The Knight's Secret - Jeffrey Bardwell

The Knight's Secret

By Jeffrey Bardwell

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 141 Ratings

Description

A terrible secret. A vengeful empress. An unstable empire.

Sir Corbin, retired Hero of Jerkum Pass, dies on the eve of an urgent mission. His granddaughter Kelsa dons the old man's armor and his wrinkles and sets out to complete his last quest. She ventures to the capital of the Iron Empire. The city is in an uproar. The emperor has been slain by rogue mages. The new empress is livid. Now, every mage is suspect, including Kelsa's mother.

Hidden behind a magic ring, Kelsa infiltrates her grandfather's regiment. The bonds between retired army mages and cavalry have begun to crack. Only Sir Corbin can mend the breach. Caught between the dark suspicions of an old friend in the cavalry and the lustful advances of a mage ex-lover, the disguised hero struggles to live up to her grandfather's shining legacy. Yet the longer she tiptoes in his shadow, the more tarnish she uncovers. Can Kelsa complete her quest before the descending wrath of the empress and Corbin's sordid past expose her?

Unravel The Knight's Secret, the first fantasy romance adventure of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of lurid entanglements and political intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.

Reviews

  • Needs an Editor

    3
    By Slhughson
    A magical twist on an old trope drew me in, but the sheer number of misused words and misspellings kept kicking me out. It wasn’t a horrible story but felt like a set-up for the “real” adventure. It was free but didn’t convince me to pay $5 to find out what happens next.
  • Good book

    4
    By cleocutie
    Very interested story with a complex, multilayered storyline that has you guessing about what small interaction might turn out to be very important to the story later on all the way through the book. The characters are complex and often have multiple motives for their actions and the world they live in is an interesting blend of magic and technology.
  • Totalitarian rulers and intolerance of a specific group = DISASTER

    5
    By IndianaHappyTraveler
    In the guise of an epic fantasy, with unique magical twists, Mr. Bardwell has examined a problem that has plagued humans throughout recorded history: intolerance. The way it is represented is that an army that fought and died together, are in later years pulled apart by the soldiers fearing, distrusting and finally murdering the mages (warriors who used magic). It started with a small problem, and grew rapidly based on rumors and misinterpretations of events. Whether it is religious, ethnic, racial, socio-economic, this same pattern has repeated itself as endlessly in societies all over the earth, even today. “Sir Corbin”, the Hero of this army and of our story, tries to remind the factions of how successfully they had worked together in the past, which did have a good effect initially. But the mending quickly unraveled when a surprising attack on the group occurred under the direction of the cold, biased Empress. She exhibited traits of totalitarian/fascist rulers that have initiated great wars throughout history. In this book, the underdog group, the mages, are nearly exterminated from the army. The plan is to extend this pogrom-like activity to the general population. This book ends at a natural break in the story: “Sir Corbin” escapes the torture chamber and returns to the cell containing the lone surviving mage. We are led to anticipate that they will escape. As this is an epic, readers will anticipate that the next book will continue the journey of “Sir Corbin”. I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.