Title: The Lost Knight (Volume 1)
Author: Candy Atkins
Series: The Lost Knight Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.
MY TAKE ON T L K:
My hands were hovering for past twenty minutes, over the keyboard… Why? As I wasn’t able to formulate my thoughts into words. After reading the book, there are so many thoughts whirling in my brain, simultaneously, that it is becoming difficult to hold onto one. But as I write, the clarity seeps in. One thought surpasses every other thought-
Reading this book made me feel like a teenager once again; it made me feel so young and alive.
A coming of age story with astounding world building. A story which is simple yet reflects the essence of being a human. A story which takes you to a world of incredible fantasy, filling your mind with awe. With a set of strong and unique characters, this story provides a perspective of striving at those times in life when one feels completely desolated.
I was once told by a dear friend, that for her ‘Courage did not mean the absence of fear but overcoming it’. I couldn’t agree with her more especially after reading this book.
A straightforward plot of an orphan girl who is brought to an unknown land to fulfill a responsibility which can save the two worlds. On her thirteenth birthday, Agatha Stone is attacked by creatures whom she believed to be only in myth. She is saved by another mythical creature who brings her to a wondrous land of Ashra. From here onwards, she commences a journey which was left incomplete by her parents.
Agatha Stone was a nice creation. A thirteen-year-old girl; an orphan; an average student; a meek girl, without friends, who is mocked by her classmates. Her life is more of an existence than living except only when she is painting. Her traits were clearly defined befitting a teenager. Her confusion of emotions and clashes in her thought processes is so real. The author has done an immaculate work in providing those tiny details of how a mind of a teenager works.
Jonah and Dathid were exactly as the protectors should be – reliable, encouraging and trustworthy. The best part was they allowed Agatha to take the decisions or choosing the options. The way these small things helped Agatha to be worthy of the task bestowed upon her, can be seen clearly with the advancement in the story.
Loved the book cover 🙂
I was very much impressed with the author’s skill of portraying the mindset of a teenager with such clarity. The usual signs of varied emotions shown by teens are so well put. Agatha can be seen showing traces of rebellion, anger, curiosity, confusion. Sometimes she understands things being explained to her and at times she totally zones out of the discussion. She gets ready to face the difficulties and then clings to others for support. This phase of being neither an adult nor a child – just a teenager, is so marvelously put by the author.
The particular part of ‘finding your own self’ was the highlight of this book. It was so simple yet so fascinating. The way each facet of human personality was personified and dealt with, left me speechless.
The world building was unique. The fine details of the beings and the surroundings which the protagonist was dealing with, were exclusive. I absolutely loved the concept of a bouncy ocean. The concept of day and night as well as the color of the sky; palace made of trees; the transformation of bushes into comfy beds- brought a freshness to the whole world-building.
Though the mythical beings had names well known in other fantasy stories, but still they were distinct on their own. Whether it was the Knight-Crawler or the Pegasus; the Fairies or the Elves- all were carved out differently.
A very abrupt ending… I was totally shocked when I found that I had reached the last page. The shock maybe because I was so engrossed in the story.
The starting phase gave an inkling of similarity with another famous fantasy book – with an orphan child living with his Uncle and Aunt who hate the child and mistreat him. He is visited by a giant on his birthday as well. His parents died when he was a mere child. Well known in the other world. Agatha also had such circumstances.
Looking for a book which brings a new outlook to the fantasy genre; perfect for reading at any age… Stop right here!!!
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