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Knight Errant (Knight Errant #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  310 ratings  ·  48 reviews
R. Garcia y Robertson is the author of a numerous of books and stories, many of them published in the SF genre. In addition, he has written two highly praised novels outside that genre, American Woman, and The Spiral Dance ("A remarkably realistic historical fantasy."--Ellen Kushner, host of Song and Spirit, NPR). Now Garcia y Robertson returns with a powerful time-travel
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by Forge Books (first published 2001)
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Gaile
SOME FUN! R Garcia Y Robertson managed to pack this novel full of witchcraft, time travel, medieval life, Edward Of March (future Edward IV) Jacquetta Woodville, called Weirdville in the novel plus a cast of historical characters as well as as battles, burnings, fiery arrows and mad King Henry VI.
Robyn Stafford flies from California to give her boy friend a surprise birthday greeting in England only to find herself surprised and soon among a witches coven. During the course of the novel, Robyn h
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Annelies
Mijn eerste verhaal over tijdreizen, naar één van mijn favoriete periodes dan nog... Als echte geschiedenisliefhebber moest ik even van me af zetten dat niet alles historisch zou kloppen en dat het geen realistische verhaal zou zijn. Gelukkig ben ik daar in geslaagd. Maar toch had ik een dubbel gevoel bij dit boek.

Positieve punten: ik had onmiddellijk een klik met het hoofdpersonage Robyn, ik herkende veel van mezelf in haar. De personages zijn sowieso het beste punt van het boek, ze zijn fijn u
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Annette
Really good story, romance, time travel, witch's and witch's night and running into people in the 1460 that she knows in present day. Her friends, Jo and Joy from now, she meets in 1460 and a married man, Collin who she has an affair with, she meets back in 1460 and his wife. Witches live again and again remembering a bit of their past lives. A Earl's son has a displacement spell put upon him which has his hopping around centuries and the main lady character meets him and they fall in love.
So it
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Bastet
Ooooooh oh my! What a mad adventure! Left me breathless and giddy and sooooo in love with this fictional Edward Plantagenet, Earl of March. He is "awefully" perfect and tops my top favourite heroes. If i were to face Medieval madness for anyone, that would be young Edward (and yes, he is quite young for being the main love interest, but don't let that mislead you, he is completely captivating and charming and brave and irreverent). I loved the dichotomy between such impeccable gallantry and the ...more
Robin
Not only am I in a reading mode, I am also apparently on a time-travel spree. This book was one that my friend Louise recommended to me. I'm not sure what I was expecting-- I think just historical fiction (since that is what the spine said)-- but I got a romance. I guess they couldn't call it "romance" since it was written by a man. Overall, I liked the book, but it often would get bogged down with names and too much in the way of inconsequential details, and many of the characters really didn't ...more
Megan
I initially started reading this book over ten years ago when I was still in high school. At the time, I hadn't gotten very far into it when I had to return it to the library and soon lost the name of the book. Recently the storyline was on my mind quite a bit but I still could not remember the name of the book which is when I searched Google and was able to find it. Now that I'm older, I think this particular book is something that I can appreciate because I don't need a book to be purely about ...more
Mary Campbell
This was a delightful book, and the reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that the narrative and dialogue unraveled in places... almost as if there were another author writing in places, or as if parts of the book didn't get thoroughly edited.

Robyn Stafford meets Edward Plantagenet, who will become King Edward IV of England, when he is 17 and "Mad" Henry VI is still king. Robyn works for a film studio in L.A., but she is on vacation, hiking in Wales, when Edward, in full medieval armor
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Timothy Lee
"Knight Errant" is a medival-based romance novel about a young woman, Robyn Stafford from Hollywood, California, who is hiking in Wales and finds a seemingly out-of-date guy dressed in full armor, who claims to be the Earl of March in 1459, and the two of them end up falling in love with each other. She later learns that he had been set in a time-traveling spell, and she helps him go back to his own time, which ends up taking her with him. As the story progresses, the two of them try to survive ...more
Anne
An intriguing time travel novel about a 21st-century woman from Hollywood meeting a 15th-century knight while hiking the back roads of Wales. Three and a half stars for this charming tale.
Norman Howe
Excellent historical novel of the Wars of the Roses. But a modern Hollywood girl is thrown into events by witchcraft. Will she change history"," or make it? There are sequels.
Charlene Radler
I picked this book up because of comparisons to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander on the cover. It wasn't even close. An interesting read, yes, but at times drawn out and boring. I found myself more interested in the historical detail than the characters at times. I've started the second book, Lady Robyn but am struggling to get into it. I really just want to find out what's going to happen between Robyn and Edward when he finally meets Elizabeth Woodville, the woman he actually does marry!! Of course ...more
Lake Oz Fic Chick
Hiking in England near the Welsh border, Robyn Stafford, a modern Hollywood executive, comes upon a handsome young man on horseback, wearing a sword and chain mail. He claims to be Edward Plantagenet, a knight and the Earl of March, and he believes he is living in the 1400s. He rides away into the past but she is smitten and vows to find him again. Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s time-travel romances will enjoy discovering how Robyn travels to the turbulent era of the War of the Roses and the part she ...more
Judith
I think I started this book with very high expectations. The Outlander series by Gabaldon is amazing, and this book was said to be similar. It was, but in some way the realistic value was lower. Witches who only reincarnate to exactly the same person, that tell people they are witches and most don't even seem to mind... Yeah, right, in a time of witch hunting!
This was the element that disappointed me most. Apart from that, I enjoyed the story, which is, I think, historically accurate (though I
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Emily Davies
The score should be more like 3.5, but I decided to be generous with the stars partially from nostalgia. I loved this book when I read it in high school; 10 years later, I still enjoyed it, but was slightly less willing to overlook just how strange it all is. Sometimes the focus of the narrative is on the most bizarre things. Also, I doubt anyone from modern times could so easily adapt to mediaeval living, but then again, what do I know? :) (Also, having a pagan mother-in-law made me chuckle at ...more
Ronald Wise
Hollywood studio executive Robyn Stafford, traveling to England to surprise her new boyfriend and learning he has a wife, travels to the 15th century for more rewarding adventure. Historical fantasy fiction during the War of the Roses, this one left me wondering if it was worth the time spent reading it — the author has a Ph.D in history and seemed to enjoy making use of historic details, which made this one a rather slow read. Well..., I've reluctantly added the two sequels to this book to my r ...more
Lizpeveto
I read this several years ago and it is the first of three. I recently reread the book in order to finish the second and third. This is a time travel about a LA woman transported back in time to England. There are a lot of details omitted and facts are not totally accurate; but it is a love story w/ a lot of history. Some of it is very real w/ descriptions and other times, too many loosely connected plots. Sometimes, in books they are not written appropriate to the time, and this is one of them. ...more
Erica
Fantastic, quick read. I really enjoyed this one.
Kim
I grabbed this on a whim at the library. The verdict - meh. The characters are fairly flat and one dimensional. The heroine is kind of annoying and flighty. And soooo loved by everyone she mets. But my biggest problem is the fact that Robyn's fooling around with Edward, future king of England. One thing that worked for the Gabaldon books is that the time travelling woman hooks up with a nobody in the past. I know how Edward's story ends. Anyway, I won't be reading on in the series.
Karena
Hits all the right spots! Fun.
Natalie
I really liked this book a lot, alhtough parts of it were just plain boring and it did take me awhile to get through the book. I wasn't as interested in the historical aspect of the book and found myself sort of just glimpsing through the really long descpriptions of places and history facts. But I loved all the time travel and witch craft stuff, and I loved the love story. I will def continue to read the trilogy.
Sarah
I'd give it a strong 2.5 stars. Mostly, I was annoyed with the heroine for running around 15th century England telling everyone she knows all about health clubs and the internet, and wearing a digital watch. Any self-respecting Middle Ager would've locked the poor daft soul away, or at least declared her watch to be a result of demonic forces, rather than helping and adoring her. I mean, really.
Mel
I enjoyed this book a lot, as cliche of a plot it may sound like.

But it turns out to be a pretty interesting story. I'm a sucker for historical fiction like this, and while nothing is ever 100% accurate.. (nor do I expect it to be, so inaccuracies really take nothing away from a story for me, this is meant to be enjoyed, not critiqued).

Anyway what really makes this story is Robyn. She's fun!
Jennifer
Here's the thing about most time travel romances that really bugs me--the time traveler (especially from present to past) would not admit to all and sundry that they are from the future and then describe things like cars. They would be locked up as a crazy. I was enjoying the book until she went back in time with her watch and everyone just seemed to accept it. Couldn't do it and put it down.
Kenneth Jane
enjoyed this book a lot.its awesome! really a page turner. a must-read! it has a pretty interesting story. i'm a sucker for historical fiction like this, and while nothing is ever 100% accurate.. (nor do I expect it to be, so inaccuracies really take nothing away from a story for me, this is meant to be enjoyed, not critiqued).what really makes this story is Robyn. She's fun!
Marcie
So I checked this book out because it was touted on the cover as being in the tradition of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Not even close! I thought the characters were shallow, unbelievable, and rather boring. Additionally I could have avoided the whole witchcraft theme. Even with a witchcraft theme it simply wasn't palpable. I'll stick with Gabaldon anytime.
Tessa Eger
This time travel romance was ok--loses its force and believability in the middle. Worst feature for me as a Christian is that the protagonist prays indiscriminately to Hecate, Mary, etc., seeing no distinction between witchcraft and Christianity. Witchcraft is very real and extremely dangerous, but she never tries out God and his claims or warnings.
Lisa
Very good read. Love the idea of a modern.twenty -first century woman going back in time to the fifteenth where she finds peril friendship and even love. The description says this is the first in a three part series. Well then I look forward to reading the other two books with keen interest . Bravo, Dr. Garcia y Robertson. Bravo.
Amy
Very like "A Knight in Shining Armor" by Jude Deveraux, but much better since it's not so much a romance novel. Full of Knights, Nobles, mad Kings, and past and present witches. All great story telling. This all takes place in the past during the war of the roses in England 1460s.
Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Robin
A pretty good book that kept me interested. It was kind of your typical "gal gets thrown back into the Middle Ages" type story, but it puts the gal, Robyn Stafford, right in the middle of the War of the Roses. Of course, it falls into historical fiction, and British at that, so I had to get it and see what it was all about.
Antonia Bea
Writing isn't the best but the story was well done
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Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson (born 1949) is an American writer of historical and fantasy fiction. He holds a Ph.D in history and taught at UCLA and Villanova University before becoming a full-time writer. In addition to his eight novels, he has had numerous short stories published in fantasy and science fiction anthologies. He lives in Mount Vernon, Washington.

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