Sunday, March 22, 2009

Enchanting Review: The Sapphire Knight

Historical Middle Grade
ISBN# 978-1-933002-84-2
96 Pages
Hardcover—Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

The story starts off with a young man traveling through the night, who stumbles upon an old man huddled by a campfire. The older man offers to tell a story and share the campfire in exchange for food. Grudgingly, the traveler gives up an egg and a chunk of bread to hear the incredible tale that is THE SAPPHIRE KNIGHT.

I enjoyed THE SAPPHIRE KNIGHT. While we never learn too much about the knight himself, the reader follows along on the journey to save the music that’s being stolen from the knight’s hold. Along the way, he comes to realize that its not only there that the music’s been stolen away from, its being zapped from everywhere and its up to him to set it free. Mr. Sullivan creates an interesting and vivid world to set the story. From the Lady in White to the supposedly evil Queen of May, the characters are intriguing, especially the Lady in White’s castle and her defense systems. I especially liked the part where the knight first meets the Queen of May.

I was glad to see that this is the first book in a series. Hopefully we’ll learn more about the mysterious knight in future books. An enjoyable historical, THE SAPPHIRE KNIGHT will appeal to readers who enjoy a hint of sorcery and magic mixed with heroic knights.

A self-proclaimed non-reader, Sullivan has taken his knowledge of the reluctantly un-read and found ways to turn them into avid word crunchers using tactics such as the undead. Author of Connecting Boys with Books, Sullivan has become a reading specialist the nation over and fills much of his time with speaking on that subject. The rest of his time is spent with his muse-the children. Sullivan tours during the school year as well as during the summer and claims that, "the kids tell me what they want to that's what I write."

Enchanting Reviews
February 2009

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