Book Review: Children of the Knight by: Michael J. Bowler

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Publication Date: June 20, 2013

Origins:  From Tribute Books Blog Tours for Review

Book Links:  Amazon Paperback / Kindle

Synopsis: According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?

This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.

With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight––where even gay boys and gangsters work side by side. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.

Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.

The Knight Cycle begins . . .

Author Bio: Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels - A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight - who grew up in San Rafael, California.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy - Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead. Both will likely be released in 2014.

Review: King Arthur has returned…younger, with all of his weapons necessary for his triumph, and his horse. Not to England, but to L.A. where he finds a disturbing amount of unwanted and unloved children calling out for a chance. Arthur draws these children to him and any child who heeds his call is welcome. Lance Sepulveda is Arthur’s First Knight and together they train these children to become an army. Through the training the kids learn their own worth and gain a sense of hope for their futures. King Arthur pits himself against the greedy, the rich, the abusers, the pushers, and those who have turned a blind eye to the suffering of these children. Whether King Arthur and his knights succeed or fail, they will have made an everlasting impact on the denizens of Los Angeles.

CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT is a clever story - a vehicle to bring the plight of modern children to light in a way that will both entertain and teach. While it would have been interesting to learn how exactly it was King Arthur arrived in this time and in L.A., CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT is primarily about the child-knights in training he has taken under his wing. About them and the hardships and discrimination they face and the system which has done little to protect or encourage them. CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT harnesses a powerful message and puts it in a format to which most can relate.

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