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Hard Day's Knight (The Black Knight Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked that there was a small cast of characters and how believably they interacted with each other.
For me the book would be a perfect rainy Saturday afternoon read or a before bed time read when you don't want to read anything you have to concetrate to deeply on to remember the plot.
When Mr. Hartness was talking about his book on a forum on Goodreads, I knew I had to read this book. The concept of two fanged creatures that have super strength and yet not the perfect physique and countenance we are used to seemed perfect to get a break from all those vampire books out there. He has also been so very kind to tell a bit more about his extraordinary characters in a post below, check that out too!
Jimmy and Greg have been best friends since well, about forever. So logically, when they both are turned into creatures of the night, they rent a basement and live together as private detectives. When a lot of mysterious disappearances start to happen they end up in a mess they had never expected. I won't spoil the plot too much, but it involves zombies in trunks, unreliable witches, fighting some demons from hell and a conversation with God.
I really liked the bantering between our two "heroes". They both seem so.. human. At the end of a long night of doing detective work, they like to kick off their shoes, get a bag of blood and game a bit. They're not super brave and do get scared at times. There even was a tiny bit of romance in the book, which I though was extremely cute and I liked how that turned out.
There's a lot going on in Hard Day's Knight, making this book nicely paced. Action scenes are alternated with talking and other bits and pieces that tell us more about the background of the boys. The sometimes a bit heavy side of the book is brightened by the completely inappropriate commentary of Jimmy. Some of his sarcastic remarks really made my day.
The only critique I would like to point out is that this book is too short. I wanted to know more, hear more background, be more sucked into this story. I really liked these guys, but I wish I could connect to them more. It could be a case of minor FBISD (First-Book-In-Series-Disease), and this problem will disappear in the next book of the Black Knight Chronicles, Back in Black. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Mr Hartness may not be a great writer but he as a good command of grammar; he writes sparkling, neat dialogues and last but not least is capable of setting an irresistible rhythm for a plot that may be conventional and perhaps a little predictable but flows unerringly to its end. There are some well executed flashbacks which provides a bit of a background for the three main characters but this is amply excusable in the first instalment of a new series.
As noted by other reviewers his vampires are engaging and refreshing and deliberately absent is the usual "sexy, dark and brooding" folklore about them. Curiously enough this might disappoint some readers but is sure to make them even more likeable.
I disagree with other reviewers about two points: first, while the dialogue is surely witty, the book is not a constant banter that gets in the way of well crafted action scenes. Another point made by some is that there is a strong religious subtext. While it is clear that Mr Hartness has received a religious (catholic?) education this comes to the fore only at the end but does not really get in the way of fun (and coming from a non religious person you can believe it). The demon's world created by the author is clearly defined as a Christian hell but there is no cathechism seeping through the pages.
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