Children of the Knight by Michael J.Bowler
Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
My Favourite Chapter: Chapter 10- Is that what we’ve become?
Would I recommend? ★★★☆☆
“Arthur weaved and zigzagged through the heavy late-afternoon rush-hour traffic, grateful for the sheer number of cars to help block their pursuers.”
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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.
This is a story that is full of passion, dreams and hope for a better future; all with the assistance of the well known King Arthur. You can’t help but find yourself captured by the stories of the children in this, you need to find out what happens and you find yourself rooting for them every step of the way. This is the aspect of the entire story that held my interest and made a few points that I found off-putting more than forgivable.
Personally, I found the character of King Arthur more than a little annoying, and whilst I can see why the use of old english language was prominent, I found it distracted from the dialogue itself and it’s something I struggled to get my head around. As this language leaked into the speech of the children, it became easier to follow it, but this leads to my next qualm.
There are many things that I’m willing to believe in a story, a horse being ridden by an old King through the streets of L.A is something I’m willing to accept, but I found myself a little annoyed by how easily these children were ‘collected’ and how only one turned back to old habits. With children who have experienced such damaging pasts, it’s hard to get your head around how one man could become greater than their struggles. I just can’t imagine it being that easy to ‘rescue’ people from their lives and pasts, at least not in the time span that was portrayed. Then perhaps, that’s simply me looking into this far too much.
That aside, you have to admire the sincerity behind every word. At times I found there was too much happening, too much to follow without needing a regular break to align the story in your own head, but this was all made bearable by the heart in this story. You’re rooting for the characters every step of the way, you’re hoping that one day an uprising like this is possible, you’re hoping that battles like these really are ones that can be fought and won.
Although I found myself with mixed feelings about this book, I really would recommend that you give it a try for yourself. It has all the ingredients for a great story; the mixture of reality and myth, a meeting of hearts all centered around the dark sides of society that, for some, is all that is known. This really is a captivating story.
* Book was sent for free in exchange for an honest review.