The Forever Knight: A Novel of the Bronze Knight

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Lukien is the Bronze Knight, beloved by his kingdom and renowned in battle throughout his world. After betraying his king and losing his beloved, he wishes only for death, but rather than die, Lukien is given a chance for redemption: to be the protector of the Inhumans—those fragile mortals who live deep in the desert, far from the prying eyes of their world. These remarkable individuals have been granted magical powers in exchange for the hardships and handicaps life has handed them. And Lukien, now immortal ...

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Overview

Lukien is the Bronze Knight, beloved by his kingdom and renowned in battle throughout his world. After betraying his king and losing his beloved, he wishes only for death, but rather than die, Lukien is given a chance for redemption: to be the protector of the Inhumans—those fragile mortals who live deep in the desert, far from the prying eyes of their world. These remarkable individuals have been granted magical powers in exchange for the hardships and handicaps life has handed them. And Lukien, now immortal himself, must be their champion. But how can one man, even an immortal warrior, protect hundreds from a world of potential enemies?

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Editorial Reviews

Monroe News-Star
"A classic tale of triumph and tragedy, well written with great depth of emotion...I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Marco, and this book, mentioned alongside the icons of the fantasy genre."
Monroe News-Star
"A classic tale of triumph and tragedy, well written with great depth of emotion...I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Marco, and this book, mentioned alongside the icons of the fantasy genre."
The Barnes & Noble Review

"No one can write epic fantasy as masterfully as John Marco—his constantly up-tempo narrative, brilliantly complex plotlines, multitudes of realistic, morally indistinct characters, and awe-inspiring settings are second to none. Genre fans will never look at epic fantasy the same way again... If this series is any indication, he will be remembered as one of the best fantasy authors of the era."
 
SFF World (for The Forever Knight)

"Revenge, redemption, and quest for purpose are all intertwined.... With each book I’ve read by John, I’ve discovered something new in his writing, a different shade of what his abilities as a storyteller are. In The Forever Knight, John’s written his shortest novel to date, but by no means does that indicate is any less powerful a novel."
Book Reporter (for The Forever Knight)

"Marco has a way of describing things in two sentences that take some writers two paragraphs, and he has lines that simply sing and find a way to connect with readers, sticking in their heads long after those pages are turned. It is good to welcome back Lukien once more."
RT Book Reviews
"Mr. Marco has delivered an epic fantasy with heart and pathos.  His characters are flawed and believable, wholly sympathetic to the reader.  He paints a landscape of palace grandeur and desert isolation where magic is a reality and winning a battle is not wining the war."
Booklist
"Marco offers a sprawling tale of military battles, personal and political intrigue, magic, and star-crossed love set against a richly detailed land of warring kingdoms and hidden magic."
sffworld.com
"A fine, entertaining reading experience.... John Marco has again illustrated why he is one of the preeminent novelists at the gates of fantasy literature."
Library Journal
Lukien, the Bronze Knight, has become the Shalafein, the protector of the land of Jador. With the land at peace, he has a new purpose: to help the orphan girl Cricket recover her memories and, through them, her identity. As the pair travel to the Bitter Kingdoms, Lukien loses almost everything and everyone he cares for. Only then does the spirit that inhabits his magical sword reveal his true destiny. This fourth entry in a series that tracks Lukien's journey as a knight (after The Sword of Angels) incorporates elements of Arthurian fantasy into a story of a man who must overcome his own feelings of unworthiness to achieve greatness. VERDICT Marco navigates epic fantasy with a sure hand and a keen eye for detail. Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" series, Lukien's latest adventure should appeal to most fans of epic and high fantasy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407513
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,128,882
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Marco's debut fantasy series, Tyrants and Kings, earned him a Barnes and Noble Readers Choice Award and has since been translated into numerous languages around the world. In addition to his work as a novelist, he is also a technical communicator, an enthusiast of military history, and a student of psychology. He often spends his free time biking through the parks of his native Long Island, where he lives with his wife Deborah and his son Jack.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

     can tell you I waited for a very long time for this to come out

     can tell you I waited for a very long time for this to come out, and I will say I wasn't disappointed in the results.

    John Marco has something that the other fantasy standards don't: A focus on the story itself. So often, in this genre, you get lost in the sweeping worlds and insignificant characters that only appear in a cameo that you wonder if authors forgot how to write stories.

    Look no further than here.

    Lukien is always a great character, though I think from this vantage (the fourth installment), it is hard to identify with him out of the gate if you haven't read the other three books. He comes off as arrogant and brash at times, too confident in his abilities and the magical abilities of his sword. This might turn off some new readers to the series if they start here, but it is a part of his personality.

    Malator is a newer character, and this book fleshes him out a little. The personality is there, sort of a yin to Lukien's yang. This book is meant to highlight the working relationship between these two, but I would have enjoyed more definition in his personality. Some interactions were a little odd, but that might be explained in the next installment.

    Cricket was great, though I can understand some people being turned off by her. My belief wasn't so much it was an innocent voice meant to coax out the humanity in Lukien, but a representation of Lukien's last bit of innocence. When you get to it, you might understand why I would say this. In the end, great little character with quirks of her own.

    My few gripes were just that, gripes. Nothing major unhinges the story. Minor quibbles for overusage of exclamation points, adverbs, some stretching of certain chapter and the like.

    The book is at a perfect size, and it surprised me when I first opened the box. The other three are beasts compared to this subtle tome, but that also might be the most unintended artistic expression of this book. The first three books needed to tame this wild beast known as Lukien, but it will always be the smaller actions that make the major changes.

    Get the book. You won't regret it. Heck, you don't really even NEED to read the previous three (though you should), just start digging in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

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    You may want to step over there while I gush about this book, bu

    You may want to step over there while I gush about this book, but don't run away. I know what you may be thinking - it's the fourth book in a series. I haven't read the others either, but the instances where that was a minute issue were very rare. The Forever Knight did fine being read alone because Lukien, the main character, is having a new adventure that has almost nothing to do with the previous books in the series. Also, who doesn't love a good epic quest?

    Let me tell you a little bit of something about Lukien. He is the classic hero that could be pulled out of any myth, story, or legend. He is practically immortal, damn near invincible, and up to his ears in good ol' hubris. Most of the time, I know these guys have it coming and just wait for it to happen. However, Lukien is something special. I have not become attached to such a hard character in fantasy since Roland Deschain. (Okay, he's not as hard as Roland.) What made him special is that he did not try to push everyone away. Even at the beginning of the novel, John Marco made it abundantly clear that Lukien was a man who was still very capable of love. I saw early on how much various other characters meant to him: Gilwyn, White Eye, and especially Cricket. His relationship with his Akari, Malator, was a little more complicated, but it usually showed Lukien in a positive light.

    This book crawled into my head and under my skin because of the fantastic quest that Lukien undertakes in order to help Cricket go to Akyre - one of the Bitter Kingdoms that is in the middle of war - to find her lost memories. Malator warns him against doing this, but Lukien wants to both help Cricket and get out of Jabor to fight some battles and do some good. While on this journey, they find themselves caught up in the middle of an insane king who wants to be emperor, his Legion of the Lost, a damned wealthy spice merchant, and a monster who may or may not be tied up in all of it. I could not put the book down until I was able to see how it all played out. It was a little sad at times, but as an experienced epic fantasy reader, it wasn't anything that I didn't see coming.

    The Forever Knight was a wonderful fantasy novel that I thoroughly enjoyed being sucked into. Lukien and his quest was a great adventure to read, and I will definitely be going back to read the first books in the series. I think anyone who enjoys fantasy, mythology, or just a good story will like The Forever Knight , too.

    - 4.5 Stars -

    *To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the book from the author via TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

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    A fast-moving, richly-detailed novel

    Although The Forever Knight is a direct follow-up to John Marco's original Bronze Knight trilogy, this novel is deliberately written to serve as a standalone entry. Although it's been called a reboot - I really hate that term - that is most definitely not the case. Marco doesn't negate or reinterpret events of the first series, and doesn't rewind the chronology to make a fresh start. It is, instead, something of a reset or a refresh, a chance to establish Lukien as a protagonist for new readers, and set him up for new adventures to come. In that sense, the story suffers a bit from the proverbial 'middle book' syndrome, in that it seems like more of a side-wise detour than the epic journey one might expect. It's an engaging enough detour, entertaining from start to finish, but all the talk of prophecy, destiny, and mysterious purposes makes you feel as if Marco is warming us up for something big . . . something that's only teased here. Lukien is an interesting hero, a flawed protagonist with some unusual issues and motivations. Immortal - for all intents and purposes - he's already faced his demons, won his battle, and come out the other side, not quite alive, but not unscathed either. He's a man without a purpose, a hero looking for a cause, with only a ghost and a child to keep him grounded. Lukien is an easy man to admire, although a difficult one to like. His anger often gets the best of him, and his mood swings can be just as rough as his scarred, one-eyed appearance might lead one to expect. If there's one aspect where the narrative suffered a bit for me, it's in the single point-of-view we share with Lukien. With his frantic sojourns to-and-fro, there's so much happening behind him that there could almost be another book lost in the details there. More than that, though, it leaves the climax of Cricket's story to happen off the page, denying us the drama, and redirected our sympathies from her to Lukien. That may very well be a deliberate move on the part of Marcos - Lukien is the protagonist, after all - but given that she represents the only real danger, vulnerability, and weakness in the tale, I felt cheated (in a fashion), of seeing her arc through to the end. That POV issue aside, this is a fast-moving, richly-detailed novel that goes to some very dark, very grim places. Mad would-be-emperors, armies of the dead, thieving merchant-kings, demon monstrosities, and more populate the landscape, providing Lukien with something to rail against. There are also elements of humour and moments of sympathy, balancing out the tale and providing a thematic counterpoint to the rejuvenation of the protagonist at the heart of it all. Marco does a superb job of recapping previous events in a natural manner, weaving memories and recollections into the story where it makes sense, rather than badgering the reader or hitting us over the head with backstory info-dumps. Not having read the Bronze Knight trilogy (yet), I can't say how compelling this volume will be for fans of that series, but I know it's made me want to continue reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    John Marco's books have always been the kind that I have troubl


    John Marco's books have always been the kind that I have troubles putting down, and 'The Forever Knight' was no exception.

    From the very beginning, the reader is pulled right back into Lukien's world, so much that I felt like I was a part of it. The 1st Person Narrative was an interesting change, and I think it worked extremely well with this book and with Lukien. The characters that John created are wonderful. For being a shorter book, it's easy to feel at least somewhat attached to the new guys.

    'The Forever Knight' is an amazing book! You'd be missing out if you skip this one.-Holli

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    I thought this book was absolutely tremendous.  I have read ever

    I thought this book was absolutely tremendous.  I have read every one of John Marco's books and I couldn't rate this book as anything less than a must-read.  Lukien is, in my humble opinion, one of the best heroes in fiction today.  He is incredibly flawed and at the same time awe-inspiring.  He makes mistakes -- and he owns up to them.  He is by no means a 'perfect' character or even a Superman. 

    The secondary characters are great as well, all offering different view points and counter-balances to Lukien's personality.  

    If you're a fan of fantasy-fiction at all, I would definitely recommend this title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

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    My SWORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is in the TOP!!!!! and i hate you all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    A great read! Great imagination. Read all of his books. Can't w


    A great read! Great imagination. Read all of his books. Can't wait for next book.once you start a book, you can't put it down. 

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