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Knight's Curse

(Knight's Curse #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it's like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman senses to steal a precious magical artifact…or she must suffer the consequences.

Desperate to break the curse
Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Luna (first published January 1st 2011)
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

I can't be too wrong about this book (ok, I can, but I hope not) since Publisher's Weekly has it on its Top 10 Picks for Fall 2011.

The rambling intro that has no real purpose in my review

I’m not known for my long reviews. I HATE writing and I love reading. If I am writing, I’m not reading. Plus, except for a few select reviewers who write excellent long reviews, I generally don’t read long reviews. If I want to read more than three paragraphs, I’ll read a book. However, I’m the first reviewer fo
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
"Chalice is a modern-day knight descended from an order of female knights that existed int he Middle Ages and actually used hatchets to defend their homes when the men went off to fight. In Chalice’s twenty-first century world, that order still exist, but the female knights are the progeny of angels. The abilities they inherit are their most powerful weapons…"

Chalice has no idea why she’s different: she’d lost her mother when she was just a baby and she never knew anything about her father so he
I love it when a author puts a new spin on an old tale, more often then not it’s something that’s been done before, but there’s those hidden little gems that come up and surprise you like they did with me in Knight’s Curse by Karen Duvall.

Duvall builds a great world around Angels, Fallen and likewise, magic god and bad an a heroine Chalice whose just trying to survive and gain her freedom.
At birth Chalice is born with super senses, to the point of having to use nose plugs, ears plugs and spe
Knight’s Curse was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.

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Chalice is an extremely gifted individual with heightened sight, hearing, and smell. After she is abducted from her home in a monastery she is trained as a thief by the Vyantara, ’an international organization of nefarious magic users who profited from the sale of charmed and cursed objects I stole for them.’ She knows very little about why she is who she is or who her par
Didn't Quite Work For Me
She was raised by Maronite monks following the violent death of her mother. For thirteen years they taught her and sheltered her, serving as both guardians and family for the girl with the most acute senses, a girl hypersensitive to light, touch, sound, smell, and taste beyond that of even the most attuned mortal. But then, Chalice is not exactly mortal.

Despite her abilities, she was unable to protect herself when the man came to take her. Gavin Heinrich claimed to be her
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Dark Urban Fantasy where the bad guys always have the upper hand and a heroine that just wants to be good. A decent story but too many plot devices detract from the overall plot.

Opening Sentence: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I’d see them coming long before they hurt me.

The Review:

I am a little on the fence about my review for Knight’s Curse. I love history and I really like it when an author takes something out of history books
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley(dot)com. It was an okay book, but I had trouble enjoying the characters and picturing the world.

Chalice is a half-angel who has been trained from the age of nine to knife fight and steal. Her mother died during childbirth and her father is a Fallen Angel. Chalice has been bound to a viscous gargoyle and is being used by her guardian, an evil sorceror, to carry out their dirty work. Things change when she meets Aydin, who like her has
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Knight’s Curse (Knight’s Curse # 1) is the first book by author Karen Duvall that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Duvall’s story is told in the first POV by Chalice a character who is so much more than she truly realizes. She is forced to wear eye, ear, and nose protection because her senses are superhumanly enhanced.

Chalice spent the first 13 years of her life with the Maronite Monks in Lebanon who not only trained her in their ways, but also told her
Jen Davis
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Let me start out with a warning that this is not a romance. I thought it might be from the blurb... but it's really an Urban Fantasy with a hint of a vague promise of a wispy tendril of a romance.

Chalice is something more than human. She has extremely sharp senses and she knows that whatever she is, her mother was the same. Unfortunately, the woman died moments after Chalice was born, so she never really understood her heritage. She was raised by monks in her early childhood, but then kidnapped
Tahlia Newland
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
’Knights Curse’ is rich with imagery, magic and strange things like people becoming gargoyles and a bodiless head that is still alive and talking. It’s a tightly woven tale that keeps you reading with its unpredictability.

Chalice’s world is a dark one, enslaved to a cruel man, cursed to become a gargoyle or a gargoyles dinner and without family or friends, until she meets Aydin. Even then, she’s not sure if she can trust him, because her master does. Nevertheless, he shows her things and gives h
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, own
RECEIVED FROM: Net Galley For Review


Chalice is a Vyantara thief, kidnapped as a child from a monetary she has been forced to use her enhanced sense to steal magical artifacts from around the world ever since. The one thing she desires more than anything else is her freedom, a chance to have a life of her own away from her captors and the things they force her to do. She doesn’t trust magic, she’s only seen the bad side of it. When she meets Aydin anoth
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fast paced. An interesting take on guardian angels.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Chalice is a descendant of an ancient order of knights and her powers are great but she is a prisoner of a vicious wizard who belongs to an ancient order of his own and will stop at nothing to make her do his bidding. She has a great destiny but she must embrace who she is and free herself from her curse before she can truly make a difference.

This was a fun and easy read filled with magic, incredible creatures, plenty of action and a heady mixture of present day, myth and biblical legend. The b
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This one was yet another great read for me. I loved the writing style, plot, characters, pacing, and the world. (SPOILERS INCLUDED)

I appreciated that despite being an urban fantasy of sorts this book ventured into areas not often portrayed in other books of the genre. Gargoyles are prominent and I enjoy that the world of faerie is explored in different ways than simply Seelie/Unseelie or Oberon and what not. The different colored veils are spoken of and I really liked when they brought up white
Gabbi  Calabrese
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't read a lot of adult books. There's not much of a reason for it except that I'm a teen and I like reading about teens. But I read (Read: Stalk) Karen Duvall's blog and I'll admit, I was ferociously excited for this book. When I saw it on NetGalley, I sort of flipped and had to get it.

Now, this book definitely has a debut feel to it. I'm not saying that debut books are bad or any worse than books written by an author who has multiple books under his or her belt. I'm just saying that this
Kristie Elston
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dft-reviews
Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales:

Quick & Dirty: Dark Urban Fantasy where the bad guys always have the upper hand and a heroine that just wants to be good. A decent story but too many plot devices detract from the overall plot.

The Review:

I am a little on the fence about my review for Knight’s Curse. I love history and I really like it when an author takes something out of history books, especially something I’ve never heard of, and puts their
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Chalice has been sent on yet another mission to steal a magical artifact by the man who kidnapped and enslaved her as a child. It should have been an easy job, just like the countless other ones, but things go very wrong and she is unable to acquire it. While her life has never been easy, at least there was a fragile truce between her and her master. All that changes after her failure and her world is quickly turned upside down. She meets Aydin who is very like her. Together they will work toget ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
At age 13, Chalice was ripped from the only home she had ever known by an evil sorcerer and bonded to a gargoyle. The monks who raised her in the Lebanese countryside were murdered before her eyes so that no witnesses would be left behind. Except Chalice.

What makes Chalice such a prize? She was born with incredible skills, extremely acute hearing, sight, and smell, that require her to wear special contact lenses and filters just to interact with the world. Those extraordinary senses allow her to
Scooper Speaks
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Favorite Lines: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I’d see them coming long before they hurt me. I would hear them, too. Maybe even smell them. My abilities came in handy at times.” (p. 9, egalley)

Knight’s Curse is book one in Karen Duvall’s new urban fantasy series which follows a woman bonded into slavery as a child and the role she is to play in the future. It’s a cool idea and while I liked parts of the book I wasn’t blown away.

This book has angels, mages and demons. It has a secret
Cocktails and Books
For thirteen years, Chalice has been forced to steal artifacts for the man who abducted her from the only home she ever knew. He's used her differences to his and his organizations advantage while making life for Chalice a living hell.

It's on a mission for Gavin, her sorcerer captor, and his organization Vyantara, that she discovers there is more to the world she lives in than what she was led to believe. It's Aydin, a 900+ year old Turk warrior who helps her realize that her gifts are importan
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Knight’s Curse begins when Chalice is just a young girl, living with Maronite monks in a Lebanese villages. Orphaned, this is the only family Chalice has ever really known, and not only have they raised her, but they’ve also taught her some rather unusual skills. When a man thought to be her father comes to claim her, Chalice knows something is wrong, but is forced to go along with this menacing stranger. She is taken to l
Charlotte  Black
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you like books about knights, crusades and the battle for light over dark evil then this book is for you!

A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman senses to steal a precious magical artifact…or she must suffer the consequences.

Desperate to break the curse that ens
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It took me a while to decide to pick up Knight’s Curse. The cover copy sounded great but there was just something about it that had me putting it down when I was at the bookstore. But then, the other day, it seemed like the perfect fit so I ordered it and waited…and waited…for it to arrive. Thankfully, it finally showed up! And while I wasn’t compelled to read it in a single sitting, I did find it it be quite enjoyable. Here’s why:

The world that Karen Duvall has created is fantastic. I love the
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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I read Knights Curse a while back, after I came back from the Frankfurt Book Fair where it was recommended to me. The setting is truly intriguing and interesting, as we follow Chalice who has been kidnapped by a dark sorcerer when she was very little. She didn’t get much love and was trained to go hunting for magical artifacts. In order to keep her at bay, he cursed Chalice which makes her impossible to leave.
Chalice has a very intriguing background and I f
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chalice has had a rough life. Born to an angel and a Hatchet Knight, a female descended by angels with special powers, she should have had a nice life. Unfortunately, her mom dies giving birth to her and Chalice grows up in a monastery. When she turns thirteen, she is kidnapped by Gavin, a powerful member of the Vyantra, a secret group of thieves and sorcerers. Gavin treats Chalice horribly, bonding her to a gargoyle so that she can never leave for long. If she is away from her gargoyle for more ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

A break-neck romp set in a world populated with gargoyles, nephilim, demons, and angels, Knight's Curse was a fun diversion for a couple days. An easy read filled with action, different forms of magic/abilities, curses and female knights, this first adventure by Karen Duvall centers around the character of Chalice. Chalice is special, with unique abilities ("Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I'd see them coming before they hurt me. Maybe even smell them," she says in the first chapter) b
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
I love the world Duvall created here. Her use of gargoyles and other creatures - angels, the fae, etc. was wonderful. Our main character is Chalice. She has been the prisoner of an evil group called the Vyantara, who covet magical objects. They force her to use her powers of super sensitive senses to steal magical objects for them. To keep her "loyal" and from running off on them, they have bonded her with a gargoyle. If she does not check in with her gargoyle every few days, she herself starts ...more
Pamela Todd
Knight’s Curse was a modern-day tale of high adventure and virtue – the quest for what is right, and the ultimate battle over evil.

Chalice grew up in a monastery after her mother died after childbirth, and only met her father when he returned to claim her, and ensured she could never leave his side again. Chalice knows the man is not truly her father, but there was little she could do to overthrow him. Chalice is bonded with a gargoyle and cursed, so if she is parted from him the curse will tur
Bonnie Ramthun
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular story. Chalice, the heroine of Knight's Curse, is compelling and the pace is fast and intriguing. The urban fantasy world that Karen Duvall has created feels genuine and fully realized and best of all, the places and characters in this book are just flat out fun to read about. Although Chalice is a girl in a situation just about as bad as any you've read, her spirit and her hope keep the story from becoming buried in darkness. Chalice shines. Her love interest, Aydin, is a ...more
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Karen Duvall is a native Californian who grew up in Hawaii, lived in Colorado most of her adult life, and now lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She has three grown children and six grandchildren.

Karen has been telling stories since the age of three, when she wasn’t yet able to write but could tell her tales to her mother, who wrote them down for her. Illustra

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