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.
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I did receive this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Realm of Knights is a story about a girl named Reid who disguised herself as a boy. Reid was pronounced as a boy at birth by her father so that Reid would be able receive the heir of the estate (only boys can receive the heir). Reid is the last daughter of five and now has to live her life as a boy in public only really.
As Reid matures into a woman, she struggles with keeping her true identity a secret because she no longer feels comfortable as a boy anymore. We see Reid also struggle with feeling like it is her duty to protect her family from any harm that may come their way. To help protect her family, Reid ends up joining an army known as the Knights of the Realm where she undergoes particular tasks.
To put simply. 😁
Sadly, I did not find myself enjoying this story. It was not meant for me and there are people out there who might enjoy this book better than I did.
I didn’t enjoy this book because I ultimately could not connect or engage with the story whatsoever and even the characters. The writing was bland which left the plot to be boring and characters to be very basic. The writing was a little too simple and not enough richness that I was looking for. The writing was lacking descriptions of things like the world and the characters. There was absolutely no world building or character development. I just kept wanting so much more from the author’s writing, but it just never really came out and “wowed” me. I was left bored for the most part of the story.
Then, there was romance which I wasn’t expecting. And not at all in a good way. The love interest was random and there wasn’t nothing leading up to it. It was too sudden and just....weird.
I truly did like the concept of this story and the medieval time period that this novel took place in. However, the writing just ruined this book for me completely.
By no means is this book bad, I think it wasn’t for me and I what I look for in an exceptional novel.