The Dust of the Red Rose Knight by James Bennett

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Dust of the Red Rose Knight

Author: James Bennett

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Queer MC and characters

Recommended For…: fantasy, retelling, Arthurian retellings, queer romance, historical fiction

Publication Date: in Kickstarter to be publisher

Genre: Fantasy Retelling

Age Relevance: 18+ (sexual content, cursing, violence, gore, romance)

Explanation of Above: There is some romance and sexual content in this book. There is a fair use of cursing in the book. There is some violence and gore in the book as well.

Publisher: BOTH Press

Pages: 120

Synopsis: It befell in the days of Arthur Pendragon that there lived a thief and a lover of men called Tomas, the Red Rose Knight…

When Tomas O’Lincoln, half-fairy and outlaw, learns that knights from Camelot hunt him in the forest, he fears he must pay for his crimes. Desperate for shelter, the Enchantress sends him on a reluctant quest to find his way to the Fortress Impenetrable, deep in the darkling heartwood.

Only behind the high black walls of the Archimago’s castle will Tomas learn a Truth Most Vital and come face-to-face with his destiny… But is it a destiny he wants?

 Bawdy, humorous and magical, The Dust of the Red Rose Knight is a queer Arthurian romance from the acclaimed author of The Ben Garston Novels, in the finest tradition that never was.

Review: I really liked this short read! I thought the book did well to promise what it was: a dyslexia friendly read. I immediately noticed there was a difference in how the words were presented in the book and the spacing in the e-book. The story was quick and fast paced. The story is funny and has a great plot overall.

However, I did feel like the quickness of the book and how short it is didn’t give the characters a chance to fully develop. I also feel like the book could have been a little bit better with the world building.

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend, especially for those who need a bit of a different format to read in.

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