The Gift-Knight's Quest

The Gift-Knight's Quest

by Dylan Madeley




Chandra never asked to rule Kensrik, but fate took a strange course. Known as a usurper and sorceress by most and traumatised by all that has transpired, she is forced to make use of the few loyal allies she has in order to hold together her restless empire. In an attempt to identify and defeat the conspirators who inadvertently landed her in power, Chandra risks putting the lives of many in mortal danger, as well as her own. Derek is an aimless wanderer - the youngest in a lineage that has long fallen from nobility. He finds himself summoned by tradition to serve a family historically considered his bitter enemy. As he journeys down the same path a fateful ancestor once travelled, he struggles with personal demons and begins to reconsider his loyalty to the mission. Duke Lenn found one true cause in love and it cost him everything. His legacy shaped the present in which Chandra and Derek find themselves. Now their choice will shape the future of Kensrik... The Gift-Knight's Quest is set in a new and vividly imagined world, written with delicate prose that will allow the reader to explore with their imagination. Inspired by authors such as Michael Moorcock, J. G. Ballard and Roger Zelazny, it will appeal to fans of fantasy and historical fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781784621414
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Gift-Knight's Quest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TracyJTJ More than 1 year ago
Dylan Madeley’s epic fantasy novel, The Gift Knight’s Quest, focuses around two primary protagonists: Derek and Chandra. Derek is a young man serving in the military of his small country and whose family are descended from former nobles. His father is bitter and focused only on what the family has lost and believes that Derek should seek retribution for their losses. Chandra, is the illegitimate daughter of the King of Kensrik. She has been raised within the palace, yet is completely overlooked by most of the people around her, including her father. However, through a quirk of fate she winds up monarch of this kingdom. Both characters have to contend with the complex political scheming going on around them, which aims to destabilise the kingdom and end Chandra’s reign. The world building of this novel is detailed and one of its strongest assets. Madeley has taken the time to include numerous intricate details regarding daily life, politics, legends and rituals - all of which serve to create a believable world. For the most part I found the novel to be primarily focused around the political machinations of the characters secretly opposing Chandra, some of whom are members of her own government, rather than an action packed adventure story. However, the latter third of the novel does introduce some fine action sequences and the pace picks up. Unfortunately, I found pacing up until this point a little slow. Part of the problem was that the author introduced a second time stream to the story. One timeline acts within the time of Chandra and Derek, while another timeline follows the fate of Derek’s ancestor, Duke Lenn. When this section began I found myself confused as to whether this really was taking place in the past and I had to reread the scene introduction to clarify this. I can see the point of following Derek and Lenn’s journey, since part of the way their route traverses the same country and they are both subject to political scheming beyond their ken and control and what happens to Lenn helps define the future that Derek and Chandra are grappling with. However, in a couple of scenes with Chandra the pertinent history of Duke Lenn was revealed. I found in light of this that this past history arc was superfluous. As such it served to slow the pace of the current timeline and to always “take me out of the story” and distance me from the arcs revolving around Chandra and Derek. Thus, I never fully empathised with either of the main characters or became deeply engaged with the story. Judging from other reviews, though, this was not the case for all readers. Three stars
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Fantasy novel which takes a while to get going At the end of this fantasy novel, you realise that this is only the first in a series. The story concerns two characters who are destined to meet and interact but it takes over two-thirds of the book for this to happen – which is a bit frustrating. In fact, there is not a lot of action until that point when suddenly a lot happens. Derek is a young soldier sent to Chandra’s court as a gift-knight: he is one of the sole descendants of a rival dynasty and is torn between his revenge and his honour. Chandra is the Crown princess of a powerful kingdom, previously neglected at court and suddenly put in a leading and unexpected position. The plot includes a great deal of political machinations. Not too impressed, I cannot really recommend this although many fantasy fans may see wonders which I have missed.
Stewart777 More than 1 year ago
This book was very unpredictable and kept me guessing !!! It was filled with alot of humor and serious parts that really sparked my interest.  I  admired reading for the mere fact it was a historical fiction book that wasn't book complicated to follow. The setting and plot created a logical paradigm that was unmatched when compered to past books that I've read !!! Great Book !!
Kylixie More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written and fascinating novel I knew I was going to enjoy this book when by the 4th page I actually laughed out loud from the conversation between Derek and his father, very relatable. But things quickly became serious and soon the adventure really began to unfold. I really enjoyed this story and think for a debut this author has brought a good quality novel to the table. Each character has an in-depth history which really brings them to life by adding depth and realism to the story. The action was great and just descriptive enough to make it easy to visualize without getting too wordy. I really felt for both Derek and Chandra and the many other characters that make up this detailed fantasy world. I really hope this author publishes more books and would love to read a sequel to this book.
GetYaWings More than 1 year ago
I am immediately drawn into this story as the author paints a brilliant picture for me to enjoy as it unfolds. As I’m treated to the POV of Derek, he already begins to grow on me showing signs of the rare, reasonable and open-minded human being. Chandra wound up being my favorite and I was pleased to find myself reading her POV often. Much background is provided; normally this might be difficult to keep track of but in this case it is done so with humor as well as a bit of family drama, keeping it interesting and memorable. ‘The Gift-Knight’s Quest’ is extremely well spoken which also provides for easy reading since it makes for no grammar/typo distractions – this is a quality that seems hard to come by lately and I cannot help but appreciate this as I read. Another thing I love is the treatment of Gale; he is Derek’s horse and typically in this sort of setting animals are viewed and treated more as tools than living things. Each time Gale’s comforts are considered or he is referred to by name, I am relieved and grateful.  Reading this is like having my own portable time travel machine and I absolutely love every moment I spend submerged in this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A riveting, hard to put down, debut novel.