Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John

The Forest of Adventures (Knight Trilogy, #1)

Book 1 of the The Knight Trilogy
Katie M. John
Little Bird Publishing House
October 26, 2010
Kindle E-book edition

For seventeen year old Mina Singer, falling in love with an Arthurian Knight on a white horse was never part of the plan - especially being that she's an ordinary college girl living in the twenty first century.

As Mina finds herself catapulted into a land she believed only existed in the bedtime stories of her childhood, she soon discovers that Fairyland is not quite as innocent as she imagined.

The question is...who will come out alive? Haunting, beautiful and sexy, The Forest of Adventures, is a dark romantic quest into the land of true and forbidden love.

When we meet Mina she seems like a typical British, college-aged girl.  She attends college, hangs out with her friends, and lives at home with her mother.  Mina's future is already mapped out; she'll finish school and marry her loving and sweet boyfriend.  However, nothing ever goes as planned and destiny awaits her.

How many times have you thought that you had everything planned out, a set order of how your life will proceed and then in the flash of an instant, everything gets turned upside down?  This is exactly what happens to Mina.

Many stories begin with ordinary people that are unremarkable and seem very normal as they go about their everyday lives.  However, as the best fairy tales and stories progress we discover the ordinary protagonist is indeed destined for extraordinary adventures.  This is exactly what you will find when you read The Forest of Adventures.

You will also find a love triangle, of course, which will make your heart ache.  There are delicious knights in armor bound by chivalry, honor, and fighting the battle of good versus evil.  Romance, humor, honor, prophecies, magic, the impossible made possible, good vs. evil, knights on white horses, epic battles, castle towers...this story has it all!  What little girl doesn't dream of her prince charming coming along and sweeping her off her feet?!

This story will charge into your heart and leave you breathless and waiting for the next book in the series.  As with all Arthurian Legends have ever done, this one made my heart bleed and ache!  I cheered the heroes, laughed, boo'd the villains, and also wanted to comfort and console the characters when they needed it.

Katie painted a vivid picture of Arthurian knights and ladies with a new contemporary setting.  I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in book two.

The story itself uses some British terminology but it didn't throw me for a big loop.  There were some grammatical things that made me shake my head but I'm not sure if it was editing errors or just a British vs. American grammar difference.  But don't let these things stop you from picking up this book.

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