It’s Krista! It’s been a while, but today, I have a review of Southwind Knights, by B.E. Priest- Books 1-3. These books are small, easy to read novellas – the perfect read for all the busy readers out there. So if you’re looking to fit a book into your busy schedule, but just don’t know how- give these books a chance!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a review of the first three books in the series.
The Southwind Knights series centers around a young boy named Asher. Like many young characters in small towns, Asher is bored with his life and is dreaming of bigger things. Soon after the story begins, he gets his chance to go on an adventure. However, he discovers quickly that the adventurous life isn’t as grand as he believed. In each novella, Asher begins a new quest and without fail, is taught a new lesson about trust, honor, and life.
I have to admit, as I began the first novella, I wasn’t impressed. As Priest was introducing the characters in Southwind, I felt overwhelmed. I felt like I was being asked to connect with two people as the guiding characters in Asher’s story- the Healer and the Knight. The characters in the book all looked to the Knight as the good guy, the hero. However, the way Priest wrote the book made me feel more like the Healer (who the town hated) was the good guy. I was constantly at war with my own feelings toward the characters. It became a distraction (“Why is the Healer good in writing, but bad in the words of the characters?”) and made it hard for me to get into the book.
When I finally learned who Asher’s true “protector” was, I was able to really get into the book. Soon, I couldn’t put it aside. With each new plot twist and betrayal, Asher’s story became more and more intriguing, and I grew more and more interested. The novellas are action-packed stories great for readers who don’t have the time to sit down and read an entire novel.
The books take some dark turns that I make this series more suitable for children over the age of 12- or children mature enough to handle the slaughter of innocent animals. I would also recommend the series to adults looking for a quick, well-paced read. Overall, I give the novels four stars. The writing was great; however there were a few parts that seemed disconnected and choppy. The series was still an excellent read and I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend looking for a good series.
About the Author
Ronny Khuri is a Lebanese-bred, Tennessee-born, New York-educated, San Francisco writer who currently resides in his mind.
Ronny became an avid reader at age 9, when—in order to research the construction of a lightsaber—he was forced to turn to books. Seventy-odd Star Wars novels later, he gave up becoming a Jedi in favor of becoming a Writer.
Growing up, Ronny was also inspired by the likes of Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’Engle, Frank Herbert, J.M. Barrie, Charlie Kaufman, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
In 2009, he earned a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and has spent the subsequent years finishing his homework: a singular piece of fantastical long-fiction that pays homage to his influences and presents a classic story through an original concept.