The Dead Knight’s Speech by Jeffrey Bardwell
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At a time when the mere rumor of magic has imperial citizens peering through windows and a mage-detector hanging in every living room, Kelsa’s mother is a suspected mage. Only the towering reputation of Kelsa’s beloved G’fa, Sir Corbin, holds the wolves at bay. Then he dies while writing a speech.
Kelsa must travel to the capitol magically disguised as Sir Corbin and attend a ceremony in his honor. She dances between her grandfather’s scheming old friend and bitter ex lover to grab his pension. A life outside the empire is within her grasp, but tragedy strikes when she delivers the dead knight’s speech.
Hiding behind Sir Corbin’s face, Kelsa not only uncovers a conspiracy to exterminate the mages, but must break through a web of deadly intrigues and romantic entanglements to discover whether she is the same courageous person inside she pretends on the outside. Join the Metal vs. Magic series, a fantasy where underdogs can still etch their mark on history and heroes are more than fairy tales.
Very well written. The world has turned against the mages, putting her mother in danger. Her grandfather, possibly the only person who can keep her mother safe, has died unexpectedly. With a spell placed on the ring he always wore around his neck, Kelsa takes on more than just his looks, she becomes her grandfather. Taking his place at a ceremony honoring him sounds easy enough, until she discovers he wasn’t always completely honest with her about his past.
Characters that draw you in and make you feel, descriptive writing that draws a picture for you and suspense at every turn made this an awesome read! Political shenanigans abound, secrets and heartaches swirl through magic and military decorum. There are some sex scenes but they are tastefully done.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I’m giving this one 4.5 hearts!