Fantasy Book Review: The Forever Knight

The Forever Knight by John Marco

Synopsis:
Lukien is the Bronze Knight, beloved by his kingdom and renowned in battle throughout his world. After betraying his king and losing his beloved, he wishes only for death, but rather than die, Lukien is given a chance for redemption: to be the protector of the Inhumans—those fragile mortals who live deep in the desert, far from the prying eyes of their world. These remarkable individuals have been granted magical powers in exchange for the hardships and handicaps life has handed them. And Lukien, now immortal himself, must be their champion. But how can one man, even an immortal warrior, protect hundreds from a world of potential enemies?

Review:
This is the first in a spin-off series following Lukien the Bronze Knight from the Eyes of God books. I haven’t read the previous books, but since there is plenty backstory, I was easily able to catch up to current events. And it can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone novel. The story is told in first person narrative from Lukien’s point of view. Lukien is warrior who has nothing left to fight in his own land. So he heads out for distant lands with the aid of his ghost-like Malator, the source of his power, and his new squire Cricket, who is searching for her lost memories from childhood.

This epic fantasy is captivating, with seemingly insurmountable odds. The characters are engaging and the story is dark and exciting. Well-paced and full of adventure, The Forever Knight is full of intense drama, mystery, and suspense. There are several surprises along the way as well as heartbreaking moments. Lukien is a fantastic character with plenty of promising adventures to come… especially since he can’t die.

Received in March

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in March for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Star Trek: Enterprise Season One Blu-ray
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray

DC / Vertigo Comics:
Time Warp #1 One-Shot

Ace:
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian by Jack Campbell
Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer
Of Shadow Born by Dianne Sylvan
A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough

Amazon / 47North:
The Garden of Stones by Mark Barnes

Bloomsbury / Walker:
Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Candlewick Press:
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Daw:
Elisha Barber by E.C. Ambrose

Harper Teen:
Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Parallel by Lauren Miller
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting
The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
Taken by Erin Bowman
Rise by Anna Carey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s:
Infatuate by Aimee Agresti
What We Become by Jesse Karp

KTeen:
Moonglow by Michael Griffo

Macmillan Audio:
Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

Marshall Cavendish:
Crystal Bones by C. Aubrey Hall

NAL (New American Library):
The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King’s Epic Fantasy by Bev Vincent

Open Road Media:
Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy by Andy Briggs
Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior by Andy Briggs

Orbit Books:
Rebellion by Ian Irvine

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

Pocket Books:
Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
Gears of War: The Slab by Karen Traviss

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 by Catherine Asaro
The Devil’s Looking Glass by Mark Chadbourn
In Thunder Forged by Ari Marmell

Roc:
Generation V by M.L. Brennan
The Havoc Machine by Steven Harper
Shadows of Falling Night by S. M. Stirling
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Storm Surge by Taylor Anderson
Casino Infernale by Simon R. Green
Appalachian Overthrow by E.E. Knight
The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex Hughes
Blood Trade by Faith Hunter
Iron Kin by M.J. Scott

Scholastic / Point:
Can You See What I See?: Out of This World by Walter Wick
The Last Academy by Anne Applegate
The Fire Ascending by Chris D’Lacey
Children of the Lamp #7: The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan by P.B. Kerr
Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Simon Teen / McElderry Books:
Ghoulish Song by William Alexander
The Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy by Brandon Mull

Smart Pop Books:
Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Tor:
Trinity Rising by Elspeth Cooper
The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card
The Shape Stealer by Lee Carroll
Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear
Pandemonium by Warren Fahy
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells by Ellen Datlow
Thieves’ Quarry by D. B. Jackson
Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn
Virus Thirteen by Joshua Alan Parry
Rebel Angels by Michele Lang

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