Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.
In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. 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.
Realm of Knights
by Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication date: September 10th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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I knew I was going to like this book, but I was wrong. I ended up loving this book, I underestimated how much I would enjoy this and that makes me so happy.
Davis is plot and character driven, her world building is easily worked in but not the focus, and it works well, she’s slowly peeling back the layers of her world as you experience them through Reid’s discoveries of the land.
I am a sucker for girls dressing up as boys trope and this delivered in spades, not to mention it had a unique twist to it. Reid isn’t doing it to defy her father, she’s doing it at his request.
Of course even the most carefully laid plans can backfire and once someone has discovered the secret, that The Duke’s heir, Reid, isn’t a he but a she, well it seems that the act is up.
But, what is the price of the secret?
This is where it gets amazingly interesting and I don’t want to give anything away but expect some really cool things to happen.
There’s political intrigue, a hint of romance, a mysterious other county, and the ever present thought; ‘who is telling the the truth and who is lying?’
Reid has to keep her guard up as she wonders this question the deeper she gets thrown into the political side of things and at the end of the book, she’s left with quite the unexpected path for her.
Seriously, I thought maybe that ending could happen but doubted it and then I was lulled into a false sense of security and then boom. And now I’m left with questions that have to wait until December to be answered.
It’s a great start to a new YA series, it has all the elements I enjoyed and I thought Reid was a fun protagonist. She seemed to have some seriously logical thoughts which cracked me up, such as ‘why did I decide to swim naked?’
Do you like YA Fantasy? Do you like royal politics and girls disguising as men? What about swoon worthy princes and princesses? If you do, you will probably like this book.
The pacing is great, the characters are fun, and I loved the trope(s) that were used, so it was just a win for me all across the board.
I CANNOT wait to read book 2.
This was five cups of coffee for me, I just enjoyed it so much.
About the Author
Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer.
Cage of Deceit: Winner 2018 Kindle Book Awards
The Key: Finalist 2014 USA Book Awards
The Voice: Finalist 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Voice: Winner 2013 San Diego Book Awards
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