‘The Book of Knights’ is the first English language novel by Canadian author Yves Meynard. It’s about a young boy, Adelrune, who finds The Book of Knights in his foster parents’ house. His life with these people is strict and often cruel, dictated by the stern Rule, the religion of his town. Adelrune doesn’t believe in the harsh, hypocritical teachings of the Rule, and finds in The Book of Knights a place to belong. Of course, it would be even better if he could become a knight, so he leaves home to find, Riander, a man who can teach him the things he needs to know.
This is a really simple book, stylistically, written in an uncomplicated way that’s reminiscent of fairytales or even children’s fantasy stories, although it’s neither of these things. This is definitely an adult book, and held a lot more emotional impact for me than almost any true fairytale I’ve ever read. Although the writing is straightforward, it’s neat and clean, and the short descriptions are so finely written that every image, scene, and character was crystal clear to me. The adventures that Adelrune undertakes are believable, and, although some mythical things are mentioned, each one feels interesting and new, not as if it’s something that’s been written over and over.
Before I started reading this, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into the book because I knew there was a weird time skip in Adelrune’s life. But this was handled really well, just like pretty much everything else in the book. It’s just a really lovely, captivating stand‐alone fantasy novel.