Review: Children of the Knight – Michael J. Bowler
Lance has lived most of his life on the streets. Though he’s been able to dodge the system, he knows it won’t be much longer until it catches up with him. He’s yearns for a normal life, to have a family that loves him. Yet he knows such a thing may never be likely. He’s endured so much pain and heartache that he’s afraid of letting someone else get close to him.
Until he meets the man who claims to be the legendary King Arthur. It’s then that everything changes. Arthur has shown him a kindness and compassion unlike anything he’s ever known. Though he knows he shouldn’t trust him, Lance allows his instincts to take over. Arthur has done right by him, thus far, and he’s willing to give him the benefit of a doubt.
Lance’s life further changes as he allows himself to be taken under Arthur’s wing. Utilizing his knowledge of the city, he and his new friend soon set out on a journey to recruit others to Arthur’s noble cause. Granted, Arthur is different from today’s modern man, but it doesn’t change the fact that he seeks to set things right in the world he’s now come to know.
With wars erupting right and left around them, Lance soon realizes that things aren’t quite what he expected them to be. By allowing Arthur to do what he knows best, he unknowingly set into motion a series of events that may prove to be more than they can handle in the long run. Never-the-less, they’ll do everything in their power to clean up the streets, or die trying in the process.
I’m a fan of all things Arthurian, and I must say that this is one story that will not disappoint. A modern-day King Arthur story, Michael blends the histories of old with the modern world. We get to see a medieval knight learn to make his mark in a world he knows nothing about. By recruiting a slew of children to do his bidding, he’s able to instill in the morals their parents should have shown them from the beginning. This is one book you won’t want to put down. It’s that good, I assure you, and truly recommend it.
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A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles?
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and the children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.
About The Author:
Michael Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in San Rafael, California.
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and got a master’s in film production and another master’s in Special Education. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.”
”A Boy and His Dragon, published in 2011, is an urban fantasy about a lonely boy in 1970 who discovers both a living dragon and his own true nature, a nature that makes him the most dangerous boy on earth.
“A Matter of Time,” a Silver Award winner from Reader’s Favorite, was published in 2012. It is a real-world-grounded story of an almost impossible loop in time that leads to undying love and unforgettable heartache.
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys over 31 years with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles for 30 years. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.
“Children of the Knight” is controversial in its themes and conclusions. Those children society tends to reject or ignore or abuse or marginalize, who come in all shapes and sizes – black and white and brown and Asian and Pacific Islander and gang affiliated and gay and straight and those who are confused about their sexuality – are the subject of this book, and the story depicts an adult society that tells these kids, in various ways, that they are of no real value.
He has already completed writing Parts II and III of “Children of the Knight.” Part II, “Running Through A Dark Place” begins exactly where I ended, and Part III, “And The Children Shall Lead” starts where II leaves off and completes the cycle. Both should be available in early 2014.
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