|Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (September 20, 2013)
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King Arthur – The British Monarch resurrected in the 21st Century.
Lance – A young homeless boy chosen as First Knight.
King Arthur is reawakened in modern Los Angeles with one goal in mind, recreate the Round Table. But this time, he’s going to do things differently.
This was an amazing book, and a series that I will definitely follow. It deals with a lot of social issues, and while telling a fictional story, tackles real world problems. We as a society abandon our children, we leave them to their own devices. As a result, they get involved in drugs, prostitution, gangs and other problems. We then want them punished as adults. We expect adult actions and responsibility, but deny them adult rights and priviledges. It’s areas such as this where this book really shines in delivering it’s message, and the message leaves an impact.
The characters are realistically drawn, and I found myself caring about them. The characters are pulled from all walks of life, and the theme is it’s what is inside that matters. I felt as if I was really reading about broken children. And even despite their rejection, these children rise above it and become a positive force. I just can’t find all the words to explain how much I loved the idea behind this book, and it was obvious that it came from the author’s heart.
I’d recommend it for older teens and adults since it does deal with adult issues such as drugs, teen sexuality, gangs, and abuse. It’s not stories for everyone. Some may find themselves bothered by the content and be unable to read this book, but for others I think they’d find something to love about this book. I recommend it, and if you grab it and read it I’d like to know your thoughts.
About the Author
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels – A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight – who grew up in San Rafael, California.
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.
He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.
He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.
He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy – Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead. Both will likely be released in 2014.
Web Site: michaeljbowler.com.
*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Nicole at Tribute Book Tours for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.