Title: The Knightmare
Author: Deborah Valentine
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Time Travel, Romance, Historical
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About the Book:
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 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 déjà 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 a 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.
Reincarnation: a philosophical or religious belief that asserts the soul of the deceased may come to life in another form that is dependent on their moral character in the most recent life. Most simply, you are reincarnated for a second chance to get things right, or to do better in your life. As the fundamental tether that binds this story of past and present, Conor has done it all right but for one thing: he never found love.
Through a traumatic injury, a mysterious death and an illuminated manuscript Conor finds his dreams come to life as he travels back in time to have another chance to reconnect with his soul mate.
Beautiful prose bring this unique premise to life, Valentine manages to craft a story rich in history and description that ignites curiosity and entertains from beginning to end. Mixing past and present, dream sequence and reality all manage to bring Conor’s character and personality forward: strong, honorable, honest and confident his only sticking point is a fear of love. So many of the qualities that have been ascribed to the Templar Knights are apparent in Conor, but more than that his determination to solve the mysteries that flood into his conscience have made him a hero that was easy to appreciate and like.
While it started a touch slowly, this story quickly picks up in pace and reaches in to tug at your imagination and heartstrings. Getting a chance for a do-over is such an intriguing premise, adding in a romance, historical and fantastical imaginings make this a book that was both an enjoyable and memorable read.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Deborah Valentine’s latest book is The Knightmare and is available on Kindle. Her first series of novels, Unothodox Methods, A Collector of Photographs and Fine Distinctions, were published by Victor Gollancz in the UK and were also published in the US. A Collector of Photographs was short-listed for an Edgar Allen Poe, Macavity, Anthony Boucher and Shamus Award. Fine Distinctions was also short-listed for an Edgar. They follow the turbulent relationship of ex-policeman Kevin Bryce and his sculptress partner, Katharine Craig, against a backdrop of mystery and mayhem. In July 2013 they will be available as part of Orion’s digital imprint The Murder Room.
She edited a number of niche-market magazines and has a special interest in history, particularly medieval history. She has worked with a number of distinguished academics on historical articles, some of which are now part of the catalogue of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford.
With the publication of The Knightmare, she is working on a new series of novels that are a blend of fact and fantasy, history and the present with a bit of thwarted romance on the side, combining all the ingredients she loves best in a story.