A Hard Day’s Knight by Cate Masters


Book Review

8/10

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Some days, it’s best to lay low. Lance Knight finds out the hard way – when he encounters his longtime foe, witch Morgan le Fay, at Medieval Merriment. Her curse kept him wandering the world for centuries. When he also meets Gwyn McCartney there through a 1NS date, he’s struck by her resemblance to his true love, Guinevere. It gives him hope for the first time in centuries. First, he must face Morgan to break the curse, and he has only one hope: his sword, forged in the fires with Excalibur and imbued with magical powers by Merlin.

Gwyn McCartney’s had it with dating. Her friend’s setup through 1NS with Lance Knight irritates her, especially when Lance acts bored at Medieval Merriment – her employer and greatest fantasy. When a wench threatens Lance – a witch, he says – her fantasy world seems all too real. After Lance kisses her, she knows she has to battle Morgan le Fay. Can she free him, or will she lose him forever to the witch’s curse?

A Hard Day’s Knight by Cate Masters brings a nice mix of modern realism to one of my favorite legends. Though Lancelot wasn’t on my adoring list, this story has given me a new take to the character.

Lance Knight, one of the Knights of the Round Table, found himself under a curse. He was forced to wander the world for centuries, hoping that one day he could take his revenge on Morgana. Then as luck would have it, he found himself set up with a 1NS with none other than Gwyn McCartney whom might as well be the reincarnation of his beloved Guinevere.

Was it destiny? Or was it luck?

I read this book in two sittings. This book had it all. It contained a medieval roleplaying, dinning, dance, and my favorite: magic. There were a few things I found confusing at first, like the reason why Lance kept insisting on moving. I thought it was only because he was immortal, but that is cleared up later in the story.

The pace was wonderfully spread out in the second half and moved nicely to a great ending, one I wasn’t expecting at all. The characters became quite likeable and interesting as the story progressed. Not to mention, there are plenty of twists and turns in the story to make it an enjoyable read. And one can not forget the added touch of erotica towards the end, which I consider an added plus to this great story concept.

A Hard Day’s Knight is a book that is better read in one sitting and with one’s full attention buried in its pages. Overall a truly nice twist to a long lost character of the Arthurian Legend. Having never read any of the 1NS books I was unsure of what to expect. Glad I read it and you can bet that Cate Masters is an author I will be adding to my to-read list.

Sum it up: A contemporary fantasy packing one heck of an ending.

What I liked most: The overall writing, concept, and theme of the story.

What I liked the least: The confusing first half.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes! Looking forward to more of Cate Masters’ works and other 1NS stories.

Though this is the first 1NS story I have read, not to mention the first from Decadent Publishing, I enjoyed it very much. Hope you found the review interesting and keep checking back for more.

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