Realm of Knights
Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.
In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
I'm still high on sleep deprivation, but I'm pushing through)
The fact that I still loved this is a testament of either me being extremely biased or the book actually being great. Either way, I enjoyed it and books these days have a trend of not even letting me do that. #Pettysoulssavemoles
This is called the 'I've re-read this too many times' smile.
*pizzaz*The more you know.
Me: Should I attempt at a biased free review?
Brain: Yes, you totally should. It's the smartest thing.
Me: Okay, I'll do a biased review.
This series is my personal adoration.
It has flaws, many of them (cliché and sometimes predictable), but this is one of those cases that I don't really care because I love the characters, the action, the setting, I basically love everything (not completely true, but I'm hyping myself up). The first time I read it was a few years back, and I bought all of them as quickly as I finished the first one. Well, gently harassed my dear father to buy them for me, because I have absolutely no self-control whatsoever. Although underrated and quite conflicting, this book is like hot chocolate. I couldn't get enough of it, until someone tells me I have diabetes. Which isn't that fun, but oh well. I'll deal with that later.
And I liked the book's smell too...
Yeah, even though it's an e-book. It has a smell in my head.
*nods in 'I hope that's normal'*
This was some of the many guilty pleasure reads I go through every time I need a little pick me up that doesn't result in obliteration of one of the senses.
Mainly known as, the brain.
Adding to my seriously well thought through... thought process. I've come to the conclusion that the storyline was fast-paced, action-tastic, shallow driven perfection. Sue me for not wanting to have a whole glossary of every court in a book ever. Sometimes I don't want to think that much. Hence the 'shallow' comment. From the beginning, the story takes off like me every time someone mentions having to interact with people in real life, jumping over hurdles of plot holes which I really didn't mind that much and frankly, it was so darn fun. Every twist, every piece of Knighthood that was incorporated just made everything seal together in stitches that healed my unraveling soul. Caused by unhealthy amounts of books destroying it. I adored how character driven it was, how immensely entertained it made me, and how I felt comfortable and relaxed throughout it all. Apart from those chapters that took me by the non-existent extensions and dragged me all over the floor, of course. And let me just say that I worshiped the Mulan esque trope which you may or may not know, but I stan that trope so hard it isn't even funny anymore. The bloody battlefield, betrayal galore, handsome kings and princes in abundance... in short, I would marry this book and everything in it.
Bring me a veil, porfavor.
And a ring. Wait no, I can make a ring out of a sword. Oh! I can also add the blood of my enemies in a little vial that will give me an immortal life of war and chaos-
I need to stop.
*proceeds to sketch said ring*
Throughout it all, my entertainment scale continued to grow with the writing. It was simplistic in nature, no overused metaphors, no trying to understand complex imagery. It was a blanket on a rainy evening, for sure. Maybe it was the weakest part of the book? And maybe it could've been better? But I still love the book? Regardless of that? Do I need to stop asking questions? Probably? Okay, I'm done. I would definitely make clear once again, that I'm supremely biased, therefore the lacking brain cells have been malfunctioning. Therefore, I don't know if you would hate it, but to be honest, for me, it was wonderful. Every chapter drowned me in this sense of peace and final knowledge of 'I'm finally enjoying a book', and the way certain things were expressed, the action sequences, the guys, the clothing... I loved everything.
You know what else I loved? The characters.
Holy noodle stack.
I would sell my soul for some of them.
Not all because I didn't connect with every single one. If it were so, this would've been a legit 5-star book.
I don't care about the possible question of my information source aka the countless times I highlighted a conversation between said characters.
Before I break my neck diving into the great abyss of them all, I need to fangirl a little about the character dynamics.
Have y'all read something similar to TLC? The characters just enjoying banter, not having philosophical conversations, not being annoying douchnuggets every five minutes? Well that was a lot like this. I squealed during so many of their interactions it was insane. Adding to the fact that it's a wonder I can still speak, my voice is hoarse but whatever. Sacrifices must be made.
Unless it's one of these characters.
In which case, sacrifices must be avoided.
Because I don't want to describe every character, and I don't usually do. I must mention that even though the MC wasn't the best, and her action left lots to be desired. I liked her ability to remain sane whilst being surrounded by so many handsome princes. *chuckles in 'I'm so shallow'* Okay, as a person, she wasn't the smartest of the bunch, her innate dumb decision-making was ingrained in her like I wish patience was ingrained in me. And sure, at times I wanted to shake her a little because WHY WOULD YOU DO SOMETHING SO STUPID, MY GOSH. Besides all those frustrating tidbits, I laughed with her, squealed with her and frankly, I liked her journey throughout it all.
Do I still want to sell her to Brain & More.? Yes, yes I do.
Now, the secondary characters are where the tea's at. Forget about the 'past' love interest, because he doesn't matter. Trust me, he doesn't. He was there for plot filling. There was the assassin, the princes (plural, I can't. I'm dying), the captain, and hellooooooo, the AMAZING WARRIOR WOMEN. I cherished the different settings in which the characters were born in, how sarcastic a certain beauty was. And how amazingly vicious the next appeared to be.
In all honesty, all of them were cinnamon buns.
Some of them might kill you but all of them are pastries. *snort*
If I could hug them all to my warm soul, I would repeatedly do so. And I will choose to turn a blind eye and forget about some sexist comments. I know for a fact that all of them will get schooled in the next books. Overall, the characters were lovely, albeit a bit disconnected from reality and perhaps a little behind a pane of glass. Still, I would be a liar if I said that they didn't cause me happiness from time to time.
The romance is not important. It's there in this book. But ignore it, overlook it, it is useless. Don't even waste time on their interactions. The guy is bland and frankly their chemistry reminds me of that one guy I tried to date in 2nd grade. And that lasted more than this one did. So yes. romance in this book? Hades shall accompany it to Tartarus.
On a closing note, I extremely enjoyed this whole story. I had fun, didn't have to think that much, read really quickly, and fangirled quite a bit. I will not give it five stars because there were sometimes inconsistencies found within plot and writing, which I disliked. However, I had the greatest time reading this and being able to be more antisocial than I currently am.
This book wasn't the best of the series, I will admit that. Still, I would say that after the rocky start of this one, the rest take off immensely better for which I shall always be grateful for.
Now, I need to cry over my baby Dexter for a little more.
Because I can't have him.
And it kills me.
Also, *clears throat* DID I MENTION THAT THE NEXT BOOK HAS FORCED MARRIAGE?????? I DIDN'T???? OH, MY BAD.
IT HAS FORCED MARRIAGE, Y'ALL. AND ONE BED TROPE.
IN THE NEXT BOOK.
However, shall I explain the impeccable men in this novel? That's right, I can't. Because I lack the ability to do so.
Consider this a filler novel. There for convenience.
Every single mention of Dexter.
Dexter is perfection.
Also, everything gets so much spicier starting from chapter 11. Trust me. *WINK* Or like, don't. My memory almost always fails me.
This right here, is the meaning of guilty reads.
Thank you so much for fighting through this mess and I hope that even the smallest of smiles were present!