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Girls Can't Be Knights (Spirit Knights) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 3, 2015
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"The story should provide a heartwarming boost to anyone in a tough situation.A clever, feel-good opening to a fantasy series with a tenacious heroine." -Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Lee French lives in Olympia, Washington, with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that won't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.
Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her "velvet touch" as an actor's director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
And I love it !!!
Its about a young girl who had everything thrown at her by normal means at such a young age.
Then she gets things thrown at her by not so normal means.
She finds a new way of life in a world that catered to men being a knight.
Its a great story,I could not put this book down
It was so well written and captivating.
I am totally looking forward to the next book!!!
Hope you get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did
And if you do please ,if you will leave a honest review.😀
Ever since her parents and younger brother died life seems to throw all its got at her.
After a rather short but super terrible day Claire meets Justin who is about to change her life forever.
The book premises is fantastic. I really love the idea behind it. However I feel the author did not dive deep at all. Just skimming the top and barely developing the story at all. It was just ok and I found that very disappointing as I feel the idea has a lot of potential.
The story jumps around and is not very detailed in any sense of the word. It felt more like a very rough draft and less like a published book.
Yeah so, how many of you would just go with this person? How many would think he needs visit to the nut house? Well, its all real. The magic, the king, the knights, and yes, even ghosts. But these ghosts can really hurt the living. In a way you probably didn't expect.
Claire took a bit of convincing, and just as things seem okay, a ghost decided to go after her. Why not? So she needs Justin and his skills to help her with this ghost problem. She is very good at this Spirit Knight stuff. No reason a girl can't be something. That even includes being a Knight. Not only can we do things better and teach these knight a thing or two, but we can look good doing it.
Claire has the will to be a knight and she fits right into this world. Her idea of life is starting to become hopeful. She isn't lost anymore. She has a place to belong and her life has meaning again.
An amazing read for anyone. A book that needs to be read and is surely to make your favorites list of the year!
Claire doesn’t let bullies get her down, she fights back. On school grounds fighting is cause for suspension, but that didn’t stop her from beating up the bully. She will probably be known for beating up a guy, but she won’t know because she’s not allowed to go back to school until her suspension is over. In the meantime, Claire is suddenly a target of all the neighborhood animals and at her wits end when a cat tries to claw off her face Justin arrives. He is a Knight. Literally. A knight. But he’s happily married with children, still, he must protect Claire from forces she never knew existed.
The juxtaposition of Justin’s viewpoint and thoughts and Claire’s perspective and thoughts gives the book a rich variety in flavor as the two characters are very different. Justin is a young father of two girls. He only learned to be a father through a mentor and sometimes doesn’t always understand Claire. He wants to protect Claire and doesn’t mind killing Ur-phasms, hitting innocent people over the head, or stealing hats. Claire, on the other hand, doesn’t think too hard before taking action, is out to protect herself even when she isn’t always able, and follows the law until it would lead to her harm. She also doesn’t always understand Justin.
Claire fights at school and sticks up for herself, even when it gets her in trouble, yet when she’s faced with real problems and life or death fights, she wishes her knight would save her. After the first few times when he doesn’t immediately come to save her, she realizes she still must rely on herself to get out of the sticky situation, but still, her plans don’t always work out. Finally the knight saves her, but through her struggles to figure out what really happened to her father and what the heck a Spirit Knight is, she will learn that she actually can save herself.
Kids bully Claire at school. Adults tell her what to do and what not to do. The system dictates where she lives and who she lives with. And everyone who knows about the Knights tells her that Girls Can’t Be Knights. Every time. Sometimes they say it incredulously, because it’s never happened before while sometimes they say it disdainfully because they can’t comprehend a change in the familiar, a girl knight. Claire is convinced that she can be a knight and is glad to have been chosen. It gives her life a purpose.
Overall the story was interesting and fun to read while speeding along at a rapid pace. The concepts French introduced were intriguing and I loved her play on gender. If there is a second book I would love to see more on how the only girl who is a knight fits into a world of male knights.