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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Welcome to Kensrik, a world vividly imagined by Dylan Madeley, in which his debut fantasy novel The Gift-Knight’s
Quest is set. His book follows the youngest descendants of two families that have traditionally been enemies: the
Kenderleys, who now rule the world’s largest empire, and the Wancyeks, who have been reduced to common status.

“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing (first published March 26th 2015)
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May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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E-book gifted by NetGalley for review

The Gift-Knight's Quest is the story that follows the two main characters, Derek, a wayward young man that wants nothing more than to escape the world he knows, and a father who never lets him forget his shortcomings, and Chandra, a princess that is thrust into leadership as a result of the death of both her parents.

The author has created such a wonderful fantasy world with interesting and in-depth characters. What might seem the usual run of the mill
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Dylan Madeley’s epic fantasy novel, The Gift Knight’s Quest, focuses around two primary protagonists: Derek and Chandra. Derek is a young man serving in the military of his small country and whose family are descended from former nobles. His father is bitter and focused only on what the family has lost and believes that Derek should seek retribution for their losses. Chandra, is the illegitimate daughter of the King of Kensrik. She has been raised within the palace, yet is completely overlooked ...more
David Baird
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Gift-Knight's Quest follows two main characters, Derek and Chandra. Both have led very different lives and a family feud from years past has the potential to resurface.

I felt the plot was strong, I liked the idea of these two meeting, the trust issues that would ensue thanks to the family history. Blood is thicker than water so they say..

This isn’t the fantasy tale I’m used to, it’s more of a fiction tale but you are teased with little bits about powers we’ve not yet witnessed which
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Gift-Knight’s Quest is a high-fantasy book about a world with its own laws and inner-logic. The society operates differently from the present day, but at the same time the characters’ actions follow a defined set of rules, and this is essential to bring a whole new world to life. I found particularly interesting how succession lines are established in such a way that they end up selecting the most peaceful and patient men to rule. It’s a system highly influenced by chance.
Curiously, Derek,
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected and this is a good thing. I loved the world building in this fantasy adventure, creating an entirely new society with its own culture and laws and inhabitants. The story line was very complex but I still went along for the ride. There was not too much backstory and explanation for me and I liked this part as well. The story centers around two people, Chandra and Derek, who are from royal families. If you like fantasy, you should check out this book. * I received ...more
S.K. Gregory
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an entertaining fantasy novel with a rich cast of characters. It moved along at a good pace and I think Derek in particular was an interesting read. It kept my interest and unlike some fantasy stories, it didn't get bogged down with descriptions. There was a clear story and goals for the main characters. I would recommend it to fantasy readers.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. With its fantastic writing and interesting characters, the Gift-Knights Quests is a book worth reading more than once. Worth the time and five stars.
Daniel Norrish
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great book, and a wicked series. I read the second instalment first, then needed to back-track and read the first. If you enjoy a thoroughly unique world with engaging characters, you’ll love this book!
Dharia Scarab
Since there are plenty of reviews that discuss the storyline, I won't be going into details of the plot. Personally, I prefer to read books blind, rather than know what to expect thanks to details leaked on the back cover.

This was a interesting story, I'd classify it as medieval political fantasy.

This is the first book in what looks to be a series set in fantasy world of knights and kings, intrigue and long held disputes.

Told from various points of view, the first half of the book jumps back and
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

The Gift Knight’s Quest features Derek, a young soldier who has been sent on a mission to the royal court. He is a descendant of a rival dynasty and is torn between revenge and honour. On the other hand is Chandra, a young woman whose parents recently died, leaving her to take up the task of running the kingdom alone.
Reading this book left me with conflicted feelings with regards to whether I like the story or not. The author is a
Kristin Hinkle
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Upon reading “The Gift Knight’s Quest” by Dylan Madeley, I felt as though I was having conflicted feelings. Having never read anything written by this author until now, I dove in with an open mind.

At first, I felt pulled into the book and deeply interested. The author, Dylan Madeley, is a very talented writer and has a way of describing detail. Dylan Madeley is very imaginative and through out the book readers can see how much of his talent with words makeup the book. The main characters,
Ana Beatriz Esteves
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
This novel tells the story of two decendants of two families, the Wancyeks and the Kenderleys, who have been enemies for ages.
Trough this book you're able to read the story in different points of view and in different times, since the ancestor's story is told at the same time present event are being told. By looking trough the eyes of various characthers you enter a world where you can't decide who's right and who's wrong!
Alyssa Campbell
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Full Review at: Bright Copy Book Review

*this book was given to me by the author in order to give an honest review for the sequel (coming up)*

I don't want the 3 star rating to make it seem like I didn't enjoy this, because I did.

It's one of those stories that you emerge into in the middle of the action, and you have to be quick to pick up the characters (which unfortunately I am horrible at), but if you can pay attention to those sort of details, you'll like this fine.

I did feel like some of the
Dylan Madeley
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written
Can't imagine this review's going to stay up, as I am the author. Yet the site keeps giving me the option so I thought I would see if it was possible.

The book does start with a large amount of world building in anticipation of its two sequels. The narrative structure sometimes gets to be reminiscent of "Behold the Man" or a Cornelius novel in its time-hopping, but step back a moment and see that the main character's journey is simply being shown in parallel with his ancestor having ridden down
Angela Lambkin
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found it to be a good clean read. But not for me! I am sure it was a well-written story about knighthood and knights saving their kingdoms and the King and Quinn But I just am not into this I guess and found it boring and hard to really get thrilled with it. The author did try to help paint the ideas of this story and maybe too much of it and or narration on his part. So, I would definitely from reading it my self who's in her sixty's too would,recommend this ebook for adults only and those ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Gift-Knight's Quest is a beautifully written fantasy that takes you on a fun journey through the fascinating world of Kenrik.

The book is very well-written. Madeley takes his time using imagination to create this amazing world. The characters are highly developed. No one-dimensional characters in this book. Madeley takes his time and introduces his characters with care, which in turn makes the reader care. Derek and Chandra are really quite perfect. I ran the gamut of emotions reading the
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story follows two main characters, Derek, a man that wants to escape the world he knows, and Chandra, a princess that after her parents' death became a part of a leadership. The world is absolutely amazing, and I loved it, and I wish I could read more of it. It was such a great novel!
I loved the characters, they were flesh and blood characters, they weren't flat like the ones I usually read about, and I have to thank the author and NetGalley for this. Finally a story that deserves to be
Victoria Roberts
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was very enjoyable to read. I loved the political intrigue, the descriptions of the characters and places, and most importantly of all, the story! I will admit to being underwhelmed with the beginning as it was very slow and at times a little tedious to read; however, that was only the first few chapters then the story took off and just kept going. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that the author is planning on a sequel because I need to know what is going to happen next!!

Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

This is the debut novel of Dylan Madeley and since it is a fantasy novel in a medieval like setting it was right up my alley. But to be honest, I have some mixed feelings about this book.

First I want to talk about the good stuff, because it was definitely there without question.If you follow my reviews you might have discovered that I love elaborate world building. This includes a description of the world itself, the society,
Chris Harvey
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, though it is called ‘The Gift-Knights Quest’, it tends to follow Chandra more closely than Derek (the gift-knight); and to be truthful I feel she is a more interesting character. The political intrigue and plotting going on made for her story to be a little more rounded. I did like Derek but felt he gave into urges too often, there was a clearer struggle in him as to kill the Kenderley monarch or not, but he felt a little weak, whereas Chandra was much stronger. Although, ...more
Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

A 3*

“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht could not have lived and ruled for many long years, or why it was so urgent that she ascend immediately.”

I bought this book from a fellow writer on twitter. The name was interesting and the description, intriguing. I wanted to love this book so much, but I was mildly disappointed.

D.Madeley immerses us in a well-developed world, but it takes too much of a time. I think it was around 25% of the book when I was still
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought the Gift knight at a convention I frequent perhaps a year and a half ago and I am glad I got around to it. The short review is that it is a thoroughly enjoyable work of Fantasy which focuses tightly on two people in two very different situations who both have to deal with personal isolation. It has a bit of epic fantasy in there, a very nice feel for the history of it's world and was well worth the read.

The Book highlights around a set of fantasy Nations. One is an old Empire, the most
Ellie Midwood
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly epic tale, “The Gift-Knight’s Quest” is one of those stories that would look amazing on the big screen. The world building was wonderfully executed and I could easily picture the kingdoms, the armies, the kings and queens in all their vividness thanks to the author’s outstanding imagination. Derek and Chandra were wonderful central characters; I particularly loved Chandra for her being wise beyond her years and tackling an uneasy task of ruling a kingdom fairly and honorably despite the ...more
Emily Lynne
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. The Gift-Knight's Quest is a great blend of political fantasy/adventure centered around two kingdoms that have an unresolved feud. It was interesting to see how unrelated descendants of a historic inter-family problem were faced with the decision to avenge their lineage or create a peaceful future for the family name. While I very much enjoyed the book at times, I did find that it was ...more
Audrey Rich
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Medieval Story

This story started off a bit slow for me but picked up to the point that I needed to find out what happened next.

I really liked Chandra, Jan, and Dereck's characters. The author knows how to build up his characters and I could feel what they were going through.

There are vivid descriptions of the palace and the world outside the palace, which made me want to visit.

This book has adventure, a long-standing hatred, treason, intrigue, and everything else that can come from
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters were well-described, realistic and vivid. I could feel what they were feeling and the struggles they were going through. Kensrik is a richly crafted medieval world. I liked the flashbacks which told about Derek’s father and the history behind some of the main story lines. For me this keeps it more interesting than learning all of the backstory right up front. At times the feel of this book reminded me of The Hero and the Crown. Totally different story and no ...more
Shade Rachea
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was an interesting book to read! Filled with adventure, treachery and medieval-like things, I loved every second of it and how detailed and descriptive everything was. The author does a good job with world-building and character building. I couldn’t stop reading, needing to know what was going to happen next. The book does ends on a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to read the next book. I love Derek and Chandra and can’t wait to see what happens with their characters. Maybe they’ll
Louise Jackson
Make sure you set aside a whole evening for this epic fantasy tale because once you get into the book it becomes a real page turner that you will find impossible to put down.

The authors writing style draws you in with every word. I loved the descriptive scene setting and well built characters, especially the beginning chapters that at first seemed a little too involved and complex, but soon became so important in explaining the reasons behind Derek's character and actions. Everything ends up
Genevieve Raas
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intricate fantasy novel with fantastic world building!

The author does a fantastic job creating his world, making you feel part of this expansive fantasy land. The plot is complex, and there are numerous threads that run throughout the story that keep you hooked.

Where the story shines is with its characters. They are real, true, and richly developed. I loved watching them unfold, and how their individual stories pushed the plot forward.

Highly recommended for anyone that loved epic/high
Trudie Collins
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dylan has created a world full of political intrigue and ancient blood feuds. It has a decent storyline and interesting characters. There is no magic or mythical creatures yet, which makes a refreshing change.

The history is told by the means of flash backs. Other than the fact that it is confusing at first, as it is not clear when a scene is set in the past, once you get used to the characters so you can figure it out, it works well.

I plan on reading book 2.
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Dylan Madeley is a Torontonian currently working out of a headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. He is the copy editor of and a frequent contributor to Auxiliary Magazine, an alternative fashion and music zine.

His first published novel, The Gift-Knight’s Quest, was released on May 28, 2015. The Crown Princess' Voyage, its sequel, was released on Amazon May 1, 2017, and on Kobo in July of that year. The
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