Gypsy Knights

Gypsy Knights

by Two Brothers Metz

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Fourteen-year-old Durriken Brishen has lost his parents, his grandfather, and though he doesn't know it, his Gypsy culture's dangerous gift.

Taken in and raised on the rails by the first woman to pilot a freight train, Durriken has one remaining connection to his Romani roots: a small wooden box that hangs from the hammer loop of his overalls.

The last gift he received from his grandfather, the box contains the world's first chess set. But a piece is missing: the Red Queen. According to Durriken’s family lore, the complete set awakens the power of Tárie, a mercurial gift that confers unique abilities on each new Master.

When a suspicious fire erupts in the Chicago rail yard, Durriken's escape produces an uneasy alliance, though not without its silver lining. Dilia is few inches taller, several degrees cleverer, and oh yes – very pretty. While Durriken is uneasy allying with a girl whose parents were convicted of sedition, there's no doubt she is a powerful partner. And while it's not immediately clear to either, her own Guatemalan culture and family history are deeply entwined with the ancient Romani mystery.

Jumping box cars, escaping riverboats, deciphering clues, crossing swords with the brilliant madman Radu Pinch – with great American cities as its backdrop – Gypsy Knights is the page-turning saga of Durriken Brishen and his quest to rediscover his past.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012599803
Publisher: LoudCloud Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2011
Series: The Gypsy Knights Saga , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 672 KB

About the Author

The Two Brothers Metz are happily settled in the rolling valleys of Western Pennsylvania - where they are hard at work on the second installment of The Gypsy Knights Saga.

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Gypsy Knights 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Coreena More than 1 year ago
Gypsy Knights is different from other books I have read lately, and it was fun to read. I loved the sense of adventure, the mystery and intrigue, the Gypsy culture and the chess. When I first picked up this book, however, I was confused by it. The first 50 pages or so, while action packed, were tough to pin down. The book jumped around from past to present and to different characters and I had a tough time following, even though the authors kindly put dates at the top of each chapter. I also had trouble getting a sense of the book during this time and figuring out whether it was middle grade, young adult or adult audience. After the initial 50 pages, though, the book does settle down and I raced right through the rest. I loved the resourcefulness of the main characters, Durriken and Dilia, and the adventure of jumping on trains to travel the country. Most of the action took place in the 1960's and this came across really well. The characters at all of the train stations were great and really added to the whole train culture of the book. I liked Durriken, or Duri, and really felt for him. He is independent and quick thinking. Losing his family was really dealt with well, and though he had moved on, I could still feel his loss all these years later. His relationship with Casey, his foster mother, was also touching and unwavering. Casey is great, a very protective mother and train engineer who could strike fear and respect into the hearts of her male counterparts. Dilia has quite a different background from Duri, but also finds herself separated from her parents and on her own. She is sweet and smart, quick thinking and passionate, but there is also something a little reserved about her whole character and this is embodied in how she doesn't share her knowledge of the red queen with Duri. The bit of romance between Durriken and Dilia was sweet and provided some great light hearted relief in the tension of the story. Then there is the paranormal aspect to the book with the Tarie and the mysterious chess pieces. I love this paranormal edge and how it combined with the intricate chess moves to tie the book together and create something interesting on its own. I think those looking for a different young adult book, yet one filled with mystery, suspense and action will enjoy this book.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
This book was truly an enjoyable read with such an original storyline. Once you start reading, it's one of those books that's hard to put down. The loss of his family has been something that Durriken Brishen has tried to come to terms with as the years have passed. The ancient chess set, one that he's carried from an early age, is his only link to his heritage, and the memories of his parents, that he has left. Gifted to him by his grandfather, he's always wondered as to why the Red Queen has always been missing from the set. Yet this fact has never deterred him from mastering the game of chess. One that he's been playing ever since he could walk and of which he has a natural skill. A game that speaks to him within every fiber of his being. The Tarie has been speaking to him, luring him to places that he's never been. He comes across a beautiful girl, Dilia - one who quite possibly holds the key to the mysteries he holds inside. After a series of unfortunate events brings them together, the duo realizes that there's more at stake than they'd ever thought to be. An unimaginable journey ensues - one that takes them all over U.S. in hopes of understanding something of which they barely have no knowledge of. Their only goal is discover the meaning behind a request that Duri's mother has left behind so long ago. Their discoveries bring them one step closer to understanding his roots and the meaning behind the Red Queen. All the while, they must thwart the plans of Radu Pinch, the one man intent on making sure that they never achieve what they set out to do.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
The Metz brothers have created a wonderful novel entailing family hardships, mystery, suspense, friendship and, of course, chess. It is extremely well written and held me captivate from the very first page. I especially enjoyed the way in which the chapters are set up. Each chapter title tells the place and time and, as there are multiple stories taking place at once, all leading up to the same event, the narrative jumps back and forth between the early 1960s and 1965. This tactic keeps the reader on his/her toes and is written in such a way as to promote suspense, especially as not all events are explained between past and present until exactly the right time. The characters within the story, especially Durriken, are extremely real and well written. I enjoyed them all, especially Durriken and Dilia, as they embarked on their adventures and grew throughout the story. This novel is action packed and will captivate those of all ages, especially lovers of chess-though those not familiar with the game will also find it extremely interesting. Four stars.
Alison23 More than 1 year ago
I must be one of the first to purchase Gypsy Knights. I love reading new writers, and they came recommended by a friend who knows the authors and had read the galley. I took the chance wanting to support my fellow Pittsburghers and wasn't disappointed! Gypsy Knights is best suited to a 10-14 year old audience. It does an excellent job of informing on some of the cultural insensitivities faced by Romanis, and captures the reader's attention quickly. It took me about three chapters to get into a groove - but then I couldn't put it down. The plot is smart and action packed, with themes of chess, travel, family, learning and adventure. I have some friends with children of an appropriate age and will definitely recommend Gypsy Knights. Hope this review helps you to decide whether this book is right for you. All the best, Alison
Anonymous More than 1 year ago