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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Fallen Knight (The Knights of Honor Trilogy #3) by Dana D'Angelo


Although there are various opinions regarding the length of a short story, given the other features that it has, Fallen Knight is, in my opinion, a short story. Why I mention this? Simply because the short stories, the novellas, are focused on a single plot, a short period of time, and their denouement may be somehow abrupt. Thus, seeing that Fallen Knight observes these "rules", I can say without being a criticism, that the story would have deserved to be developed on several more levels to enable a deepening of the subject and of the feelings invoked. And that because, certainly, the women’s status in a society / a historical period that we imagine to be idyllic, in which the arrival of the knight in shining armour could save all, make us forget the fact that nothing was rose in those days, and the happy ending was probably a rare one, it'a good premise for a (love) story. But what feeds our imagination is the very idea of the knight and chivalry, of their moral code that ruled and decided their fate, but a code which once again faced the individual interest with the wellbeing of the society or group. A confrontation that, as Dana D'Angelo shows us, could regard not only the knights, but also could be the reason of the damsels’ distress. 

Both main (very likable) characters, marked by their past, by what they have done or suffered, come together and find themselves in a situation in which their chance at happiness depends not only on others, but on an entire social system that they are required to submit, a system that can overlook one evil or another, that could incriminate based only on appearances, the social status, without even trying to establish the truth. 

If you like the atmosphere of the cloak and dagger movies, historical romance stories and the idea that love saves everything, but especially if you want to day dream (again) to the fallen knight that you can redeem, you can read this story and found out that Dana D'Angelo, without being imposed by short stories rules, chose for her story to have also a moral that I let you to discover for yourself. Oh and, unlike me, you can begin with the first volume of the trilogy, it’s very possible for you to like them all. 

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About the author:
Dana is the only girl from a family of nine children. As a teenager, there was a constant battle for the T.V. remote, which she lost so she was forced to find her amusement in books. Soon after she discovered historical romance novels from best selling romance writers like Johanna Lindsay, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. She read as many as 10 romance books per week, and spent hours with her nose pressed between the pages, skipping meals and cutting out sleep. Medieval romance and love in the Regency era was just too exciting.

It wasn't until she was married with two young kids that she decided to take a stab at writing her own historical romance books. She is intrigued with the idea of writing romance fiction that could bring hours of enjoyment to readers, help them escape from reality, and perhaps remind them how sweet love is and should be. These are the things that she enjoys as a reader, and these are the things that she wants to give back as a writer.

Dana resides in a city east of Toronto, Canada. When not writing or reading, she's dining at local restaurants with her husband and kids and enjoying the spectacular foods of the world.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting and reviewing Fallen Knight!