Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
Published by Random House
Denizen Hardwick is about to turn thirteen years of age. He has lived at Crosscaper Orphanage since he was two years old. Suddenly he receives a message from Director Ackerby that his long lost Aunt has requested that he come live with her as she had only discovered he was alive and where he was living.
Denizen does not know what to make of this revelation but acquiesces to the Directors instructions and makes himself ready. He was keen to discover what his Aunt knew about his parents as he only had a hazy memory, a dream really, of his Mother. In his dream she was a small woman like him, though it was hard to tell because he was looking up at her. Her arms were round him, she smelled of strawberries and her song……something about the dark.
When the car arrived to collect Denizen he was disappointed it was not his Aunt but a driver who was taking him to his Aunts place a short drive away where he would then meet with her. After a short goodbye from the Director, Denizen was on his way away from Crosscaper Orphanage to an anticipated better life with his Aunt. He was no wiser what had happened to his parents or knowing which side of the family his Aunt was from. Was it his Fathers or his Mothers?
Unbeknown to Denizen he has been born into a life of Knights, evil beings, The Endless King and wars between worlds of dark and light. Unbeknown to Denizen this is the world he is being taken to by the driver, the world where his Aunt is a Malleus Knight and where he will have to make a choice if he will join and learn to become a Knight also.
I particularly enjoyed phrases like “The request hung in the air, slowly starving to death.” “His dark eyes flicked over the office before settling on Ackerby like flies.” and “His head twitched to the side like a snake preparing to strike.”
Knights of the Borrowed Dark book is the first in a series. I look forward to reading the next book “The Forever Court” of which there is a sneak preview at the end of this book.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Dave Rudden
Title: Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Publisher: Random House
Published: August 2016