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
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
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.