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The High Kingdom is facing its darkest hour Its King has been weakened by illness and many are discontent with the ueen’s regency As rebellion rumbles throughout the land new threats are massing forces at the realm’s bordersDesperate the King decides to free Lorn who has spent the past 3 years locked away on trumped up charges in the citadel of Dalroth Acting on the advice of a mysterious emissary of the Dragon he dubs Lorn ‘Knight of the Onyx Throne’ making him the upholder of royal authorityLorn accepts the King’s mission but also hunts those responsible for his imprisonment Reinstating the Onyx Guard a once powerful elite force he becomes a new figure of hope for his people But some take a dim view of his growing popularity and influence and they are busy plotting his downfallIf he foils his enemies will he assume the role of champion that the Dragon’s Council of Emissaries have been seeking the one capable of facing the Black Dragon? He must first confront an evil that gnaws at him ever since he was exposed to the Dark at Dalroth which now threatens to overwhelm him


10 thoughts on “Haut Royaume Le Chevalier

  1. says:

    First all I can think about is the ending but we will get back to that laterLorn was a celebrated knight now 3 years later he is freed from prison A hellish prison that has left him eternally marked by darkness And by darkness I actually mean darkness The dark is a force not to be played with It can turn you it can kill you Not to mention sitting in a shitty prison for 3 years is hell tooThe kingdom is in turmoil all good kingdoms are ; The king is sitting in his citadel half dead and hiding The princes arewell princes and one seems promising The ueen has the power and the dukes wants to rebel And all while another nation wants to take land back they lost The usual stuff then politics war death destruction dark powers and just awesomenessI could not stop reading I got caught up in Lorn's story he was such an unwilling hero He was so angry I wanted to know why he had been in prison I wanted to know why he had to save the landBut then came the ending I sat up in bed and said wtf wtfWTF? That was an evil ending That ending was too evil That ending was brutal It had me going to goodreads at once and reading the French blurb for book 2 as this is a translation and book 2 has not been published yet I need book 2 now I even thought about reading it in French for a second but then I remembered I only took that beginner's classSo an evil ending if you had not realised that by know A great tale interesting world and I want


  2. says:

    In this book Pierre Pevel flirts boldly with the fantasy of 30 years ago which is to say uite literally knights in shining armor He dangles one of them before us in the prologue a dashing and honorable young man in love with a fair maiden and desiring only to fight for his king only to snatch him away dash his armor and kick him around in a muddy puddle On the other side emerges our protagonist; a hero who often seems like the villainLorn is an intriguing and complicated character whom I loved reading about He is so full of anger and mystery and certainly not your typical hero something that always scores points with me as I'm apt to root for the villains A very original twist to the classic fantasy hero indeedI'm really hoping to see of the different cultures in the next book Okay let's all admit it by cultures I mean Skandish warrior ueens They sound like something right up my alleyThough there is some issues with the translation I feel Pevel has a real talent for writing and could truly pull me in from the first page But that ending? Not cool Pevel Not cool at all And the next book isn't translated from bloody French yet you say? This simply will not do


  3. says:

    The Knight is very impressive stuff and its seuel The Heir which will appear in French in November became a huge asapWhile the story is not that original and the translation a bit iffy especially in the beginning the book works magnificently as it has the right amount of dark stuff and traditional such the main character and a few others are uite interesting the world is fascinating and there are uite a few twists and turns including the endingbelow I include the right blurb as the one on Goodreads is not uite correct and the storyline follows pretty much what is there though I would say that the emphasis for most of it is on Lorn trying to get it right and use the implied regal power to build a power base that is popular but also acceptable to the many poles of power in the kingdom and the world internally there is the ueen regent and her first minister who may or may not be fully on her side the oldest prince who is presumed heir though he is only the ueen's stepson while her natural son and Lorn's friend the dashing but drug addicted Alan is obviously her favorite then the high nobility with its own cabal the lower nobility with its own leaders the city militias etc not to speak of the ailing and isolated but still commanding respect king while externally there are dragons good and bad dracs other countries etcas mentioned a few shocking twists and a very surprising ending that begs the seuel asap; top 25 for the yearCorrected BlurbThe High Kingdom is facing its darkest hour Its King has been weakened by illness and many are discontent with the ueen’s regency As rebellion rumbles throughout the land new threats are massing forces at the realm’s bordersDesperate the King decides to free Lorn who has spent the past 3 years locked away on trumped up charges in the citadel of Dalroth Acting on the advice of a mysterious emissary of the Dragon he dubs Lorn ‘Knight of the Onyx Throne’ making him the upholder of royal authorityLorn accepts the King’s mission but also hunts those responsible for his imprisonment Reinstating the Onyx Guard a once powerful elite force he becomes a new figure of hope for his people But some take a dim view of his growing popularity and influence and they are busy plotting his downfallIf he foils his enemies will he assume the role of champion that the Dragon’s Council of Emissaries have been seeking the one capable of facing the Black Dragon? He must first confront an evil that gnaws at him ever since he was exposed to the Dark at Dalroth which now threatens to overwhelm him


  4. says:

    Firstly I don't like this book nearly as much as I like the Cardinal's Blades series I think that this was a little serious and dark and what I liked about the other series was its almost campy plots and old fashioned feeling I do like dark books with ambiguously moral characters but not uite so much here I really never connected with Lorn at all which is disappointing and hopefully something that changes in the next book and really only liked maybe one or two charactersI also was less than in love with the translation even though it's Pevel's same translator Some of the sentences seemed unduly awkward and there are a few apparent grammar issues Again hopefully that gets better with the next bookAlthough I thought this book had some major flaws it does a good job of creating intrigue and suspense It really isn't easy to figure out everyone's motives and what is going to happen next Plus view spoilercliffhanger ending hide spoiler


  5. says:

    With a theme so attractive and full of potential one would expect at least a mediocre fantasy Instead he gets rather long manual of how not to write a novel Characters and their motivations are so flat and unbelievably naïve you want to laugh or cry The battles and fights lack any type of logic and the same goes for strategies political machinations etc Everything happens just because the writer wishes it No either explanation makes sense The whole story is so full of mystery and new terms that a reader will not understand until he reads a hundred pages full of confusionMoreover the Czech translation is basically the same disaster as the story itself I can only hope that the book is at least readable in other languages


  6. says:

    Originally posted at received this book for reviewing a few months ago but got lost in the pile when I was sorting my books it suddenly popped up and scanning the first page I couldn't stop reading The Knight is a perfect example of how of just how Epic Fantasy has to be This is my first book by Pierre Pevel he has written one series before High Kingdom The Cardinals Blades and this kind of has become a must read for me as well with what Pierre Pevel shows in The Knight This book and the High Kingdom series have been acuired by Gollancz since Pierre Pevel writes in French these books take time to publish since they have to be translated into English But trust me well worth the wait The Knight begins with a prologue taking place a few years before the actual timeline of the story and shows Lorn Askarian doing his thing later when the story skips a few years you find out that Lorn has been imprisoned in the most terrible place the prison of Dalroth where few people survive and even fewer leave and even fewer leave sane There is a Dark presence in this place that corrupts the souls of people Lorn was imprisoned because of his treachery towards the King and High Kingdom But now with new threats appearing at the boarders of the High Kingdom and within the King's own people there is only one person suited to cause a change Lorn Askarian he is absolved from his chargers by the King himself who first imprisoned him Lorn is also granted the most prestigious title of the High Kingdom that of Knight of the Onyx Throne which gives him a lot of free space to act everything he does is in the name of the King but he doesn't have to report to anyone He isn't the left or right hand of the King no he is it he is the King Now that Lorn is given this new title the story only starts Lorn calls back into action the Onyx Guard using this force to uell any threats But dont think that everything is saved with calling back into action the Onyx Guard this is just the beginning as Pierre Pevel also involves some very cleverly constructed political games and intrigue because the wife of the King the ueen has plans of her own Lorn is in for uite a lot and if all these things weren't enough Lorn has demons to battle of his own the Dark that has inflicted him and also one aspect that marks him as a most interesting character he is out for revenge and what he has done so far shows that he is a dangerous character to mess with The story of The Knight is an amazing piece of work I read the English translation and not the original French so I can't say how the translation is but judging solely on the English version Pierre Pevel's writing is solid and will get you excited to read and continue reading until the book is finished The writing style used is something of a lyrical prose Though the storyline is uite heavy Pierre Pevel brings over his story in a very clear and understanding manner not making the story hard to digest but easy to get into and get lost in This is something of a gift that only few authors have Here also comes into play on who Pierre Pevel uses the lay out of the book You could clearly see that The Knight is the first book in a series Pierre Pevel takes enough time to build up the world and the characters within But not giving you one infodump after the other no he triggers you to think about it For example he mentions that with being granted the title of Knight of the Onyx Guard comes great responsibility but it took uite a long time until you found out what it exactly meant It's these kind of triggers that kept me hooked to the pagesAs mentioned the focus in The Knight is on the protagonist Lorn Askarian The prologue left me with a lot of uestions of interest about Lorn and the story in general and then seeing the timeline skip and introducing a prisoner with no name The way that Pierre Pevel showed the imprisoned Lorn and how he was changed was done just perfect Lorn being imprisoned for three years in the depths of Dalroth couldn't stay unchanged and this is precisely what comes to show When he is absolved and set to be released from Dalroth Lorn is skittish and doesn't trust the people who are about to set him free He acts and tries to escape himself and this moment is still lingering in the back of my mind Very emotional and very realistic And this is also the continuation of Lorn's character all throughout the book He knows what he is doing and for what but the Dark has left his mark and he has to fight this demon added to this comes the fact that he wasn't fairly treated and his imprisonment in Dalroth was unjust As I said he wants revenge and that is and will always be a dish best served cold The world that Pierre Pevel starts to show in The Knight is dynamic and just plain cool It is an Epic Fantasy inspired world with magic dragons wyverns and much Normally when these elements feature in a book they are often the focus of the story In The Knight this is a bit different Pierre Pevel uses magic and these creatures to dress his story weaving them in the background cleverly so that they remain just that bit obscure triggering you again to find out about them BUT He also isn't afraid to put them in the spotlight every now and then giving a very heated confrontation with them and showing just how deadly these beings can be These confrontation aren't all aimed at fighting there is also a high factor of intrigue and betrayals in it A most interesting world to say the least I can only slap myself for not having read The Knight sooner It isn't a books that received a lot of attention but which it does deserve I think a lot of people don't know of this book or heard of Pierre Pevel I had the same to be honest slaps self but do trust me that The Knight is a great book It's like somewhat of an underdog book The world that Pierre Pevel shows in The Knight is most interesting and added to this comes a very real character and an unexpected story The Knight ends on something that makes you wish you could pull the French book through google translate The Heir seuel to The Knight has just become one of my anticipated reads for 2015


  7. says:

    After three years imprisoned unjustly in the forbidding citadel of Dalroth Lorn Askarian is recalled by the dying High King who has need of him once Named First Knight of the Realm and charged with reforming the legendary Onyx Guard Lorn essentially holds the fate of the kingdpom in his hands But the Dark he was exposed to at Dalroth for so long has left its mark on him and while some may call him a hero others believe him to be a villain who will plunge the realm into ruinAn intriguing series opener that uickly drew me in The writing doesn't uite seem to flow at times with the dialogue sounding a bit clumsy on occasion but I don't know whether that's to be blamed on the author or the translator Either way this was a rather gripping read now of only the seuels had ever been translated into English Am I really going to have to rely on my very rusty French if I want to find out how the story continues? C'mon people That's a terrible place to end a novel especially if you're not gonna give the reader the opportunity to read the next book


  8. says:

    I really liked this book It had both mystery and extremely flawed characters that were regarded as heroes by some and evil by others It kept me guessing and engagedI do not think it sometimes leaped to conclusions out of nowhere or at least to unannounced action the end specifically but otherwise was well doneThe translation was done well as well it was written in French and translated to English Only downside is the second and third book have yet to be translated that I know of despite being written in 2014 Hopefully it’s translated soon otherwise I may be attempting to learn French again haha


  9. says:

    Once again a great read from Pierre Pevel You are discovering a vast and rich universe bit by bit trying to guess the relations and the past of the different charactersThe story seems to be classical until you read the last few pages of the book which let you in shock and wanting to start the next entryI'm glad to have finish this book when the next in the series are already available because it would have been hard to wait reading in French


  10. says:

    An easy read epic dragons and excellent action but ruined by an omniscient style that tells every detail about everything and everyone rather than shows Book 2 of the series isn't even translated from FrenchFull review on my blog