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Winter Knights

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Historian Gavin Lowden is in Northumberland on Christmas Eve for two reasons: to find evidence of a romantic bond between Arthur and Lancelot, and to finally tell his partner Piers that he loves him. Piers has promised to come clean with his conservative family and join Gavin for their first holiday as a couple, but at the last minute, he bails. Devastated, Gavin heads out...more
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Published December 5th 2011
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Vio
4.5 stars

Loved everything about this story the references to King Arthur and his knights, Art and Lance the wonderful hunky rescue workers who I simply adored, I so wanted to be wrong about them but I knew deep down what was going to happen "sniff". Gavin and Piers the conflicted lovers who are dealing with some unusual twists to their relationship but with the help of some intriguing friends it all works out beautifully. A wonderful romantic Christmas romance I will treasure. Highly recommended...more
Simon
A short novel, a ghost story no less, but true to the m/m genre.
I wish Harper had padded the story out and made a full length novel as there was enough plot and it would have been nice to hear more of Piers and Gavin prior to this story. Quite a sexy read but not as poetically descriptive as some of the other novels.
Sweet and a tiny bit spooky!
willaful
Within a conventional framework -- a supernatural event on Christmas eve teaches the protagonist some important lessons -- this beautifully written story goes far beyond convention. Folklorist Gavin is devastated when his devoutly Catholic lover Piers dumps him and tells him he’s marrying a woman; he wanders out in the snow and becomes trapped in a cave, hallucinating about finding the site where King Arthur and his knights are sleeping, waiting to be called back to life. When Gavin is saved by...more
L-D
Winter Knights is a novella length story in the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology. While a lot of people loved this story the most, I didn't fall into that camp for a few reasons. First of all, I knew right away that the rescue team were (view spoiler) so I think that detracted a bit from my overall enjoyment of the book. Secondly, the Arthurian Legend aspect of the book got a little bit dry for me. And finally, the biggest issue I had with the book was that Gavin and Pier...more
Kaje Harper
This book has a lovely feel. There's just a hint of mythical characters underlying a modern tale of two men who love each other, but have real problems with expectations and communication. The majority of this story is a 5-star depiction of how, with a little paranormal assistance, those problems are overcome. The last section feels like a missed opportunity for a wonderful sequel - the narrator gives a fast retrospective of some very important and potentially emotional events that have happened...more
Jayhjay
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay as part of my review of the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology

Wow. This book was so good, but I am not sure I can even begin to explain it or do it justice. But duty calls, so here goes.

Gavin Lowden is a historian studying Arthurian legend. He is trying to find a link between the folklore and reality (and likes to think that the love triangle was fiction and Lancelot and Arthur were actually into each other). He is in northern England c...more
J.L. Hilton
This was my first foray into M/M fiction, and I enjoyed it. Harper Fox is a brilliant writer. The prose was beautiful, the characters lovable and the plot compelling. The supernatural element was fun, and I appreciated the little twists in the story. Well done. The only thing that my brain snagged on as I read was the sex. Not that I mind explicit "door open" romantic interludes--quite the opposite. And I am open-minded about homosexuality, so that wasn't a problem. Just... to me, the sexuality...more
Nikki
Not sure what to think about this one. All the stories from this anthology have been rather angst ridden, with long separations and people having to prove themselves, and this one was worse -- death, Catholicism, internalised homophobia, tumours... In the end, I'm not sure what to think of it. The use of Arthur and Lancelot is interesting, and the hint about Gavin and Piers being Gawain and Percival... But I'm not sure it ever makes a coherent whole.

There's sex scenes, of course -- apparently th...more
Sofia

Superb writing. Ms Fox did not let me down.

She picked me up drew me into Gavin's reality then she put me in a spin dryer, spun round, until I did not know which way was up and let me out again.



An extremely fun piece, which I enjoyed. When I read her work I realise what I'm missing.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
4.5 stars.

I liked very much the protagonists of this story, more than the story itself. Gavin is a historian, writing an essay for his doctorate degree where he tries to shed a different light on King Arthur and Lancelot and their relationship. He wants to find the truth behind the myth. This is his passion, together with his love for Piers. Piers is a scholar too. He is a Catholic and he tries in some ways to find a compromise and reconcile his faith with the love for a man.

At the beginning of...more
Plainbrownwrapper
I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I love Harper Fox. I don't especially care for the plot of this story -- it's got (view spoiler)and those just really aren't my things -- but Fox's wonderful prose and character work and sense of place still shine through.

Who can resist lines like these?

“Move,” I said again, and Art thrust at my command, just once and very carefully, like a promise. I breat...more
John
Such a rich, thoughtful, and rather haunting story, for me. Ultimately very sweet, but with an emotional complexity that kept it from veering off toward being trite. It's an example of the best sort of mythical writing, where myth has real power to operate in ordinary lives. Ancient legend and modern struggle, happiness and sorrow, failure and redemption all rolled up together in a small package, elegantly written, Winter Knights is wonderful.
Eli Easton
I put off reading this one for awhile because I'm normally not a fan of established couples. But this one avoided what can be a lack of sizzle by introducing two new characters and keeping the boyfriend off the stage for a bit.

This is a smooth, lyrical, literary read, and I really enjoyed the writer's blend of mythology, academia and romance. The whole rescue plotline was my favorite part of the story. Five stars from me.
Adriana
3.5 stars

I love Harper Fox writing and this story was good, but for me it was hard to think about a relationship like the one Gavin and Piers had, (view spoiler).
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
3.5 Stars
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Gavin is a workaholic when it comes to his research, even to the detriment to his health and relationship with his lover Piers. He has planned a romantic getaway for the two of them to spend their first Christmas together. Piers tells him last minute he’s not coming. In a confused attempt to focus on the only other thing he cares about, his research, Gavin heads out in a winter storm on a hunch he’s figured out something important. He falls into a...more
Brandilyn
This one is still stewing in my head, my rating may go up. Gavin Lowden, a folklorian with a specialty in the Knights of the Round Table, is waiting in his hotel room for his lover of 3 years to show up. He wants to tell him he loves him and take the relationship to the next level. However instead of Piers on his doorstep, he receives a dear John phone call. The tale-spin he enters sends him out to Hallow Hill alone in the cold. After that the line between fiction and reality blurs. He is rescue...more
Lori
Review previously posted at

It's winter time, so throw some coal on the fire, pour yourself a warming glass of mulled wine and curl up with a good book - I've got a great recommendation for you. Winter Knights by Harper Fox features snow, Arthurian legends and, of course, romance. What more do you need on a dark December night?

I loved the setting of this story, deep in the English countryside - I may be a little biased but it is one of my favourite places to be! Harper Lee obviously loves the a...more
Feliz
This was a beautiful book, by far not as dark as Harper Fox's plots tend to be. My only little niggle is the epilogue part that dragged a bit. however, it's still five stars for overall greatness, magic, an unexpected twist (though the story had it coming...I'm occasionally dense like this),likeable characters who learn and grow (particularly Gavin) and well-thought-out references to old legends. Warmly, highly recommended!!!
Dee Wy
A loving relationship that just couldn't stay broken, all wrapped and tied with a bow of supernatural Arthurian Legend. A lovely Christmas gift, especially Art and Lance.
Lillian Francis
I finished the story and immediately wanted to dive back in and read it again. Always a good sign.
Beautifully written.
Susinok
This was a truly excellent story. Sweet and emotional and hot.
Edina Rose
I'm not a fan of this author's writing. This is a nice story, though.
Elfflame
This really is a lovely little story, and one that fans of Arthurian lore would probably very much enjoy. The main character is an Arthurian scholar, looking for proof that King Arthur truly existed. His story takes a wild turn, though, when his boyfriend breaks up with him on Christmas Eve, and he finds himself falling into a place that might be entirely fantasized on his part, and might be one part ghost story, and one part legend. Whichever it is, the rest of the tale is very heartfelt and re...more
Lee Brazil
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Kirsten
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Review By Cecilia Ryan

I’ve been avoiding reviewing this book for a while, but like all things you don’t want to do, here I am, doing it. That I’ve been avoiding it is important, because if I hated it, I would obviously want to dance on its shortcomings because I am mean. So, it’s not that I disliked it.

It’s more that I’m honestly not sure whether or not I liked it. I’m not looking them up, but I don’t remember the character’s names less than a month after finishing it. I vaguely remember being a...more
Jaya
SlashReaders: Alright, so I was a little worried about this one when I picked it up due to the fact that it is on the short side and I prefer longer titles. However, I really, really enjoyed this book/novella and am quiet convinced that there was just enough information in it for this story. Having read Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox, I was curious to see how another one of her books measured up. Truth be told I liked 'Winter Knights' better than 'Midwinter Prince' and this is not to say that I...more
Paola
A short story that captured my emotions like very few short stories can do. The first work I read by Harper Fox, this is a rich, multi-layered little gem that feels like a full-length novel, and at the same time it perfectly embodies the holiday spirit providing the inspiration for the anthology it was originally published in.
The blurring of imagination and reality is very well done, and makes this story incredibly evocative and poetic. While reading, contradictory as it may sound, I felt taken...more
Buzz H.
Harper Fox, while a skilled author whom I enjoy, does not always connect with me. In Winter Knights, though, she did! This is a charming tale about a young writer in a troubled relationship taking a short vacation in the north of England.

While there he has a quite extraordinary (or was it ordinary?) experience during a hiking mishap in the snow. I don't want to spoil the story as it is really worth reading. Harper Fox's prose and story-craft is a pleasure.
Jewel
3.5 Stars

I don't normally go for ghost stories. I do like Arthurian legend stories, though, so I thought I'd give this one a try. Overall, I liked it. Gavin and Piers needed a kick in the right direction to get their relationship straightened out and Gavin getting himself trapped in a hole in the ground (or did he) and rescued by two men whose names are Artie and Lance is the catalyst for Gavin's own bit of growth. Of course, maybe he wasn't rescued at all. I've got my own hypothesis on that, bu...more
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