- Book Title: Children of the Knight
- Book Series: Children of the Knight, book One
- Author: Michael P. Bowler
- Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; 1 edition (June 19, 2013)
- Book Length: 344 pages
- Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: September 14, 2015
Here is a hard truth: I knew I wouldn’t be a good mother. Not because I would have neglected my child, or abused it, but because I was still too much trying to find myself and my place in this world. I knew patience wasn’t my strong suit. I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford the fancy clothes, tuition fees, latest gadgets, parties, holidays and all the other associated costs. And, so, I did the clever thing: I didn’t have children.
When we found out I couldn’t have children, we immediately said: “So, we look into adoption or fostering, if we ever want to start a family.”
How often do I see a child or young person and think, I wish your parents had done the clever thing? Far too often. It has nothing to do with the child, and everything with the parents. In the end, the child never asked for this, any of this.
We, as society, have the obligation to look after our young ones. We have to help them become capable, self-respecting, honourable, upstanding citizens. We have to love them, like love is supposed to be, unconditionally. All too often we miss the mark dreadfully.
Michael Bowler has written an extraordinary story with Children of the Knight. By no means an easy read, but one that is beautifully written, well researched, with plenty of action, lots of moral (I know, it seems a near forgotten word, at times), interesting characters, conflict, love, heartache, and most importantly: hope.
Based on the Arthurian legend that King Arthur will return when Britain needs him most, Mr Bowler tells the story of a group of Los Angeles children and a man claiming to be none other than King Arthur himself. As different as these children are, they have one thing in common; their elders have failed them.
King Arthur has awoken in 21st century Los Angeles and is set on rebuilding the Round Table. Not by using grown men with swords or brute force, but by empowering the children society has neglected. (Sword fights are still a part of the story, though!) Regardless of their many differences, the children and young adults band together (and, no, that is not as easy as I just made that sound) and bring to light the many ways in which society and government have failed them.
Written for young adults, Mr Bowler tackles issues such as imprisoned children, a lacking educational system, poverty, homelessness, drug abuse, and prostitution. Now, before you begin, Children of the Knight deals with these issues, never going into too much detail but giving enough information to enhance the story. And that is something this book is full of; narrative to amplify the story, never distracting but always running along to help.
Editorially, this story is well polished although I can imagine that some (younger) readers might have difficulty with the Old English that is used by King Arthur. But, regardless of the struggles this might provide, it does strengthen the story.
Unfortunately, not all the characters you will no doubt fall in love with make it to the end. Those events are not the only ones to draw a tear, but, rest assured, there are also plenty of laughs to be had. And, if you ask me, even better: there is a sequel! To be exact, there are, currently, five books in The Knight Cycle series. I might just have to persuade a certain someone to let me review the other four stories!
All in all, Children of the Knight has everything I look for in a YA: strong storyline, believable characters, realistic setting, action, moral, laughs and tears, adventure, danger, salvation, and nothing to detract from the story. One of the easiest 5 out of 5 stars I have ever given to any story.
Winner of the 2013 Gold Medal from The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles?
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army–the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and the children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels–A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.
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