Thursday, May 11, 2023

The Return of the Knights Review Spotlight

Welcome to the blog tour for The Return of the Knights by Gregory Kontaxis! Lovers of fantasy novels!!! This book is for you!! Read on for more details! 

The Return of the Knights is THAT BOOK of 2023. Okay, okay. It's ONE of those books for 2023. If there is a fantasy novel that you read this year, this should be one of them. Prepare to be gripped from page one and kept eagerly page-turning to the very end. Gregory Kontaxis will sweep you away into a world torn apart by war, danger all around, dynamic characters, and a storyline that will keep you coming back for more. 

The Return of the Knights begins the story with a general on the battlefield. He knows that the fight ahead of him is one that he will not win. However, he refuses to simply yield the battle to the man coming to destroy the kingdom and establish himself as the new king. This usurper - the crown is something he has dreamed of for 17 years, and the time has come for him to steamroll his way across the land, crushing any and all under his heel who dare to stand against him. He won't stop until he sits on the throne. 

Kontaxis will pull you to the edge of your seat with the details of the battles these characters embroiled. Tragedy is a constant with lives being lost at every turn. Men give their lives so that their fellow soldiers, generals, and families can have a chance, no matter how slim, to escape or at least try to. 

The story shifts from character to character, but don't settle in on one because it won't be long before you are shifted on to another. The story is told in the third person, but a young man named Elliot will be this story's primary focus.

Elliot is something else! He's been trained by one of the best, and his skill with a sword is absolutely superb! You'd almost think him invincible, but he is only human. However, there is more to him than meets the eye. The author is going to plant little secrets throughout this book. Grab each secret that is exposed and gather it. Put it in a pile, and keep hold of it. The author is piecing together a puzzle that will gradually reveal itself. Don't rush to guess the image that is coming to light. What you are seeing may or may not be completely true. 

The Return of the Knights is Gregory Kontaxis's DEBUT NOVEL! I refuse to believe it. LOL! I just can't! This book is too good!!! The attention to detail without going overboard, the drama, the tension, and the backstory scattered throughout! OMG! This book is nearly sheer perfection! This author grabbed me from the beginning when he dropped me in the middle of a war. Not the BEGINNING of one, but one that has been ongoing! My jaw was on the floor!

Page after page this author pulled me to the edge of my seat. You will find these pages packed with drama, war, the threat of assassins, danger at every turn, secrets, lies, and an ending that will have you thinking "When is book two coming?!" Well since book one JUST's safe to say we're going to have to settle down, settle in and stalk the author for updates. LOL! I'm already all over it. The "stalking" in an acceptable way. LOL! 

This book merits the top 10 of 2023 status for me. When you grab this book, clear your schedule, because when you start reading it you're not going to want to put it down. The characters will demand your attention, and the storyline will say that you're not going anywhere until you turn the last page. This epic fantasy is a must read for all who enjoy a good fantasy novel. I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens next.

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to the author, Gregory Kontaxis, and Escapist Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book! I can't wait for what comes next! 

Be sure to keep reading for details about the book, and be sure to check out my fellow bloggers and bookstagrammers as they share their thoughts and spotlights on this amazing novel! 

The Return of the Knights by Gregory Kontaxis
Series: The Dance of Light
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 408
Published: May 9, 2023
Publisher: GK Publishing (Self Published)

Content/Trigger Warnings:

Shown on Page (things clearly told to the reader): 

  • Gratuitous violence

  • Suicide

  • Gore

  • Child murder

  • Torture

  • Infidelity

  • Sexism

Alluded to (things only mentioned in passing or hinted at):

  • Racism

  • Rape

Book Blurb:

The Palace of the Dawn will soon be stormed. The most ruthless man of all time is one step away from assailing on Iovbridge and dethroning Sophie Delamere. The Queen of Knightdorn is now alone, with neither allies nor an army capable of rebuffing the enemy which is approaching her city. Everything appears to be over, until a mysterious young man, Elliot, makes his appearance.

Entangled in a web of lies and politics, Elliot will try to draw Walter away from Iovbridge and face him in the stronghold of Wirskworth. He will attempt to rekindle relations and revive the old alliance between the Queen of Knightdorn and Syrella Endor, the Governor of Wirskworth. Elliot’s mission will take every fibre of his will and if he fails, so shall the kingdom.

Game Of Thrones meets Greek mythology in this explosive epic fantasy story, packed with war, medieval lore, magic, loyalty and bravery. The first book in the series, The Dance of Light, will take you on an epic journey to a fantasy world of men and mythical creatures which will keep you spellbound till the very end.

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                                                Author Bio & Information:

 Gregory Kontaxis was born on 17th December 1989 in Athens. He studied Informatics and Finance in Greece and the United Kingdom and he has worked as a Financial Analyst in Vienna and London. He currently resides in London, where he is occupied with investment risk management and writing. The Return of the Knights is the first book of his planned pentalogy, The Dance of Light.

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