Wednesday 8 May 2013

The Knightmare by Deborah Valentine - Book Review

Title: The Knightmare
Author: Deborah Valentine
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 335
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Author

France, 1209: A Knight Templar riding through an eerie forest is suddenly attacked by an assassin as a man and woman watch from a distant hillside. When his death seems certain, the woman takes up a sword...

Present, Formula 1 race, Magny Cours: Observed by the very same couple, Conor Westfield, a career-obsessed Scottish driver, is in a horrible racing accident. Miraculously, he survives what seemed to be certain death.

As he is recovering from his injuries Conor’s childhood nightmare recurs, a strange jumble of terrifying images that feel more like memories than dreams. Can it be mere coincidence that the very next morning he is informed a mysterious woman with whom he had very brief affair has died and left him as her heir? But this was no ordinary woman and no ordinary affair. Dogged by a niggling feeling of déjà vu, Conor travels to Amsterdam to identify the body. At her home he finds an illuminated book that transports him back in time, to a woman he left behind and a life lived in the shadow of a tragedy that cries out across 800 years for resolution.

Weaving history with the present, fact with fantasy,
The Knightmare is an unforgettable story of angels and alchemy, betrayal and sacrifice, and a truly extraordinary love. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This is a book that I wished I could have liked more than I did. Certain chapters held my interest, but then other sections of the book I didn't care for so much. The premise was a good idea, but it didn't quite come together for me. Both narrative lines worked fine on their own, but they never truly blended into one story in my mind.

There was definite promise here, but the author didn't quite pull it into a cohesive whole this time. I'm still giving it three stars, though, as it did have some good moments and some interesting ideas.

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