Genres: High Fantasy
Published by Reign Publishing on September 10, 2019
Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.
In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
I received this book to review as part of a blog tour organized by Xpresso Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
To be honest, Realm of the Knights isn’t my usual cuppa. The last time I read anything close to a high or epic fantasy was during my Forgotten Realms phase, especially ones with courts or royal families.
But Realm of the Knights caught my eye — first (admittedly) by its bold, beautiful cover and second, the major Arthurian-Mulan vibes I was getting. This was all I needed to abandon my High-Fantasy famine and dive right in.
And I don’t regret it one bit.
In case you haven’t heard about this hidden gem, Realm of the Knights is the first book in a new series by Jennifer Anne Davis. Long story short: Since the day of her birth (and subsequent death of her mother) Reid Ellington has been forced to live as her father’s sole male heir. She’s had to walk like a boy, talk like a boy, and do all kinds of boyish things. It’s the only way she can inherit her father’s estate.
But when the beans are spilled — and by a prince with a taste for blackmail — she’s forced to accept his offer of silence in exchange for an act of treason. She’s sucked into a whole world of secrets, far more dangerous and deadly than the one she’s fighting to keep. And it may cost her more than she realizes.
Now, there have been a bazillion novels popping up into the world lately, all featuring girls pretending to be boys. But what I loved about Reid is that her femininity isn’t sacrificed for masculinity. She’s not just some sword wielding chick who dressed up and pretends to be a man; at some point, this “manliness” kind of became part of her. And I loved how she was a dynamic, well-fleshed out character. She had a mind of her own (a conscious and opinion); she’s strong-willed, intelligent, practical, and she doesn’t reject, deny, or define her femininity as a weakness. She owns it.
I won’t say more because I honestly don’t want to ruin it, but trust me, it was pretty much an Arthurian-Mulaneque Spy Fantasy with a splash of romance, a dash of political intrigue, and mysterious abound. I found myself turning each page, eager to uncover the truth and all the while, loving Reid to death. Seriously, she’s one of the best examples of the girls dressed as boys trope.
And now I’m dying for the sequel.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer.
Cage of Deceit: Winner 2018 Kindle Book Awards
The Key: Finalist 2014 USA Book Awards
The Voice: Finalist 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
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