Review: Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Realm of Knights
By Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication Date: September 10, 2019

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From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

NetGalley provided me with this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review and, well…it wasn’t for me. I haven’t had the greatest luck with my NetGalley ARCs that sounded so promising, honestly.

Realm of Knights was no different.

The concept was great! A teenage girl, burdened with her family’s livelihood by pretending to be a boy for her entire life? Sounds awesome!

But.

There’s a right way to do this (*cough* Alanna of Trebond *cough*) and a wrong way. And the wrong way is to spend every other sentence constantly reminding you that Reid is a girl pretending to be a boy. Seriously, it was ALL THE TIME. Pretty much with that exact same wording.

And the summary makes the Knights of the Realm sound way more prevalent than it actually was. I mean, yeah, technically Reid joins them, and some other stuff ensues. But, they sort of felt more like an afterthought, or convenient plot point, more than anything else.

And can we please discuss the fact that the romance in this was SO FORCED and unnecessary? I didn’t even know the romance was happening, and then all of a sudden, there it was. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE romance added into a plot. I love romance in pretty much anything. I’m a sucker for love.

This was not it.

Everything felt so incredibly rushed that I didn’t feel invested in literally ANYONE in the story, until maybe the last couple of chapters. Coincidentally, that is finally when something happened in the story. And then it ended pretty much on a cliffhanger.

That usually gets me to immediately go find the second book, but…to put it simply, I didn’t care enough to.

I truly LOVED the idea of the story, though, and the setting was cool, and even the world it took place in was interesting! But the writing style was not at all for me.

I give this book two drops, because the end got much more interesting than the rest of the story and the plot was a fun idea that reminded me of Mulan or The Song of the Lioness quartet.

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