Friday, May 17, 2013

{Review} The Knightmare by Deborah Valentine

File Size: 546 KB
Page Count: 335
Copyright: February 18, 2013

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

France, 1209: A Knight Templar, riding through an eerie forest, is suddenly attacked by an assassin as a man and woman watch from a distant hillside. When his death seems certain, the woman takes up a sword ...

Present, Formula 1 race, Magny Cours: Observed by the very same couple, Conor Westfield, a career-obsessed Scottish driver, is in a horrible racing accident. Miraculously, he survives what seemed to be certain death.

As he is recovering from his injuries in London Conor's childhood nightmare recurs, a strange jumble of terrifying images that feel more like memories than dreams. Can it be mere coincidence that the very next morning he is informed a mysterious woman with whom he had a very brief affair has died and left him as her heir? But this was no ordinary woman and no ordinary affair. Dogged by a niggling feeling of deja vu, Conor travels to Amsterdam to identify the body. At her home he finds an illuminated book that transports him back in time, to a woman he left behind and a life lived in the shadow of tragedy that cries out across 800 years for resolution.

Weaving history with the present, fact with fantasy with brilliant assurance, The Knightmare is an unforgettable story of angels and alchemy, betrayal and sacrifice, and a truly extraordinary love.

Mandy's Review:

Reincarnation: The ability to live your life over and over again in different times and bodies until you get "it" right. What the "it" is depends on each person and their life. Many people believe in reincarnation as part of their spiritual beliefs or religion. If that's something you believe in, well, I don't really agree with you but I respect your beliefs. It is an interesting idea to think we have multiple opportunities to live our lives until we finally succeed at whatever it is our mission (for lack of a better term) is. The Knightmare is based upon this premise.

Conor's nightmares are actually memories that he's forgotten. Often times he remembers nothing upon waking, other than he has a fear of bodies of water. When he meets Mercedes, he feels an instant connection with her. Is it because she's so personable? So friendly? So willing to help him overcome his nightmares and fears? Or is she someone from his past lives that he has known? They only spend one night together in the present day, but it is enough for them both to be sure they are destined to be together ... too bad her death mucks things up. Despite the connection, Conor is shocked when he realizes Mercedes has left everything to him in her will.

As Conor tries to help the police solves Mercedes strange death, he takes a trip back into time ... literally ... through his dreams. He experiences the first time he and Mercedes ever met and came to know one another. How many times will they have to live their lives until they're finally able to be together fully?

The Knightmare is definitely an intriguing take on reincarnation and time travel. It had a slightly slow start, but not enough of one to make me stop reading this book. Once it got going, I kept turning the pages to see what would happen next. While it's not one of my absolutely favorite books, it does rank high enough that I will probably read it again in the future.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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