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Power always wins. Imagine Camelot but in Gotham: a city where knights are the celebrities of the day, riding on motorbikes instead of horses and competing in televised fights for fame and money. Imagine a city where a young, magic-touched bastard astonishes everyone by becoming king - albeit with extreme reluctance - and a girl with a secret past trains to become a knight f Power always wins. Imagine Camelot but in Gotham: a city where knights are the celebrities of the day, riding on motorbikes instead of horses and competing in televised fights for fame and money. Imagine a city where a young, magic-touched bastard astonishes everyone by becoming king - albeit with extreme reluctance - and a girl with a secret past trains to become a knight for the sole purpose of vengeance. Imagine a city where magic is illegal but everywhere, in its underground bars, its back-alley soothsayers - and in the people who have to hide what they are for fear of being tattooed and persecuted. Imagine a city where electricity is money, power the only game worth playing, and violence the most fervently worshipped religion. Welcome to a dark, chaotic, alluring place with a tumultuous history, where dreams come true if you want them hard enough - and are prepared to do some very, very bad things to get them . . . "A riveting tragedy of blood and desire - and the coolest thing you'll read this year" ― Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree "The boldest, smartest, most adventurous fantasy I've read in ages - and it's really f**ing fun" ― Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts "Arthurian legend meets urban fantasy in a brilliant, bloody wild ride" ― Jay Kristoff, No.1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author


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Power always wins. Imagine Camelot but in Gotham: a city where knights are the celebrities of the day, riding on motorbikes instead of horses and competing in televised fights for fame and money. Imagine a city where a young, magic-touched bastard astonishes everyone by becoming king - albeit with extreme reluctance - and a girl with a secret past trains to become a knight f Power always wins. Imagine Camelot but in Gotham: a city where knights are the celebrities of the day, riding on motorbikes instead of horses and competing in televised fights for fame and money. Imagine a city where a young, magic-touched bastard astonishes everyone by becoming king - albeit with extreme reluctance - and a girl with a secret past trains to become a knight for the sole purpose of vengeance. Imagine a city where magic is illegal but everywhere, in its underground bars, its back-alley soothsayers - and in the people who have to hide what they are for fear of being tattooed and persecuted. Imagine a city where electricity is money, power the only game worth playing, and violence the most fervently worshipped religion. Welcome to a dark, chaotic, alluring place with a tumultuous history, where dreams come true if you want them hard enough - and are prepared to do some very, very bad things to get them . . . "A riveting tragedy of blood and desire - and the coolest thing you'll read this year" ― Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree "The boldest, smartest, most adventurous fantasy I've read in ages - and it's really f**ing fun" ― Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts "Arthurian legend meets urban fantasy in a brilliant, bloody wild ride" ― Jay Kristoff, No.1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author

30 review for Blackheart Knights

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    reasons to read this book: - it's QUEER - it's an Arthurian retelling - it's an Arthurian retelling with a TWIST (see: gritty modern retelling, motorbike gangs ft. sword-wielding, leather-clad badasses, etc) - did I say it's QUEER - it's by British author Laure Eve, writer of beautiful prose reasons to read this book: - it's QUEER - it's an Arthurian retelling - it's an Arthurian retelling with a TWIST (see: gritty modern retelling, motorbike gangs ft. sword-wielding, leather-clad badasses, etc) - did I say it's QUEER - it's by British author Laure Eve, writer of beautiful prose

  2. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: sapphic mc, bi, gay & nonbinary side characters CWs: violence Galley provided by publisher Blackheart Knights is a book that I’ve been highly anticipating ever since I heard about it. You know those books where the concept alone is just immaculate, but then you open them and everything else about them is immaculate too? This was one of those for me. The book follows two different timelines: Art, years in the past, who is about to be named king, and Red, just a few months before t On my blog. Rep: sapphic mc, bi, gay & nonbinary side characters CWs: violence Galley provided by publisher Blackheart Knights is a book that I’ve been highly anticipating ever since I heard about it. You know those books where the concept alone is just immaculate, but then you open them and everything else about them is immaculate too? This was one of those for me. The book follows two different timelines: Art, years in the past, who is about to be named king, and Red, just a few months before the present day. Both of which are steadily converging on a single point, although for a long time it’s not clear just what that is. It’s the kind of book you just have to immerse yourself in and let it carry you to its conclusion. Because that’s probably the best thing about this book, the way it draws you in and keeps you hooked. You don’t know — and you won’t know for a long while — how the two stories link together (although you may have guesses, given who the characters are supposed to be), but the story does an excellent job of keeping you engaged, by giving you a world that you can all but feel. It’s also helped by the fact that the characters are all great. You can’t help but love them from the start, even as you know they’re heading towards tragedy. Actually, a great strength of this book is that it makes you believe that maybe things will work out. Maybe this won’t be the normal Arthurian tale. Or that could just be me and my vain hopes. As such, the ending took me completely by surprise (yeah, okay, it shouldn’t have really). It’s the kind you read with slowly growing horror (in a good way), as everything falls down around you, and tears start streaming down your face, because you know what’s coming, finally. But, like I said, that’s probably one of the best parts of the book: I knew where it was going, really, if I thought about it, but I still maintained the hopes it wouldn’t go that way. And, honestly, I think my original review summed up this book quite well. Basically just ………..fuck.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Shannon

    I won't say a lot about this yet as it's still so early, but trust me when I say that it's as brilliant as it sounds. I won't say a lot about this yet as it's still so early, but trust me when I say that it's as brilliant as it sounds.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    I had really high hopes for this book – I love a good retelling that’s set in a completely different setting to its original one, and when I found out it has a sapphic lead and queer side characters, I was even more excited! The book follows two perspectives – Red who is hiding her illegal magic and is desperate to become a knight so that she can get vengeance for something that happened in her past, and Art whose father is killed and so, reluctantly, he has to enter a champion into a caballeria I had really high hopes for this book – I love a good retelling that’s set in a completely different setting to its original one, and when I found out it has a sapphic lead and queer side characters, I was even more excited! The book follows two perspectives – Red who is hiding her illegal magic and is desperate to become a knight so that she can get vengeance for something that happened in her past, and Art whose father is killed and so, reluctantly, he has to enter a champion into a caballeria fight that will determine who will become the next ruler of the city. At first I really enjoyed my time reading the book – despite it being a tad infodumpy at times, I love a good training montage bit in a book, so I loved seeing Red slowly but surely making her way through her knight training, as well as seeing Art reluctantly letting his best friend, Garad, fight for him in the caballeria (a sort of fight between knights) to determine who will become the next king, though Art wants anything but that. I found both of their characters to be so interesting, and Art’s quietness really contrasted with Red’s strength well. I also enjoyed the friendships and relationships that they were beginning to cultivate at the start of the book, but despite Laure Eve’s intriguing writing (I loved the unique language used throughout that was woven with snippets of French, Spanish and German), I really felt let down by what the book promised. I think by going through the synopsis above I might be able to give you the best idea of what disappointed me the most. As for the knights in this world being celebrities – I guess I can see where that is coming from. The caballeria fights are broadcast on the glow networks to the whole kingdom, and people do enjoy watching the bouts, but to say that they are fighting for fame and money is completely wrong. I was looking forward to seeing preening knights who were the centre of attention, but these fights are more similar to the forms of justice seen in Medieval Europe where, when a claim arises (for a crime or something of the like), the defendant and the opposing party each have a knight fighting on their behalf, but the knight knows nothing of the issue at hand and must fight their best regardless, and so whichever knight wins, that person wins the disagreement. And despite this being a really interesting bit of worldbuilding, I just felt like it wasn’t really what was advertised at all. In fact, none of the knights that we came across in the book acted like pompous celebrities at all, and I think there was maybe only one or two motorbikes used in the whole book! As for the ‘young magic-touched bastard’ you may think that he is the one with the magic, but no. His father, the king-in-the-ground Uther, slept with godschild under shady circumstances, but Art has no magical abilities of his own at all – in fact it seems he kind of hates all godschildren in general. And again, because of this synopsis, I felt like there was going to be some sort of reveal where, actually, he does have magic, but that never happened. As a wee bit of a digression, there was so much hinting to Art being either gay or on the asexual or aromantic spectrum throughout the book, but it was never developed upon and felt like a huge cop-out. The next paragraph, again, is misleading – yes the magic is illegal but it is still very much present throughout the whole world. It was so easy for Red and her friends to find a soothsayer, and two of the most well known caballeria knights were godschildren who faced practically no persecution for their magic. The penultimate paragraph all about electricity being a currency really just links to my feeling that the world in general was underdeveloped. It’s clear that Laure Eve has put a lot of work into creating this sprawling parallel-universe London, but everything about it felt like I was missing so much information. Electricity as money sounds so interesting but we never got any information on how it worked at all. We did get some information about how London was split into different areas each ‘ruled over’ by a different person, but apart from small mentions of the mysterious ‘north’ we never got any information about the rest of England never mind the rest of the world. But what was the most frustrating was the plot. It went absolutely nowhere. We don’t get to find out what Red is trying to get revenge for until the very end of the book, though this is definitely understandable and I didn’t expect to get it until right at the end. But when it is revealed to us, you’re told outright what it is and there aren’t any good enough clues throughout for it to all click and make you go “ahhh why didn’t I see this coming!!” when you finally figure it out. It just fell so, so flat. There were also countless interesting side characters that I thought would play a much bigger part in the story but they were just dropped and forgotten about *cough* Red’s fellow knights that she went through training with *cough*. And the second half of the book was just so boring plot-wise compared to the first that I really lost interest and kept reading only to find out what would happen at the end. I really think this book could have been split into two books to fully develop on everything, because I really feel like it could’ve been a new favourite if that were the case. Despite this book being a wee bit of a letdown, there definitely is some merit to it – the angle of the retelling is really interesting and I think it will really intrigue other readers who love a good Arthuriana retelling, and the queer rep throughout was really wonderful, but I can’t help but feel underwhelmed at what we did get aside from those. Thanks to Netgalley and Jo Fletcher Books for the eARC in return for an honest review! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠

    knights with swords in a city RIDING MOTORCYCLES???

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laure Eve

    I mean if I don't think it's pretty good, who will I mean if I don't think it's pretty good, who will

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carola

    Thank you Jo Fletcher Books and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others. I just finished reading Blackheart Knight. I am not a King Arthur fan but the description of this book sounded really good so I decided to give it a try and see if I would like it. The world building was something I found interesting and well build. The writer took her time to describe it well. The characters were unfortunately flat in my opinion, Thank you Jo Fletcher Books and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others. I just finished reading Blackheart Knight. I am not a King Arthur fan but the description of this book sounded really good so I decided to give it a try and see if I would like it. The world building was something I found interesting and well build. The writer took her time to describe it well. The characters were unfortunately flat in my opinion, I couldn’t connect with them fully. Even though this book was written from both point of views, I didn't get to know Art and Red really well. The story didn’t make sense for most part; many things were not explained through to the story but just told at the end. Beside that I found it for the most part boring to be honest and long winded and it’s not because of the writing style, because I liked that. This book however was not somehing I enjoyed reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Jo Fletcher Books* It’s London, but not as we know it. This is a London that has knights that ride on motorbikes and fight in arenas to end disputes. This London has citizens with illegal magic and a reluctant young king. This is a London with a young woman willing to do anything to become a knight in order to get revenge. Welcome to the London of the Blackheart Knights. Going into this novel, I wasn’t sure how much I would en *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Jo Fletcher Books* It’s London, but not as we know it. This is a London that has knights that ride on motorbikes and fight in arenas to end disputes. This London has citizens with illegal magic and a reluctant young king. This is a London with a young woman willing to do anything to become a knight in order to get revenge. Welcome to the London of the Blackheart Knights. Going into this novel, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it as I had mixed feelings about another book I’ve read by the same author. However, I liked the premise and so decided to give it a chance. Art and Red were both interesting protagonists who were similar in some ways but also very different. I liked finding out more about them, but I’m left feeling that I still don’t know Art very well, despite half the book being about him. I also don’t feel that I fully connected with either of them. The setting was interesting but there could have been more focus on world-building as I’m left with a lot of questions about the world of Blackheart Knights. For example, I would have liked a bit more detail about how Art ruled day-to-day and how the bikes worked. I liked the idea of knights on motorbikes going around fighting as representatives for other people, and I thought the magic was interesting. The theme of power was interesting, as was seeing how far Red was willing to go to get her revenge. The plot was mixed for me. I did enjoy it, but I also got a bit bored once or twice towards the end of the book. There were some things I saw coming, but also some that I didn’t. It took a while for me to get into the book, which I think was mostly to do with the writing style, which was not one of my favourites. I really liked the premise for the novel, but for me, it didn’t quite live up to its potential. However, I can see a lot of other people loving this. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rach_Reads

    Thanks to Netgalley and Jo Fletcher Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I really enjoyed Blackheart Knights. Its my first Laure Eve novel and I really enjoyed her prose. The world building was great, I do expect a Londoner to have a cool take on London, but nethertheless Eve delivers. In this alternate London, the city is divided into seven sectors and each district's ruling family has the right to have a champion fight for the throne whenever the old monarch passes. Enter our Arthur, kn Thanks to Netgalley and Jo Fletcher Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I really enjoyed Blackheart Knights. Its my first Laure Eve novel and I really enjoyed her prose. The world building was great, I do expect a Londoner to have a cool take on London, but nethertheless Eve delivers. In this alternate London, the city is divided into seven sectors and each district's ruling family has the right to have a champion fight for the throne whenever the old monarch passes. Enter our Arthur, known as Art, who has grown up isolated away from Palace life, but now finds himself his family's heir. We also follow a second timeline, set years later, seeing Red take on knight's training. This world has some technology, including motorbikes and guns, but access to technology is restricted and expensive. It feels almost modern but gritty and run down. However, there is also magic but it's a crime to use it. Only a few are born with it and those without it are scared of the potential of that power. Both Red and Art are interesting and complex characters. I enjoyed following their plots and seeing how the interweaving tinelines linked together. The casual bisexuality of basically all main and side characters was very refreshing too. However the big twists were a bit too heavily breadcrumbed in so didn't take me by surprise, and the ending was good until the very end which left me looking for the next page expecting something a bit more dramatic and final. Maybe this is the start of a series and I just didn't realise. Overall, an enjoyable and fun read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    patri

    my rating 3.5/5 ⭐ an attention-grabbing twist on the Arthurian tradition, blackheart knights takes you to an alternate-universe London of tough-as-nails trials and avant-garde technology, tail-gaiting between the timelines of antipathetic Art and avengement-geared Red. adrenaline-charged and always kinetic, blackheart knights brims with kenspeckle characters, cyberpunk-ish aesthetics, keen-bean companions to kings-in-training, a cabal of celebrity knights to get a kick out of, and a canny amount my rating 3.5/5 ⭐ an attention-grabbing twist on the Arthurian tradition, blackheart knights takes you to an alternate-universe London of tough-as-nails trials and avant-garde technology, tail-gaiting between the timelines of antipathetic Art and avengement-geared Red. adrenaline-charged and always kinetic, blackheart knights brims with kenspeckle characters, cyberpunk-ish aesthetics, keen-bean companions to kings-in-training, a cabal of celebrity knights to get a kick out of, and a canny amount of backstabbing in the knife-edged contest for the collaring of the crown. metamorphosing a fairly far-flung fancy into a fine-spun, futuristic salute to the signature stars of the lore to reframe a lasting legend with lordly fracas, a fresh form of monetary means and lust-worthy futuristic motorbikes, Eve scripts fight sequences with finesse and shoves the lid off blackheart knights' final secrets with a flourish in the rollicking roll towards the story's finale. thank you to netgalley and quercus books/jo fletcher books for kindly passing on this arc! 💫

  11. 5 out of 5

    İdil

    I hadn’t heard of this book before getting the E-ARC from the publisher, but after reading the synopsis in the e-mail it piqued my interest greatly. This book has a very strong premise. It’s a mash-up of Arthurian legend with a high concept cyberpunk/metalpunk world in which Art, reluctant royal, has to fight in a tournament in order not to win the crown and Red, novice knight and godschild with a hidden agenda. The oscillating narrative that spans two different timelines took me some work to fo I hadn’t heard of this book before getting the E-ARC from the publisher, but after reading the synopsis in the e-mail it piqued my interest greatly. This book has a very strong premise. It’s a mash-up of Arthurian legend with a high concept cyberpunk/metalpunk world in which Art, reluctant royal, has to fight in a tournament in order not to win the crown and Red, novice knight and godschild with a hidden agenda. The oscillating narrative that spans two different timelines took me some work to follow, Laure Eve treats each scene as its own magic trick which makes for overall an entertaining read. Many thanks to Quercus Books for providing an E-ARC of Blackheart Knight for review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elly Call

    I wasn’t always totally on board with her writing style and the beginning was a little rocky but FCK ME UP KNIGHTS ON BIKES!!!!!! Eve had me by the throat, this was a phenomenal story, an exhilarating ride, and now I’ve been kicked back into the fantasy genre. Holy hell I loved this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I’m really not that big on all these retellings, but holy crap, this one looks so amazing 😵‍💫😵‍💫 Review: This is a super-original book, presenting a high-tech spin on Arthurian legends. While it takes quite a long time for the plot to get going, there’s some good character development here. It did take too long for Red’s motivations to make sense to me, but nevertheless, the ending redeemed a lot of the flaws. Apparently, this is going to be a duology, so I’ll be on the lookout for book 2.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    gritty non-medieval knights are pretty much the fastest way to my heart, honestly

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sen

    It always begins with desire. It is our fuel. It is our fire. — Quote from the Caballaria Code dnf @ 59% I'm honestly bummed that I didn't end up loving this one. I jumped on ordering Blackheart Knights so fast when it was released. I mean - knights on motorbikes (that cover!)? competing to the death in arenas for the viewing pleasure of the masses?? in a dystopian London reminiscent of Gotham city?? and it's queer??? I just really wanted this book to be THE ONE - that amazing creative reimagi It always begins with desire. It is our fuel. It is our fire. — Quote from the Caballaria Code dnf @ 59% I'm honestly bummed that I didn't end up loving this one. I jumped on ordering Blackheart Knights so fast when it was released. I mean - knights on motorbikes (that cover!)? competing to the death in arenas for the viewing pleasure of the masses?? in a dystopian London reminiscent of Gotham city?? and it's queer??? I just really wanted this book to be THE ONE - that amazing creative reimagining of those Arthurian legends I love that I've been searching forever for and this just...wasn't it. Unfortunately, Blackheart Knights had an AMAZING premise but didn't deliver on the execution. The book consists of two separate timelines told side by side and keeps us in anticipation about how these two different stories converge. One focuses on Red, a young woman who wants to become a knight for vengeful purposes and the other on Art, an unexpected heir to the throne. I definitely enjoyed the beginning chapters the most. The one where Garad fights as Art's champion in a tournament to determine the ruler of the city was a fave and captured the feels I thought I was gonna catch with the rest of the book (even though each of those fights lasted only a couple of sentences 😩). I read a review somewhere saying that the caballaria fights were such an exciting concept that were underutilized and had so much potential for incredibly emotional duels that was wasted. I couldn't agree more. I loved the casual queerness of this dark, gritty world but the worldbuilding in general was a bit info-dumpy and didn't do a good job of setting up the atmosphere. And so what's left is a very character-driven story built on characters that I didn't really care about. Art and Red felt very bland and cookie-cutter with predictable character arcs. There's also just something about the writing that doesn't appeal to me. It's all very...dry and detached? This was probably a big reason why I never felt invested in any of the characters sadly. (view spoiler)[Might've accidentally guessed right in the beginning how the twist/ending was gonna play out just based on our two main characters' names (Art = Arthur, Red = MordRED). Skipped ahead to the last few chapters which confirmed my suspicions and the way it was delivered and built up all ended up feeling a bit melodramatic imo (hide spoiler)] Blackheart Knights didn't keep me engaged but still give it a try if the premise sounds even a little intriguing. It deserves credit just for its sheer inventiveness and unique interpretation of the story of King Arthur. — Representation: sapphic mc, multiple queer side characters

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Quercus Books/Jo Fletcher Books for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Blackheart Knights’ by Laure Eve in exchange for an honest review. The striking cover image of a knight in full armour astride a motorcycle against the backdrop of a modern city encapsulates the content of this urban fantasy, which is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his knights. The author had described it as Camelot meets Gotham. I will admit that I was a bit wary of this novel as I prefer my Arthurian retell My thanks to Quercus Books/Jo Fletcher Books for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Blackheart Knights’ by Laure Eve in exchange for an honest review. The striking cover image of a knight in full armour astride a motorcycle against the backdrop of a modern city encapsulates the content of this urban fantasy, which is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his knights. The author had described it as Camelot meets Gotham. I will admit that I was a bit wary of this novel as I prefer my Arthurian retellings within a more traditional setting with forests, castles, lakes with ladies lurking under the waters, magical swords, horses, dragons, enchantresses and of course wizards. However, Laure Eve’s vision quickly won me over. In it magic is illegal yet exists everywhere in a vibrant underground culture. The narrative follows two timelines. The first begins nineteen years ago as seventeen-year-old Artorias (Art) Dracones learns of the unexpected death of his father, Uther Dracones. So Art reluctantly becomes King of the Seven Kingdoms. It is a world full of violence and political machinations that Art must navigate if he is to survive. The second timeline begins a year before the novel’s present and follows a young woman known only as Red, who is determined to become a Caballaria Knight. To do so she challenges the infamous Sorcerer Knight though during their bout it is obvious that she is a godchild, a being with magic, which is illegal. Rather than have her arrested the Sorcerer Knight arranges for her to enter the punishing training programme. These two timelines tick down to the present. No further details to avoid spoilers; even though those familiar with the Arthurian legends may have some ideas about its direction. I tried to put aside expectations and just allowed myself to be swept up by Eve’s rich reimagining. I felt that her plotting was excellent and that despite the move into an urban environment, the essence of the Arthuriad continued. I also thought that Eve crafted her characters well. I felt empathy for both Art and Red, each seemed so alone yet for different reasons. Overall, I felt that ‘Blackheart Knights’ was a powerful and moving urban fantasy that I found myself completely immersed in. I had enjoyed both of Laure Eve’s ‘Graces’ YA novels and was extremely pleased to read on her website that ‘Blackheart Knights’ is a duology. Count me in! Highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jayna

    My rating: 4 stars. A unique concept, exciting characters and a twist at the end that has you looking for the next book’s release date. Thank you to the Author, Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book in exchange for my honest review. A steampunk, fantasy combo with forbidden magic, political intrigue and revving motorbikes. Throw in a bit of smut and violence and you have an intriguing first instalment. An illegitimate heir to the monarchy is thrown into a life he neve My rating: 4 stars. A unique concept, exciting characters and a twist at the end that has you looking for the next book’s release date. Thank you to the Author, Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book in exchange for my honest review. A steampunk, fantasy combo with forbidden magic, political intrigue and revving motorbikes. Throw in a bit of smut and violence and you have an intriguing first instalment. An illegitimate heir to the monarchy is thrown into a life he never expected. A group of friends work together to provide support and advice while navigating the very real dangers of the political landscape. A street kid grows into a woman with incredible powers who is out for revenge. A ward who owes everything to his benefactor struggles with his own powers and emotions and will be forced to make serious decisions which could very well lead to love and very likely death. What more can a reader want? The story is written with a non-linear timeline i.e., back in forth in time finishing at current day. I’m not usually a fan of this style of writing as I find its rarely done in a way that flows and is easy to follow for the reader. In this instance, I had no issue remembering important details and I think it added depth and suspense to the storytelling. However, if you have a particular aversion to this style of writing you may not enjoy this book as much. Plenty of well thought out main characters, each with enough depth to be relatable. The struggles of unwanted or unexpected responsibilities whilst navigating our baser emotions of anger, lust and loneliness. I look forward to learning more about the support characters in the next book as many were hinted to have personalities and histories of their own that would be worth delving into. World building was beautifully written. I felt it was quite subtle at times but found the images running through my mind as I read. Overall, a big thumbs up from me. I am eagerly anticipating the next instalment as it got hectic at the end there, and the fallout is going to be EPIC. Review posted to #GoodReads #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Let me start this by saying that I am obsessed with Arthurian legend. I will read, watch, and listen to pretty much anything with even a vague connection. So when I saw this pop up on my feed, I wanted it immediately. Blackheart Knights is an urban fantasy retelling/reimagining of Arthurian legend, where knights ride motorcycles and Arthur's political sparring partners are tech magnates. The book is split between two timelines - the first timeline follows Artorias Dracones, 'nineteen years ago', Let me start this by saying that I am obsessed with Arthurian legend. I will read, watch, and listen to pretty much anything with even a vague connection. So when I saw this pop up on my feed, I wanted it immediately. Blackheart Knights is an urban fantasy retelling/reimagining of Arthurian legend, where knights ride motorcycles and Arthur's political sparring partners are tech magnates. The book is split between two timelines - the first timeline follows Artorias Dracones, 'nineteen years ago', as he becomes the new king of London, and the second follows Red, 'one year ago', as she fights and trains to become a knight. The two timelines converge at the climax of the book, where Art and Red's stories finally meet. The concept of this book is so cool. It is flooded with queer characters. It's a sexy, fresh, bloody, magical reimagining of the King Arthur story. I was expecting to fully froth it, and to not shut up about it for weeks and weeks, but when I finished it, I was just... whelmed. I can't even point to a particular reason! The setting is rich, the characters are interesting and their motivations deep, but it just didn't quite gel with me. Perhaps it was the dual timelines - both Art's and Red's stories were so interesting that I feel like the book could be written from either perspective only and be gripping and exciting, and maybe some of that was lost by switching between the two. This feels like a cop-out of a review, because I can't actually point to any one thing, so I'm going to chalk this one up to personal preference. This is not my new favourite book, but it could be yours! It's a queer urban fantasy retelling of the Arthurian legend - like, come on. If that sparks your interest, definitely add this one to your TBR. Thank you to NetGalley and to Quercus/Jo Fletcher Books for providing me with this ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    This book is an urban fantasy based on the Arthurian legends set in a parallel universe where London is broken into 7 kingdoms with a mix of magic and tech. Very steam punk if you will. There are two main storylines with different timelines that converge in the end. First we have Art who goes from bastard low born son of a king, who gets to wield the sword won by his champion. Over the next 19 years, we see him go from naive and idealistic teen to a jaded man who lets his insecurities and paranoi This book is an urban fantasy based on the Arthurian legends set in a parallel universe where London is broken into 7 kingdoms with a mix of magic and tech. Very steam punk if you will. There are two main storylines with different timelines that converge in the end. First we have Art who goes from bastard low born son of a king, who gets to wield the sword won by his champion. Over the next 19 years, we see him go from naive and idealistic teen to a jaded man who lets his insecurities and paranoia blind him to certain situations with disastrous consequences, till finally we see him as a keen political animal who still strives to do well by his people. Red on the other hand is a godchild (people with magical powers) who wants to become a Callabrian Knight. We see her as she starts her training and wins bouts till she becomes a formidable Knight with renown. We also know she has a secret and is keen on a mission of vengeance - she wants to kill the sorcerer Knight who was the one that found her and sponsored her training and whom she has complicated feelings for. There are a whole host of other characters that appear in both timelines with different motivations who all converge at the end. I struggled with the book in the beginning. The way it is written is slightly weird (I think it’s written in the present tense) and took some getting used to. She writes like this - I quite like the different POVs but for the longest time, can’t see the correlations between the two. As we get closer to the end, I realise that there are too many loose ends so I’m not surprised by the cliffhanger ending - looks like this is going to be a series. 3.5/5 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Short description: Arthurian legends… on motorbikes. Also magic. Long description: set across two timelines, focusing on Art (fighting to determine if they will become the next ruler of the city), and Red (becoming a knight whilst hiding their (illegal) magic to get revenge). Knights, magic, power struggles, politics, casual LGBTQ+ representation - you name it, Blackheart Knights has probably got it. I did enjoy this but I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind to take on the amount of infor Short description: Arthurian legends… on motorbikes. Also magic. Long description: set across two timelines, focusing on Art (fighting to determine if they will become the next ruler of the city), and Red (becoming a knight whilst hiding their (illegal) magic to get revenge). Knights, magic, power struggles, politics, casual LGBTQ+ representation - you name it, Blackheart Knights has probably got it. I did enjoy this but I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind to take on the amount of information this book throws at you from the outset (I blame uni). Whilst I adore information heavy books that build an intricate world around you, this was still a lot. However, I persevered. My consequent lack of understanding as we shifted between the two timelines and perspectives was entirely my own fault and I think it detracted from me falling entirely in love with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they were great - they are fleshed out with complex emotions and some truly excellent character growth - but you need to be ready to sit and just read, which I haven’t had as much time to do this time around. I’ll be back for this book though, when I have time to sit and enjoy it the way it is meant to be enjoyed. My thanks to NetGalley, Laure Eve and Quercus Books for this ARC.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)

    I loved this book so much. It's definitely a slow-paced, character-focused, information-heavy fantasy but if you like those you should pick this up. I loved the casual queerness of the world, and the dark, gritty atmosphere the Laure Eve built up. I loved the two protagonists, and even though I figured out a lot of what was going on with Red's vengeance mission in advance it still hurt me. I do wish some of the side characters had been developed more strongly, it's very much a look into the prot I loved this book so much. It's definitely a slow-paced, character-focused, information-heavy fantasy but if you like those you should pick this up. I loved the casual queerness of the world, and the dark, gritty atmosphere the Laure Eve built up. I loved the two protagonists, and even though I figured out a lot of what was going on with Red's vengeance mission in advance it still hurt me. I do wish some of the side characters had been developed more strongly, it's very much a look into the protagonists rather than the wider world. I'm especially interested to see where this series will go from here and how the dynamic will drastically shift between two of my faves. CW: graphic violence, death, rape mention, drug use (Thanks to Jo Fletcher Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review) If you enjoy diverse sci-fi and fantasy you should check out my Blog! You could also follow me on Twitter or Instagram.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Based on the Arthurian Legend Blackheart Knights is a super grungy adult urban fantasy set in an alternative London where Camelot Knights are used as Champions to settle legal disputes and ride motorbikes instead of horses. Plus it’s filled with queer rep, revenge, morally grey characters, a badass MC and a lot of angst (what more could you want?!). I really enjoyed the set up of the book and the two POV/time periods that the book is split between and the crossover between the two. There’s also Based on the Arthurian Legend Blackheart Knights is a super grungy adult urban fantasy set in an alternative London where Camelot Knights are used as Champions to settle legal disputes and ride motorbikes instead of horses. Plus it’s filled with queer rep, revenge, morally grey characters, a badass MC and a lot of angst (what more could you want?!). I really enjoyed the set up of the book and the two POV/time periods that the book is split between and the crossover between the two. There’s also a kind of count-down style to the chapters which was an intriguing concept! Overall I enjoyed reading this book if you like the idea of biker knights in an urban fantasy setting I definitely recommend reading this! Thank you Netgalley and Quercus/Jo Fletcher for providing me and ARC copy of this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I was a bit perplexed at the beginning as I'm always a bit wary of Arthurian saga (I'm a bit of a traditionalist in this case). I was wrong as thoroughly enjoyed this story and had a lot of fun. The author did an excellent job in writing a story that keeps you interested in the dual timeline and you know that somehow they will be converge but you are enjoying them and it doesn't matter. The world building is excellent, great characters and a tightly knitted plot. Highly recommended. Many thanks to th I was a bit perplexed at the beginning as I'm always a bit wary of Arthurian saga (I'm a bit of a traditionalist in this case). I was wrong as thoroughly enjoyed this story and had a lot of fun. The author did an excellent job in writing a story that keeps you interested in the dual timeline and you know that somehow they will be converge but you are enjoying them and it doesn't matter. The world building is excellent, great characters and a tightly knitted plot. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jilli | THE LONG LOST TARGARYEN

    CAMELOT? AS IN CAMELOT RISING?? BY KIERSTEN WHITE??? IN GOTHAM CITY???? Please give me a moment to get over my laboured breathing as my bones turn to oss dust ALSO QUEER IT BABY!!!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    2.5/5 I'm not saying it's a bad book, especially if you're into leather-clad. angsty characters with a dark past. It just wasn't the right fit for me. ARC through NetGalley 2.5/5 I'm not saying it's a bad book, especially if you're into leather-clad. angsty characters with a dark past. It just wasn't the right fit for me. ARC through NetGalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)

    uk release date

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Actual rating 3.5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Maybe more like a 3.5? It took me a long while to get into but this was a great book with a fantastic twist

  29. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Dnf 103 pages..just wasnt for me

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fraz Pannett

    This was good, but for some reason I didn't feel satisfied at the end! Loved the world building, hopefully there will be a sequel. This was good, but for some reason I didn't feel satisfied at the end! Loved the world building, hopefully there will be a sequel.

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