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Review + Giveaway: Knightfall by Robert Jackson-Lawrence

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"A flash of light caught his attention and he was instantly drawn towards it, watching as it grew, reaching out to him.   This light was like the first, true light, only blue, and it did not pass him by as easily as the first.   As the light reached him, he was pulled into it, wrenched from his peaceful place within the infinite and thrown into the chaos beyond."



Synopsis:

Lord of the Rings for the Call of Duty generation.

When his world changing experiment is sabotaged, fifteen year old genius Benjamin Knight is cast into another world where an uneasy peace hangs in the balance. Saved from near death by a band of traders, he joins the Road Trains on their journey north as he struggles to understand what's happened to him.

However, Ben soon realises that everyone has their secrets and that no one is safe, especially when one man has the power to realise his ambitions.

Friends are lost, plots revealed and battles fought as the unlikely companions seek to prevent war.

Will appeal to fans of Anthony Horowitz, Suzanne Collins, Michael Grant, Garth Nix etc
Where to buy:  Knightfall by Robert Jackson-Lawrence

My Review:

          I just finished Knightfall and I just loved it. You can’t just place it under a certain genre from the very beginning and I guess in the end it still remains the reader’s choice if they read a fantasy, SF or dystopian novel.

          Ben is a very smart boy that is why he is hired by Excelsior at a very young age. He ends up working in a laboratory along with grown up scientists and after a major experiment he was working at gets sabotaged he finds himself thrown in a world he doesn’t understand. I enjoyed every description of the new world, how every detail felt so vivid and how everything Ben felt sucked you in the story. 

          The new world into which Benjamin wakes it’s a mystery for him and for us as well. No matter what theories the character or us have you will most certainly find out that you might be wrong. 

Here is what I thought:
          *SPOILERS?* I initially thought that he was thrown into the future after a major destructive event like and atomic bomb took place, but after some I thought about some things I decided to go with an alternative dimension, which might be closer…*END OF SPOILER?*

          I found it fascinating how the present world, the one in which we depend on electricity and technology was viewed as a legend, a story for kids among the Island City habitants, but even so, the broken technology “relics” were valuable for most of them.

The Characters

          I rarely get attached to main characters, because for some reason the other characters are better constructed, but the thing is that I liked Ben quite a lot. He was real, he reacted just like someone his age would and in the real world he acted just like a genius of his age would. Once he found himself in the Wastelands he did whatever he could to survive which was what anyone would do. 
“You know,” Matthew whispered, “there used to be a time when you could be executed for something like that.”   
“What?” Ben replied   
“Mentally undressing royalty as they pass you by,” Matthew said with a grin.

           Another thing that I enjoyed was the fact that the story was not settled around Benjamin, but we got to see other characters’ mind and actions, which was a great way in which we got to explore the history of Island City and the surroundings. We got multiple points of view, and we got to see the action through almost every character’s eyes, even though the villain’s.

The Book
          Knightfall is that kind of book full of action and lets you just a couple of seconds to breathe and starts again with the action. It has a lot of mystery, smart characters and some of the nasty villains, with brains and a purpose.  

Giveaway

         If you want to win a paperback copy of Knightfall by Robert Jackson-Lawrence, just enter the rafflecopter below. 
         The Giveaway is international and you have time until August 29.
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3 comments:

Miss. Lucinda Fountain said...

Thank you for such an amazing giveaway! Knightfall sounds like a fantastic read.

Robert Lawrence said...

Thanks for the awesome review!

You are close with your assumption of where Ben is, if you want to know all the details visit www.jackson-lawrence.com and click on 'Ben's World'.

Beware though, SPOILERS AHEAD!

Michikit said...

@Miss. Lucinda Fountain, you are most welcome. I assure you that the book is indeed fantastic.

@Robert, I was way too curious and I searched a little. I am glad that you like the review.

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