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A marvelous tale that takes us from our modern world into a wonderful fantasy realm, one forgotten by the people of Earth. The world building is incredible. There's a rich history filled with unusual customs and folklore, and none of it is dumped on the reader. It's perfectly spread out through the book. This is the first book in a series, and I cannot wait to learn more about the land and its peoples.
What makes this book stand out from other YA fantasy tales is the cast of characters. Callan is a strong female protagonist. She has my sympathy as well as my admiration. And the mystery behind her dark secret is intriguing. Kaela is another great female character. She's a soldier with a powerful sense of duty and loyalty. Then there are all the charming males: Gawain, Quin, Darrion, and Ward. Not James. He wasn't charming at all!
THE VANISHED KNIGHT is a fantastic beginning to Misha Gerrick's series. I can't wait until the next one is released!
It took me a little bit to get into this book, but I was instantly draw to and concerned about Callan. I wanted to settle down in her head for ride. (Her inner dialog...AWESOME.)
The dual world aspect was super cool and when we reached the other side, the story really found its pace for me. I was screaming for Callan to unleash her inner evil—just a little bit—in what felt like a very chauvinistic society, and teach those demanding boys a lesson. But then, that probably would have been bad. Since it was evil.
I'm anxious to learn the rest of Callan's story and can't wait for the sequel.
The book ends without ending. You'll need to get the second one.
A few minor spots contain either an error missed by the editor, a UK versus US translation difference, or a formatting flaw caused in publication. The work is exemplary writing otherwise.
Any book that can combine the use of the names Gawain and Lorcan, from a fantasy realm yet, impresses me.
This is an honest review, written after reading the free copy I was given.
Gericke (or Gerrick, if you prefer) does an excellent job with characterization. Some characters start off at the beginning of the book acting a bit like archetypes--such as James, Callen's foster brother who is both attractive and arrogant in his upper-class snobbery, and Phipps, the castle guard who threatens expulsion to all who disobey even the smallest of rules. But, as it turns out, these archetypes are actually only the outer layers to the characters, which peel away as the adventure progresses and they reveal more of their true selves.
Callan's character is very well-developed, as she has both flaws and positive traits, both fears and desires. Her backstory and her life outside the fantasy realm are realistic, making the transition through the portal more accessible and believable.
Descriptions of action are dynamic and engaging, tracing the flowing moves of sword fights. The pacing of this novel is excellent and remains exciting page after page. The mystery behind who Callan's real parents are, where the Black Knight disappeared to, and who will be chosen as the next king keep the suspense going. I am eagerly anticipating the sequel!
Title: The Vanished Knight
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction
Synopsis: The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she’s sixteen, it’s ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another. Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except...it's not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died. Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they’d lied about everything. Even who they really were. Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan’s trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn’t an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim. In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with. One with a taste for destroying her life.
Review: This was an excellent read that I just got lost in almost straight away. I just couldn't stop reading and finished this within the day that I started to read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read a book that spans across many genres. People who love science fiction/fantasy/young adult books will love to read this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm far from being a YA, and I don't usually read fantasies, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been a long time since I've read a book that allowed me to immerse myself in a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan Flett Swiderski
The Vanished Knight is the first book I’ve read from M Gerrick and I know it won’t be the last. In fact, I’ve got book two in this series already waiting for me on my kindle'... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tania
An enjoyable and fun ride into a fantasy world with great characterization and world-building!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
First things first: I received this a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Callan Blair is fairly sure that this next foster assignment will be like... Read more
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The Vanished Knight is an epic fantasy tale that invites the reader to slip into another world,... Read more
Secrets abound in this story and unravel in a delicious way. Can't wait to see what happens next in this world. The characters are so strong and the emotion matches. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Mary Pax