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April 4, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: The Forever Knight, by John Marco

Book Review: “The Forever Knight” by John Marco

Lukien is the Bronze Knight, beloved by his kingdom and renowned in battle throughout his world. After betraying his king and losing his beloved, he wishes only for death, but rather than die, Lukien is given a chance for redemption: to be the protector of the Inhumans—those fragile mortals who live deep in the desert, far from the prying eyes of their world. These remarkable individuals have been granted magical powers in exchange for the hardships and handicaps life has handed them. And Lukien, now immortal himself, must be their champion. But how can one man, even an immortal warrior, protect hundreds from a world of potential enemies?

The Forever Knight By John Marco is a fast paced Knight tale about a flawed and broken soldier’s search for purpose in his potentially eternal life. This book takes no time dropping you in the thick of the action and hardly relents. The book also manages to wonderfully balance the story of Cricket, a young girl in search of her lost memories, despite their stark contrast in personalities. After reading this, the fourth in the series, I felt compelled to invest in the other three books to delve deeper into the characters. Now, although this is the fourth book in the series, it serves as a standalone novel; in fact, I would even say this is a better start than book one! Why? Because this is a quick and fun read that leaves you satisfied and craving more. Also, that 700+ page debut might intimidate you and The Forever Knight clocks in just north of 300+ pages, which is far less of a commitment to try out a series (But don’t worry, you’ll be hooked and want to read all once you’re done!)

Lukien, the Bronze Knight and story protagonist, is a wonderfully flawed character. Although he may be immortal, he feels pain. And, although his physical wounds may heal quickly, the author makes it evident that the psychological pains he suffers are far greater than any injury a sword or demon talon might deal. His self-destructive nature compels Lukien to pursue danger, so when the opportunity to “do some good” arrives, Lukien feigns disinterest but gives in to his soldier nature to do what is right. If you crave real characters that make mistakes, this is something you’ll probably enjoy.

Now, this next character is one that I wish I knew more about and I suspect I will once I read the predating books in the series: Malator. Malator is Lukien’s Akari, a spiritual being that grants him his heightened senses and abnormally fast healing. However, if you strip down these powers, you hear the defined voice of not just a magical element, but a person just as real as any other in the story. Malator is a fascinating character that repeatedly hints at worlds far larger than anything seen in the Bronze Knight series yet. I suspect we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, and I am giddy at the thought of what John has in store for his readers.

Alright, now it’s time to talk about a character that I was not crazy about, the lovely Cricket. She is a young teenage girl that has lost her memories and is tagging along with Lukien for his adventure. Her dialogue and story is well done, but I personally felt that her level of immaturity felt out of place in such a harsh world’s existence where kids would be given no choice but to mature at a more rapid pace than in today’s society. She seemed like a YA teen character in an adult fantasy series. It seems clear to me that she was intentionally written this way so her childlike innocent nature could peel at the callused psyche of the rough introverted Lukien.

Overall, this is a very well written fantasy story that uses a system of magic that is compelling and fascinating to read about. This is the type of story that deserves to stand out in a crowded shelf. If you’ve never been introduced to John Marco before now, you’ll be in for a real treat as this man is a well versed story teller that is willing to evolve with his characters for the betterment of his reading audience.

The Forever Knight is available now at Amazon.

Also, please stay tuned for my interview with John Marco on the 11th for my stop on his virtual book tour powered by TLC Booktours !


Roger Bellini



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  1. Heather J. @ TLC / Apr 12 2013 3:44 pm

    I’ve read one of John’s books before and it was a lot of fun. I’ll have to give this series a shot as well!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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