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My readers are amazing! I feel honored and grateful every day. 🙂
“The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins is a welcome answer to the gap left after the final book in the Harry Potter series.” -Dr. Jane Nixon White
“The ocean scene in particular I think should be mandatory reading for all teens due to the craft as much as the message.”-Author J.D. Estrada
4 / 5 Stars “It was so refreshing to see a main character who doesn’t have a lot of skills and is scared of things, yet tries to put on a brave face to do what she has to. The ending of this book left me wanting to know what happens next and I can’t wait to read the next one.” –Reading with Wrin
“Even though The Lost Knight Series is meant for the youngest side of YA, Atkins writes with a maturity and an expectation of the reader that’s unparalleled in this genre, while keeping it fun, well-paced and easy to read. The Lost Knight series is a future classic. And I can’t wait to see what happens in The Lost World.” -Amazon Reviewer, The Lost Girl
5/5 Stars “I know everyone has been saying this, but I’ll add my voice to the chorus: There is no romance. None at all. The main character is 13 and has no love interest. None of the side characters have any romantic subplot. It was very refreshing.”-The Vintage Bookworm
Amazing reviews are pouring in for my Lost Knight series, and I can’t stop smiling. A huge thank-you to my readers for the love!
THE LOST KNIGHT (Book One):
“Reading this book made me feel like a teenager once again; it made me feel so young and alive… Looking for a book which brings a new outlook to the fantasy genre; perfect for reading at any age… Stop right here!!!”
“You can walk on the ocean, interact with Pegasus, Unicorns, Faeries, and Elves, or have Disney like adventures. Candy Atkins provides everything in this book except thankfully another yet overused romance plot. It’s about time a YA author managed to write a beautifully enchanting adventure without requiring her female character to meet, fall in love and need a man.”
“The world building is expertly done… Even though this book was the set up for the series it’s well paced with tension in ever chapter. I had trouble putting it down. I’m glad I already have Book 2, The Lost Girl because I had to know what happens next.”
“Characters that are vivid and fully dimensional but imperfect so you can believe in their actions and motivations… Atkins proves she has a great sense of humor which shines through her characters and the story making it a fun, leisurely-paced and easy to read book. Even though it’s part of the YA genre there’s a maturity to how she writes that makes it quite effortless for adults to still to enjoy this series. She just makes reading pleasurable again!”
“I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I am not entirely sure how I am going to wait for the next book! I loved revisiting this world and all the characters that came with it and I feel like I have an extra special bond with our MC after everything she went through in this book! I cannot wait to see what happens next… especially after that ending!!!!!!!”
“I really enjoyed myself reading this book and I am not entirely sure how I am going to wait for the next book! I loved revisiting this world and all that characters that came with it and I feel like I have an extra special bond with our MC after everything she went through in this book! I cannot wait to see what happens next… especially after that ending!!!!!!! I gave this book 5/5 stars!”
THE LOST KNIGHT – REVIEW // A FANTASY THAT DESERVES MORE LOVE
The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins Book 1 in The Lost Knight series Genre: YA fantasy Pages: 266 Format: paperback Source: author Goodreads | Amazon
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I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I went into The Lost Knight expecting a fun but mostly average fantasy. I got a lot more, and ended up surprised by just how much I enjoyed it.😀
There’s an alternate Earth called Ashra, where all the monsters – called curra – live. In old times, there were portals that allowed humans to visit Ashra and curra to visit Earth, but now the portals have closed and humans have spun the legacies of their former friends into the tales we know today. The antagonist wants to find the key that will reopen the portals so he can dominate both worlds, but the key can only be found via the Orb, and only the MC Agatha can do so. It’s even cooler than it sounds. I applaud Candy for taking a common idea and spinning it into something fantastic.😀
Agatha is a 13-year-old girl in foster care, a wannabe rebel but overall good girl, and has a rough home life. She’s the last of the Knights, the warriors of Ashra that previously guarded the portals, and the one that must read the Orb and track down and destroy the key. My favorite thing about her is how realistic she acts. She’s not one of those heroines that is thrown into a new world, starts off unsteadily, and then suddenly becomes what she needs to be. She started off unsteadily and remained that way. She has a lot of self-doubt, fear, and is generally unsure of whether she’s truly right for the role she’s supposed to play. She also is very inquisitive and wants to know everything about Ashra, the curra, and the job she’s training for. She’s one of my new favorite female leads.❤
Her two companions are Jonah and Dathid. Jonah is described as looking like the Grim Reaper and has abilities similar to what one might have, but is actually a Knight Crawler – a guardian of Knights. Dathid is a faerie prince. I thought they were both kind, loyal, and amusing guys once you got past their grim, standoffish exterior.
I loved Ashra. It was intricate and well-developed, with similarities to our modern world but still a lot of differences. It was described vividly, and I imagined it to be a very fun, colorful place, home to more beings and creatures than I could possibly imagine. I would love to live there and walk across the ocean, and through the cave that brings your thoughts to life. I would totally adopt a unicorn, or two or thirty-six, in every color available.😀 (If you’re wondering, yes, all of that happens.)
My other favorite thing about this book was that there was no romance, or even the hint of one. Don’t get me wrong, I love romance in stories, but finding a book without any is uncommon and refreshing. Much of the middle chunk of the book is Agatha journeying to the elfin village to be trained, along with her two companions Jonah and Dathid. Instead of any romantic feelings or rivalries, the only relationship between the three is a strong, encouraging friendship. I loved it.😀
If I had to criticize one thing, it would be that there were no big, mind-blowing twists. There were some intense moments, but nothing that blew my mind. Regardless, the story was gripping in a way that made me overlook this until just now, as I write. This is excellent proof of the fact that twists, as epic and emotional as they may be, aren’t the only way to keep readers entertained.😉 (At least, in my case anyway.)
The Lost Knight was a subtly gripping but boldly entertaining fantasy story, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series (five books!!) will bring. I would definitely recommend you pick this up, because it deserves much more love.😀
MY RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know!