Bennett by Mark Patrick

A knight of the Order of the White Tower, Bennett is on a mission to investigate the possible reappearance of the Order’s old enemy, Mandrake, when he is injured and jumps in a river to escape. During his recovery, he meets a Romany, Stella, to whom he is immediately attracted. Stella ends up accompanying Bennett once he continues on his quest to find more about what Mandrake is currently doing.

Bennett is one of 12 in an order that places great importance in honor and chivalry. While he has superior fighting skills, he is very modest and doesn’t always believe he is capable. Throughout the story, he grows into himself more and comes to believe that he has the skills necessary and is an asset to his order.

Stella is a Romany girl who is traveling with Janette (story detailed in the first book of series) when she meets Bennett. While Stella has been charged with Janette’s protection, Janette requests that she accompany Bennett to aid him in his quest to bring about Mandrake’s demise. Being a Romany, Stella is very confident in her abilities but does undergo a change as she deals with Palima, the Mistress of War, who is rescued by Stella and Bennett.

Bennett was a very good short story. While it was a second book of a series, I was able to follow the story without having to read the first one. Some of the backstory would have been enhanced by having read Janette’s tale but it was still an enjoyable read. The characters are well thought out and detailed, and the world building is sound. The only point I found hard to digest was the quickness of the marriage between Stella and Bennett; it just didn’t feel real. It was obviously needed for the story, but the lead up to it felt forced and contrived. I will definitely be looking for the rest of the series, though.

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press
  • Book Length: Novel
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-61650-120-4

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Books in The Chronicles of the White Tower series in the order they should be read:
Janette’s Tale
Bennett

A knight of the Order of the White Tower, Bennett is on a mission to investigate the possible reappearance of the Order’s old enemy, Mandrake, when he is injured and jumps in a river to escape. During his recovery, he meets a Romany, Stella, to whom he is immediately attracted. Stella ends up accompanying Bennett …

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About Emma D.

Emma – From early childhood my parents encouraged me to read and I spent most of my time either with my nose in a book or on my horse. While my parents can take the glory for my love of reading they have no idea where I got my love of animals (horses and dogs in particular) from. I got my first dog when I was 8 but had to hand him back as my younger siblings where scared of him (he was a bouncy puppy). So I got a horse and my parents promise I could get a dog when I was fourteen (they thought I would forget). Well I turned 14 and asked for my dog J I’ve had one ever since. Now days as an adult my time is split between work, reading, my dog (just in the last year and a half I’ve taken up dog agility) and still occasionally some horses. When reading I read across a wide variety of genres from sci fi and fantasy to murder/mystery. I’m not particularly fond of historical but otherwise I’ll give anything a try.

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