The Forever Knight by John Marco
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?
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.