When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
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I'm a really big fan of fantasy novels that have a historical feel to them, so I really liked the idea of a girl who has spent her life pretending to be a boy and becomes part of a secret society of knights. The cover and synopsis of Realm of Knights captured my interest and I'm so happy I was sent this book, because I ended up really enjoying it!
Not a Romance (And I’m OK With It!)
I really, really liked that this was a story about Reid and her missions instead of a story about Reid, her missions, and then all of that being pushed aside for a romance. Although there are definitely undercurrents of romance (of course), I appreciated that the true bulk of this story is about Reid trying to figure out how to maintain her freedom as a man while now dressing like a women. That said, there's definitely hints of a romance coming up in future novels, and I am looking forward to seeing how Reid juggles that aspect of her life.
Time to Move to Axian
Let’s be honest and admit that Axian already seems 1000% better than Marsden. Within one page of Reid being there, it’s clear Marsden has some intense catching up to do, otherwise I’m really hoping that Reid decides to just move to Axian. The people, the values, the choices that are offered to people of both genders are wonderful to see and I can only hope that if there is a war, Axian troops win. After reading about what Axian is like, I’m Team Prince Hendricks all the way! That is definitely a ruler who builds up his people instead of keeping down half his population.
Reid Needs More Development
A drawback in this novel was how underdeveloped Reid tended to be. There are moments where she will change her mind on something within half a page, and while that's completely fine, it also goes to her character not being fully developed yet. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Reid and hopefully a more developed version of her. She has a lot of potential and I hope we see her grow into it.
So Many Potential Futures
I’m really excited to find out where the next book takes us! I have no idea how long this series is going to be, but I really enjoyed that the story could really go anywhere at this point. It’s a nice change not to be able to completely predict how the next book (or more!) will move or who we’ll be introduced too. While I have some guesses, I’m already looking forward to Shadow Knights (which apparently comes out in December!).
Overall, I really enjoyed Realm of Knights and the world that Davis has begun building. I'm really excited to see where Reid's story moves from here and I appreciate that her future doesn't seem easy to predict. In my excitement, I've realized that the next book in the trilogy actually comes out in December (so soon!). I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy, liked Grace and Fury, or is looking for an interesting female protagonist. What did you think of Realm of Knights?
FINAL RATING: 4/5
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