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Children of the Knight

(The Lance Chronicles #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  63 reviews
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in Los Angeles?

This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores t
ebook, 344 pages
Published June 20th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 19th 2013)
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.

In this unique take on the tale of King Arthur, we find Arthur faced with a new world Camelot where he must lead a crusade of unwanted kids. This is a heartbreaking story of a world where kids are just tossed to the side. Arthur takes it upon himself to make sure all kids regardless of their background is accepted and loved. This is not an easy book to read because each chapter introduced us to more discarded children. It was
Michael Bowler
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a review from Neil in Morgan Hill that amazed me. Don't know if he's on Goodreads, but thank you, Neil!

Wonderful "What-If" fantasy set in modern day LA focused on lost children, June 25, 2013
By Neil in Morgan Hill
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a 5-Star rating for Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler. The message is timely and the challenge is real!

This modern day story combines the recreation of Camelot by a time
V.A. Dold
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel has lessons and messages that we can all stand to hear. We can often forget that all children even the street children who have been forgotten are a blessing.

This is King Arthur returned to present day LA. He is rebuilding the round table and his Knights are the street children and gangbanggers. He teaches them chivalry and how to be knightly. The message is use Might for Right. When given the choice many of these children who have never been loved and accepted jump at the chance to
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What some children go through no one should have to. It was interesting to see the fantasy mixed up with the real. I liked that the legend was used as a positive. I felt great sadness as I read. I did cry but I liked the hope that was given and I felt attached to all of the characters. I want to read more now. I hope the writer does write some more.
Billy Buttons
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered and was a gold winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:


Author: Michael J Bowler
Title: Children of the Knight

COVER: 10/10
The readers loved the cover. They thought the image of the girl holding the sword was apt for the story and genre and the lettering easy to read. They also enjoyed the blurb, pulling them into the book.

Our teenage readers very much enjoyed this story. They loved the central premise of Ki
Shambhawi P.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It has taken me a while to get my thoughts in this book sorted out to write a proper review. Bowler has penned a powerful fantasy with so many sides to it and I must admit the book has left a lasting impact on me. This book is different from all of the young adult fantasy crawling in the bookstores these days and for someone like me who is tired of the same washed up story being told again and again - different is definitely good.

I have always enjoyed reading Arthurian Legends. You can blame tha
4.5 stars
Learn to be brave by saying what's in your heart. You may not have the chance to say it before its too late. I think there is every human emotion packed into this story. This is the first in a series and it is amazingly powerful. As a resident in LA during Mayor Villarygosa's term in office it was a unique fantasy. The fantasy set up of the novel is extraordinary and the delivery is triumphant. I cannot wait to read the continuation!
Sammy Goode
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars

Powerful. This novel, Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler is powerful. Steeped in legend, King Arthur returns to discover a nation that has abandoned its own future. Reaching into the desperate streets of modern day Los Angeles, King Arthur sets out to save any child who will hear his call. It sounds fantastical--contrived and yet....this was one of the most impacting novels that I have ever read that focuses on the plight of the youth of today.

Page after page we meet one child
Sammy Goode
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.75 stars

Powerful. This novel, Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler is powerful. Steeped in legend, King Arthur returns to discover a nation that has abandoned its own future. Reaching into the desperate streets of modern day Los Angeles, King Arthur sets out to save any child who will hear his call. It sounds fantastical--contrived and yet....this was one of the most impacting novels that I have ever read that focuses on the plight of the youth of today.

Page after page we meet one child
E. Summers
Children of the Knight is one of those rare books that has something for everyone. For teens, there is friendship, adventure, a quest, heroes, and a message of unity and tolerance and real valor and strength coming from doing what’s right instead of blindly following someone else’s example for no good reason. For adults, there are messages as well, and a call for a critical evaluation of a system that does little to set kids on the right path but is all too willing to treat them as adults if the ...more
Huston Piner
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
I will make this short and straightforward. Children of the Knight is one of the most spell-binding, heart-stopping, inspiring books I have ever had the great pleasure to read. From beginning to end, the plot is complex, the characters three dimensional, the writing powerful and elegant. Indeed, Michael J Bowler is a powerful writer with a gift unparalleled. I can't praise it enough.
September 2018
I first encountered the series in 2015 and was amazed at Bowler’s mastery of the writing craft.
Mia Kerick
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages, YA

I don’t have much time to read for pleasure anymore. I’m usually either writing or editing or promoting my books. When I do decide to read, and subsequently review, a novel, it is usually for a specific purpose; in this case I sought out Children of the Knight because I had “met” the book’s author, Michael Bowler, on Facebook and I had quickly become impressed by his compassion for children and his overall positive view of life. I wanted to know how he would express himself as an author. And so
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Children of the Knight” is an amazing book. Both during and after reading this great book you will be filled with mixed emotions. There were times where I felt anger, happiness, excitement, and sadness because I remembered things that happened to me as a child and I even felt like crying.
Once you get started in the book it will be hard to put it down. You will always crave more. I got in trouble at work because I went overtime on my break or lunch because I would say to my self “just one more p
Children of the Knight, by Michael J Bowler, has an excellent plotline and a powerful feel for the needs and hurts of inner city children. King Arthur returns, as legend predicted, but to Los Angeles, USA, instead of England, to aid the multicultural youth of a youthful nation rapidly losing its way. The lessons are wise, with an honest no-holds-barred approach to young people and the wounds—physical, sexual, and mental—that drive them to gangs and homelessness, or simply rebellion. The LA teen ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Children of the Knight has been read and reviewed by a new guest blogger this week. Thank you to Josh :) Review can be found at
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Now I want to read it. I have read it.

This book is different. It take the Arthurian theme and places it in modern-day LA. It looks at disenfranchised, abused youth, including teens trying to come to grips with, and learning to like, who they are. Arthu
Jo Ann
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites
I do not usually write reviews, I generally find something I like in every book I read. Every once in a while though something comes along that just grabs you, holds you, and will not let you go. This is one of them for me. The premise of this novel; King Arthur, the Children and what Mr Bowler does with the story-line is just, to me, amazing. It is SO needed in today's society! Who, but the children, fight FOR the children! If I could make this required reading in all schools, colleges, book cl ...more
Betsy Ryan dalpino
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a fantasy where King Arthur comes to modern day Los Angeles, gathers a band of homeless children and former gang members and trains them as knights. They all work together to change their lives and their neighborhoods. The novel deals with many issues that plague modern society... poverty, homelessness, children's rights, corrupt politicians, meth labs, single parent homes, child abuse and LGBT relationships. The characters are real and believable, the story is action-packed and fu ...more
Heather Way
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**** This was sent to me for a honest review**

Wow this book had an amazing story at one point I was crying to the point That I felt the words expressed through the the way Michael had wrote them.. It was amazing to picture every scene in my head and even the very sad parts.. King Arthur stories have been my favorite most of my life so reading this twist on his story was very exciting !!

Dallas Vinson
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
what a truly great book and addition to the Arthurian lore. such a bittersweet ending though.
Would love to see the crusade expand to other major cities.
Angela (Books of a Shy Girl)
Children of the Knight by Michael J. Bowler is a Young Adult contemporary fantasy book. One day, tags start to appear in the various neighborhood of Los Angeles, creating fights among gangs. A man, who consider himself Arthur of Camelot starts his own crusade and his warriors are children.

The Los Angeles portrayed by the author is a city where there are very few angels. Adults have stopped caring about their younglings, letting them free to do as they want, roaming in the dark streets, selling t
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Book: Children of the Knight
Giveaway: 2014 Blog Tour

*I was given a free copy for an honest review*

This is a really tough review to write (and I think the longest one I've ever written too) because my opinions changed a good deal over the course of the book, but my first impressions and attitude toward this book wouldn't leave me either. I have been going back and forth over points, thinking about this story constantly, and I ended up feeling that it deserves a 3.5 ratin
Elnora Romness
An English professor that I once had stated that what makes good fiction is "the unexpected". Kids in unexpected circumstances. Unexpected weather. Historical figures doing unexpected things, etc. We've all likely heard of King Arthur. But what about when he unexpectedly shows up in present-day downtown L.A.?

I laughed. I cried. I felt. Simply put, this is easily one of the best books I've read in the past five years. King Arthur surprises everyone by showing up in downtown L.A. r
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children of the Knight is a by author Michael J. Bowler. Lance is a fourteen-year-old orphan living on the street of LA. After a near death experience, Lance’s life changes forever. Lance’s savior claims to be the one and only King Arthur. The armored, sword fighting, horse riding knight is trying to collect cast-off children like Lance to start a revolution and a new Camelot.
I was super excited to read this book because I love King Arthur stories. The book is fun, exciting, and a great advent
Nathan Sims
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’m a selfish S.O.B. No, it’s true. I am.

I know this because of the barometer by which I gauge myself: my partner.

Like countless others we have those conversations about what we would do if we won the lottery. Tom wants to open a privately-funded homeless shelter that doesn’t get mired in all the bureaucratic red tape. Or maybe it’s a senior citizen home? See, I’m too selfish to remember.

Me? I want to quit my job and focus entirely on writing. Priorities: gotta have 'em.

I’m not proud of this
M.M. Hudson
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard about this book I thought it had to be absolutely cool because it was about King Arthur coming back to modern times and having his knights of the round table.

In actuality, I was right and oh so wrong! The book is about King Arthur coming back to modern times but that is pretty much where it begins and ends. Having the round table as we know it from history is nothing like I had ever read.


The story opens with a gang war about to happen in o
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"There can be no clearer revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" Nelson Mandela

What can you say about the soul of a society in which children are prisoned as adults with little to no resources for rehabilitation or alternative? Should anyone be surprised that these children, if and when put back into society, often return to prison?

What can you say about the soul of a society in which curriculum standards become more important than actually educating children
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, unique story that blends an age old legend with the harsh reality of modern times. Legend has it that when Britain needs him the most, King Arthur will return but instead returns to modern day Los Angeles. The characters interact wonderfully with each other and their back stories brought on a whole range of emotions. King Arthur and Lance's interactions were heartfelt and often at times comical. The characters response to certain situations were appropriate and relatable, especially ...more
Shawna Briseno
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretend, if you will, that the legendary King Arthur has magically and mysteriously arrived in present-day Los Angeles. Gangs, poverty, despair, crime, children abandoned to the streets…these are all very real current problems in any major city, and Los Angeles has more than its fair share.

The story centers around fourteen-year-old Lance. A classic street child, he’s experienced every form of abuse and neglect at his young age. With the exception of his English teacher, when he does go to school
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lance has lived most of his life on the streets. Though he's been able to dodge the system, he knows it won't be much longer until it catches up with him. He's yearns for a normal life, to have a family that loves him. Yet he knows such a thing may never be likely. He's endured so much pain and heartache that he's afraid of letting someone else get close to him.

Until he meets the man who claims to be the legendary King Arthur. It's then that everything changes. Arthur has shown him a kindness an
J.g. Murphy
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have worked with youth for over 30 years. I've seen the effects of Zero Tolerance, juveniles moved to adult courts, incarceration, "intervention projects". So Children of the Knight struck home.

King Arthur returns when his country (in this case, the US since it was a British colony at one point, apparently) needs him most. He gathers around him new knights - the young people who have been discarded, ignored, abused, and he sets out on a quest to show the value of the youth that he has gath
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, b ...more

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