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The Winter Knight

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I am so grateful for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, this just turned out not to be for me. It was a little hard for me to follow and dragged a bit.

I do think the YA crowed will enjoy this retelling, but unfortunately it just didn't work for me.

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This book was magic. Set against a very picturesque Vancouver backdrop, The Winter Knight blends myth and Arthurian legend with a rich urban fantasy.

Full disclosure I live in Vancouver, so the book came alive for me in a visceral way because of the setting. Wayne and Hildie, the two main protagonists, are at very different places into their lives but both are searching for how their places as myths blends in to their purpose and meaning.

Battis does a wonderful job weaving legends with a current modern plot and I couldn't put this book down.

Definitely recommend you check this one out!

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I super welcome queer and inclusive reimagining of all kind of myths, and while I’m not a big expert on Arthuriana I was curious to see what The Winter Knight did with it. It definitely has a modern style - I’ve seen someone compare it to Schitt’s Creek and I agree a snarky queer sitcom vibe is there. The ideas of circles of reincarnation seemed very fitting for the mythological backbone of the story, but I felt the plot component and - the mythological whodunit if you will — to be a bit too meandering and exposition too clunky. If you don’t expect a tight plot and go there for the sitcom with Arthuriana-inspired queer mess, you could have a good time.

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Really interesting premise, and I rlly enjoyed the autism rep !! I liked the characters, some more than others, and was intrigued as to where it was going !! There were a couple of places in the beginning that were pretty slow, but I rlly enjoyed it in the end

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The Winter Knight takes the retelling of myths/legends to a new level! It took me a second to get into the rhythm of this one, but once I did I was hooked. I have only a basic knowledge of Arthurian legends, but it was fascinating to read about how these mythical figures lived out their stories over and over again, making new choices while still being influenced by their legends that have played and replayed across time.

Thank you to ECW Press and NetGalley for providing a digital copy of The Winter Knight in exchange for an honest review. The Winter Knight will be available April 4, 2023.

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For fans of Arthurian legend and humour - this novel follows a reinventing, investigative story about Camelot in modern Vancouver but I didn't feel that it offered anything different from other retellings. I felt distracted and uneasy with the writing and the story left me feeling bland and unimpressed.

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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun story pulling Arthur into a modern era leaning heavily on the idea of various Myths coming back again and again. I really enjoyed the personifications of Hildie and Wayne especially as the POV Characters and Morgan was a delightfully complex woman. I also enjoyed the way magic / myths / heroes work in a cycle of rebirth in the author's universe.

However, I also found the book a little slow and harder to move through. Up front it felt like there was a lot of exposition and I was still left confused about how things work, in addition to the useful mystery of the story itself. As the book continued, some of the story felt a little sluggish and I think it could have clipped along at a faster pace.

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A smart, intelligent and original retelling of the Arthurian legends, that manages to combine historic myth with something modern. Retellings of the Arthurian tales have been done to death, but with a clever murder mystery, LGBQTIA+ and Disability representation, compelling characters, and a respect but not deference to the original stories, this is a refreshing, clever read

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Arthurian legends are reborn in this upbeat queer urban fantasy with a mystery at its heart

Knights , Valkyries rune smiths what’s not to love This is a book that takes a bit of work but is worth the effort the story gets more intricate and exciting as it goes on . It’s nice to have fully told story with an ending but scope to expand later.

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It seems that retellings of Arthurian legends have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but I feel like the direction this book took really stood out from the others. A lot of these retellings rely on the characters being reborn, with the action following the reincarnations as they act out a plot similar to one you'd find in the original legends. Here too, the characters are largely part of an endless circle of reincarnation, with the Knights and other key players from the stories making their appearances. Here though, the modern characters stand apart from their legendary lives, as I wouldn't have known who anyone was supposed to be if it had not been stated in the book. The main plot follows the pov of two different characters: Wayne, a Knight, and Hildie, a Valkyrie, both of whom get involved with the murder of Mo Penley (formerly Mordred). The focus is solving the murder, but the plot tends to meander through a lot of different points, sometimes seemingly dropping the murder plot completely for a few chapters. While there is good representation in this book, I felt like the author was trying too hard at times, and that there were too many aspects fighting for the spotlight, making it hard to follow. I also wasn't a fan of the writing style, but that is a personal issue. Overall, this is an interesting take on Arthurian legends and one that I can see appealing to a lot of teen readers.

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Thank you Netgalley and ECW Press for this eARC, these opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this one. The characters were enjoyable and the story felt realistic to me. I enjoyed the representation in the book, both with the LGBRQA+ representation and disability representation. I think Jes Battis did a good job of portraying someone with disabilities and it was relatable. I also enjoyed that this was a mythic mystery type of story! I also liked that as someone who doesn’t know a lot about Arthurian Tales I wasn’t confused in terms of what was going on the author mixed the tales well with a modern take!

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Thank you, ECW Press, for allowing me to read The Winter Knight early!

Jes Battis reimagines Arthurian legends in a very original way in The Winter Knight and quickly captures the heart of the reader with their characters and their writing,

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I enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and the characters were well developed. I would recommend this book to others and would like to read more from this author in the future.

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I love that this is a Arthurian legends reborn novel, it was exactly what I was hoping for from this description. The characters felt like the characters they were suppose to be. It was well written and I enjoyed the way Jes Battis wrote this. I look forward to reading more from the author.

"To her surprise, Vera Grisi’s face flashed across the skein of memories. There was blood and dirt on her face. She stood in a high tower, holding a sword, as Mo banged a heavy fist against the door. Two armies crashed into each other. Vera said something to Mo, and his face flushed red with anger, maybe shame"

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