A Knight to Remember
Title : A Knight to Remember
Author : Anne Barwell
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY IT HERE)
Genre : M/M, Fantasy
Length : 204 pages (e-book)
Published : June 28, 2013
“The last of your line will be in the embrace of a dragon.”
Aric, Crown Prince of Astria, has been brought up to believe that all dragons are evil. But when he speaks with one, he finds himself questioning those beliefs. The dragon tells him to find a sword in Sherwin Forest to save not only his kingdom but also his sister, Georgia, who must otherwise wed the prince of a neighboring kingdom.
At the start of his quest, Aric dons a disguise and meets Denys, an archer and herbalist who lives alone at the edge of the forest. Denys agrees to guide Aric into the forest, but then Georgia appears, revealing Aric’s true identity.
However, Aric learns he is not the only one keeping secrets. Denys has a few of his own that could change both of their lives forever.
A Knight to Remember by Anne Barwell is a fantasy adventure, with knights, dragons, magic , warring kingdoms and subterfuge. The story begins with Prince Aric making his way back to the castle from visiting his Aunt Hannah. His aunt had been banished from the castle after her sister, the queen, dies. Aric and his twin sister Georgia are forbidden to speak to her, which it appears they both disregard. We soon learn that not all Aric has been taught to believe is the truth when he meets a dragon on his way back to the castle. The dragon is nothing like he has been led to believe, it is intelligent and appears to know Aric’s aunt and mother. The dragon tells Aric there is a way to save his kingdom and his sister from an arranged marriage if he retrieves the sword of Sherwin, from Sherwin’s forest.
So begins the adventure. Aric is travelling in disguise as a knight’s apprentice. No one has seen the royal family in years so Aric is able to move about unrecognized. As Aric travels to find the sword, he happens upon Denys. Denys lives alone in the forest outside of the village of Woodleigh. He is shunned by most of the villagers as he is thought to practice magic which is banned in Astria. Denys is a knowledgeable herbalist and archer. There are things about him that would lead the people to view him as a mage but he does not believe it himself.
Denys agrees after a time to guide Aric through Sherwin forest. Denys is one of the only to have survived a trip into and out of the forest. There is an immediate attraction between Denys and Aric although they do not completely trust each other. As they get to know one another Aric wants to be honest with Denys about who he is but is waiting for the right time. He wants Denys to like him for himself, not because he is the prince. This does not go as planned. Georgia shows up unexpectedly and reveals Arics identity to Denys.
The story centers on a prophecy stating that the “The last of your line will be in the embrace of a dragon.” It is stated that once the rulers of Astria and the Dragons were in alliance. When a misunderstanding occurs, this prophecy is revealed and the interpretation leads to Astria viewing the dragons as their enemy and hunting them to almost extinction.
The dragon lore was interesting and something I would enjoy reading more about. The romance between Denys and Aric felt a bit sudden but it was explained as the story developed. The political turmoil is not resolved and the story lends itself to a sequel but I would not consider it a cliffhanger. Overall I found the book enjoyable and the romance sweet.
Rated 3.5 stars by Deb