Knight Blindness

Knight Blindness

by Chris Karlsen


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Given a choice between the pleasant life you knew centuries ago or the possibility of all you want in an uncertain new world, which would you choose?

Two men torn through time find themselves in the modern but alien world.
Old enemies, one hunting the other,one discovering love, both fighting private battles to survive.

Book 3 of The Knights in Time Series

Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy's cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013.
Grievously wounded, he's taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he's from another time, only to find they think him mad.

Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. She too is enchanted by him. Tempted to deepen the relationship, she hesitates thinking him adorable, but mad.

He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn't come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013.

French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn't question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman's helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time.

Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491019122
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Knight Blindness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit, the premise of Knight Blindness is intriguing. Following Karlsen's other Knights in Time time travel books, two medieval knights are transported forward in time from the 14th century Battle at Portiers to present day. The kicker, though, is that one of them has been blinded by the other's hand. How much suckage would that be to not only find yourself in the modern world but to be grievously injured and blind, as well? I found both knights' adjustment to their circumstances fascinating and wondered how I would handle it as I read. Knight Blindness is a great continuation of Karlsen's time-travel series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.  Knight Blindness is the third book in a series.  It can be read as a stand-alone, but the reader can tell there has been a story prior to this one.  The characters in the novel refer back to events that took place prior to the beginning of this story.  This novel was well written and did not have editing errors like so many books do today, it was a refreshing change.  The plot was well written and the author pulled the different threads in the fabric of the plot together very nicely by the end of the book.  Stephen Palmer, a knight from the 1300s, suddenly finds himself in a modern day setting, injured and alone.  He soon finds out that he also has a serious disadvantage in this new world that he will have to overcome in order to survive.  Luckily, he has friends that have traveled before him that can help him adjust to his new circumstances.  Esme is hired to help Stephen transition to his new circumstances and the only thing that can be said is the plot thickens¿. What kind of relationship can be built between a man from the 1300s and a modern day woman?  Adding to Stephen’s problems is the fact that he did not arrive alone when he came forward in time.  Roger is not a friend of Stephen’s; in fact they were in a fierce battle when the time travel happened.  Roger also wants to find Stephen, but not to help him.  Karlsen did a wonderful job with the plot and I enjoyed reading this story.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance or historical fiction. 
MayrasSecretBookcase More than 1 year ago
Knight Blindness is the third installment in Karlsen’s The Knights in Time series. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint. The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight Stephen Palmer charges into battle when he is suddenly struck by the enemy. In that instant, he plummets through time and when he wakes up, wounded and confused, he finds himself in a hospital in 2013. Not only that, but blind due to his wound. His manner of speaking, questions and claims force people to believe that he’s mad. In a twist of fate, old friends of his who have also secretly traveled through time before, from earlier books, come to help. They assign him a tutor to help him adjust to the modern world: beautiful and warm-hearted Esme Crippen who, unfortunately, thinks Stephen adorable but also mad. But unbeknown to Stephen, the man who struck him, French knight Roger Marchant, was also sucked into the vortex and ripped through time…and he has his own agenda and will stop at nothing to hunt his enemy down and bring him back to 1356. This was a thoroughly entertaining and compelling read. Romance, adventure, intrigue, mystery and a touch of humor await you in Knight Blindness. With her close attention to historical detail, Karlsen brings the story to life. Stephen is a riveting hero, brave, loyal and stubborn, yet with a vulnerable, sensitive side; Esme is as sympathetic as heroines go, and I had fun watching their romance evolve. Roger is a character not many will like, but Karlsen gave him some redeeming qualities as well, making him a more complex and realistic villain. I should mention that although this is third in a series, it is also a standalone book, and the author does a good job in providing some light backstory that doesn’t get overwhelming. If you’re a fan of time-travel and historical romance, you’ll want to add this one to your shelf.
Momma_Chaos More than 1 year ago
Back in the day , BR (before reviews), I read A LOT of historical romances.  Those still are my very favorite sub-genre of romance.  I love knights, lords and ladies. I love the time when life could be hard but chivalry prevailed.    Knight Blindness is story of a knight, Stephen Palmer, who in the midst of battle is mysteriously brought forward into present day time.  Thankfully he has a few friends from his time  ( see books 1 & 2) who find him and are able to help him out.  Seriously wounded and now blinded by an attack during the battle in his own time - not only is he thrust into a new era of living, but also at the disadvantage of having no vision to see the changes that have been wrought.   Still Stephen maintains his chivalry.    Yes, I may have fallen just a little bit in love with him :) The author did a wonderful job piecing together this book.  One thing that I especially enjoyed was that although it is Book 3 in a series, it could read fine as a stand alone.  I personally did not read the first two books (yet, because you can bet your pants I'm going to check them out now!) and while there are some hints to them, you get along just fine and don't feel lost at all without having read them.   The battle scene and Stephen's stories of other battles were written in such a way that you can see them play out in your head as you are reading.. By far, my favorite parts about the book was the laughter I got.  Laughter ? In a romance? Oh yes.  So many things made me giggle - almost always in conversation between Stephen and his love interest Esme.  I wish now I had marked the passages as I read it and giggled so I could share them with you!   Regardless,  knights +  love story + laughter = a solid win in my book!  I hope you'll check it out!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knight Blindness is book 3 in The Knights in Time series, and yes, it’s best to read them in order. Having said that, I absolutely loved this story. What happens when you take two men from the time of knights and swords and dump them into the middle of 2013? That’s a great questions and one you get to travel along with to find how both the good knight and his arch rival deal with all the complex and down right bizarreness of the modern age. I love reading how the out-of-time men perceive out world! Especially since Stephen is now blind. . . Absolutely fascinating and compelling story and writing. The romance between Stephen and Esme is HOT, but not too hot, lol. The details so engrossing you’ll think you were right there along with the characters. And the desires of each character are so different, yet it all comes together to form a perfect and delicious adventure. It’s rare to find time travel stories like this that feel so believable, but Chris Karlsen intrigued me from the very beginning and kept me riveted well past the last page.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This brilliant story was simultaneously hilarious and heart wrenching.  Karlsen’s brilliant storytelling draws you into a world that compares with no other, while remaining realistic and easy to relate to.  This novel was well and eloquently written.  I really appreciated the fact that I never felt like the author was talking down to her audience.  The research behind this novel is out of this world.  I was very impressed with the twist that Karlsen put on well-known battles throughout history without rampant inaccuracies.  The characters in this novel are off the hook.  Karlsen manages to seamlessly combine the middle ages with modern times to create characters that would be at home in either time period.  She also creates characters that really draw you to them.  They are unique and realistic all at the same time.  It’s a very nice combination.  This goes for both the main characters and for the supporting casts.   Overall, this was a very intriguing novel that kept me going throughout.  I would highly recommend it to any reader and cannot wait to dig into more from this very talented author.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.