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Book Review: The Tale of the Border Knight

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They say the Noble Seven came from the Waste.

They say the knights arrived from the desert gleaming in silver mail, shimmering bright as the sun, a refraction of every color under God’s sky. They were honor, righteousness, and courage made flesh. Some claim they came from beyond, angels sent to stand against damons. Some say.

If you want to know the truth, I will tell you.

Title: The Tale of the Border Knight

Series: A Keymark Novella (Prequel of The Legend of Black Jack)

Author: A.R. Witham

Page Count: 73

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Date Read: June 29th, 2023

After reading The Legend of Black Jack last year and truly enjoying it, (Listen to the author narrate his own grand tale if you get the chance) I of course wanted more (Review of The Legend of Black Jack). I finally got the chance to dive into A. R. Witham’s novella The Tale of the Border Knight here near the end of June.
 
This tale shed a bit of light and history onto the Border Knights and perhaps a glimpse into everyone’s favorite Trol as well. This one was a lot of fun. Just more of the same from this author so far.
 
The pacing was as good as can be expected both from this author and it being a short novella read. One could easily sit down and burn through this in a single day easy. Something I rarely get with a novella was a comfortable feeling of satisfaction. It had a solid beginning, middle and end. Often times I feel novellas simply leaving me wanting more. This one just seemed complete to me. 0erhaos I’d feel different if I read thus before Black Jack. I’m not sure.
 
The world building was done well. This really did just give us more details on the history of the knights and their relationships between each other, the Elves and the Trols. You can’t really ask for much more in about a hundred pages.
 
The character development was good for such a short time with these characters. It was interesting to see how different the knights were. How their various gear fit their different fighting styles. It was also nice seeing the relationship between Valerian and the Elves as well as the Trol King specifically setting the stage for future events in Black Jack.
 
I closing I’d just like to add the humor in this short one was a nice surprise and something I needed right at the moment of reading this one.
 
I’d recommend this to readers of fantasy without a doubt. Light hearted, fun with action. Now the real question is order of reading. I think reading this after The Legend of Black Jack worked well for me. However, if you’re just looking for something shorter to try out the author I don’t think reading The Tale of the Border Knight first would hurt either. I felt this was a good representation of the author’s work and style.

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 4/5
Character Development 4/5

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Chad Barnard

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