Author Emily Klein sent Samantha The Reader a free copy of her newest novel A Good Knight’s Kiss for an honest review. Klein is an author I have read before through her novel The Draughtman’s Daughter. The author is clever, insightful,, and talented in weaving romantic tales of love, hardship, and triumph the characters go through.
The book started right in the middle of a very traumatic process of a women giving birth to her son; however, she is unwed and scared that the father won’t marry her. The main character turns out to be the child she is giving birth too. This wasn’t confusing though because of how it was done. Readers get to see multiple characters and how their stories are interconnected. I went back and forth from hating one character. The main character’s step-mother is actually one of the more dynamic and complicated characters in the novel. When I first saw her there was instant dislike because the character was rather bratty and nasty; however, I started to have sympathy for her and began to like the character but that doesn’t last through some hateful actions the dislike comes back.
I found the main character John’s father to be weak and a big disappointment. I really as a reader wanted to like him especially at the start because there was some qualities he had and I am sucker for any man who loves a woman as deeply as he did John’s mother. I believe this is why I found Emily Klein to be such a good writer. The characters she writes all are very complicated with vast layers. This makes them feel real and as a reader you begin feeling their pain, sorrow, happiness, and daily emotions.
The main character John is everything and more. He has too many tragedies in the beginning of his short life. A difficult childhood doesn’t stain his amazingly kind and caring heart. This was a treat to see throughout the novel as he grows up!
A Good Knight’s Kiss is a romantic coming-of-age story.
John’s uncanny cleverness and insight, and his red hair, cause his stepmother to fear him, thinking him a devilish daemon. He sets off, much to his chagrin, to start his new life as page, squire, and then knight to his uncle-by-marriage. As often happens, he falls in love. But it is with his lord’s daughter, no less.
John is sensitive, astute and fiery, and his conflicting loyalties and wants drive him onwards.
When he’s faced with a choice between heeding his father’s decree for a simple life, and his oath to his brother on one hand, and the love of his life on the other, how will he choose? Simplicity or love, honour or happiness?
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