake. With his Sword of Angels that houses the Akari spirit Malator, Lukien is always healed of his injuries. The fact that Lukien has such a contentious relationship with Malator makes this book even more interesting. Our hero is neither all good nor all bad, but definitely adrift in the world. When he volunteers to help a 14-year old girl, Cricket, try to retrieve her lost memories, Lukien must travel to the Bitter Kingdoms, a place that holds nothing but horror for its inhabitants. What he discovers is even shocking to this battle-scarred knight and he sets out to right as many wrongs as he can, but he is only one man. Even being immortal sometimes may not be enough.

It took me awhile to get to this book in my TBR file, but I highly recommend it. Fans of epic fantasy should definitely add this story to their reading list.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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