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A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth

(Knight's Tale #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Warwickshire, England, 1260. Will Talbot is leaving home at fourteen to spend the next few years in training at nearby Kenilworth Castle as a squire. Kenilworth is the home of the ambitious Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is married to Eleanor, the youngest sister of King Henry III. Will's adjustment to life at the castle is made easier by his growing love for St ...more
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published September 19th 2017
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Knight's Tale is a perfect example that mere adhesion to the politics of a particular historical moment does not historical fiction make. So much so that the sucess of this novel will most likely depend on how immersive an experience the reader expects from a fictional work that sets out to recreate the 13th century through a first-person narrative strewn with terms such as 'mechanical' (the first known usage of the word date
Ulysses Dietz
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Knight’s Tale: Kenilworth
By Gabriella West
Published 2017 by the author
Four stars

Set against the backdrop of historical reality in the high Middle Ages, this is the story of Will Talbot, fatherless son of a minor country squire, who is taken into the household of the fifth Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montfort. Will is training to be a knight, and is assigned to act as squire to one of the ambitious earl’s sons. For a country boy who has grown up in relative isolation, the world of Kenilworth ca
Aug 17, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at right now: ...more
*I received a free copy through the M/M Romance Group DBML program in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

Synopsis: Will is sent to be a squire, and eventually a knight, when he is fourteen years old, which is a little old to be leaving home, but circumstances prevented him arriving earlier. Upon his arrival, he is roomed with Stephen, who is an outcast among the other boys, and servants. Will, however, likes Stephen, and even though they don't associate much out of their room, they do come t
Tex Reader
3.0 of 5 stars - Nice Rom Set In Interesting Medieval England.
[Thanks to the author and Goodreads' MMRG Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest review]

I love gay historicals, especially that of knights; so, my hopes were up for this one. While not fully met, the romance itself was nice; and even if the historical aspects were more background, they depicted an interesting period to frame the romance for those who prefer romance over history.

Gabriella West’s style was e
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was potential here and the bones of a good story but overall I was disappointed with this one. I love historical fiction and am interested in the era the book is set in- but there was too much modern phraseology and terminology used throughout the course of the book and I found it jarring. I also found it hard to believe or connect with some of the characters who just blurted their inner feelings out in an unrealistic manner quite regularly. Big chunks of exposition in places,when I really ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tightly rendered, character-driven, coming-of-age m/m historical romance well worth your time

A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth is a carefully conceived, well-paced novel in which the writing is paired down, direct, and minimal - a literary choice that is highly effective in conveying the thoughts, impressions, and experiences of its young protagonist, Will Talbot. At age 14, Will comes to Kenilworth Castle to squire for the local Earl's sons after the death of his father. He quickly befriends Tom, a
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m torn by this whole series

I’m sure I would have liked it better if I hadn’t read the second one first and been confused enough to discover this one. I think it’s very important to clearly mark each book in a series. It’s a disservice to readers not to.

The character of Stephen is weak. He’s weak in the second book too. I wanted to like him both times but he’s written in such a blah way. Maybe he’s supposed to be mysterious or something. It seems the author likes him because he turns out ok, b
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a story of a young man’s path into adulthood whilst in training for Knighthood with a touch of M/M romance. William Talbot’s father died a few years ago and his new stepfather is eager to be rid of him. Will is sent to the Castle at Kenilworth to train as a squire destined for knighthood as his father once did. We get to follow his journey of self-discovery where relationships are formed and loyalty is tested.

The writing is an admirable effort on keeping the medieval era book accurate, b
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Al Cate
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It started out fast and never let up! With the mixture of war and battles, love scenes and plain old sex it was pretty darn good read.

It may not be historical correct in every little detail, but if you are reading only for history forget it.
This book is about sex!! Hot sex between 3 men off and on but ends on a very good note. The sex scenes were hot but always tasteful. Not raunchy sex

Now all I have to do is scrape up the $4.00 for the follow-up. The sex scenes were hot but always tasteful. Not
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this medieval romance. Will is leaving his home to become a squire for the Montfort’s at Castle Kenilworth. While they he shares a room with Stephen, a chaplain’s clerk and they develop a relationship. When they are separated Will vows to reunite, but will they? Lots of drama and intrigue. The story is fast paced and really draws you in. A good read.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great plot with well developed characters pulled me right in from the very first page and the characters kept me totally engaged until the turn of the very last page!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a freebie in exchange for an honest review and one I am glad to give. Enjoyed the book, the storyline embedded well within the historical fued in medieval England. Well crafted mixing the romance between young Will and Stephen as well as between young Simon and Will. The brutality of the era, being a Knight, squire, member of a household of a ruling nobility family is very well covered. It is not a quick read as it takes some time to devour the contents within the chapters, th ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, and a good read, with interesting historical background. There are occasional anachronisms, such as black swans (about 400 years too early), but overall the book seems to be well researched The heart of the book is the relationships, which are tenderly handled. We are, of course, left hanging to some extent, and intended to buy the next in the series.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love and loss and learning to live within the castle rules. A nice adventure of a story.
Jenn (not Lily)
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story, beautifully written!
Tony Williamson,jr.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read!

If you are like me and love a great historical book, this is a great one. Laced with intrigue, love, and battles for supremacy, this book measures up.
Frank Salisbury
Jan 08, 2021 is currently reading it
I finished this book so long ago I can't remember what I thought of it.
A.R. Jarvis
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF. Writing too slow, relationship too fast. Helped me fall asleep once or twice, though.
Matthew Begin
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May 30, 2020
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Sep 29, 2020
I was and am still confused. I have no idea what the main pairing of this story is supposed to be. While I like that idea in theory, the execution leaves me just...confused.
It’s not poorly written but the characters lack depth and spark. I didn’t get a sense of chemistry from any of the characters. There is a lot of historical info dumped on you in random parts. Because I am not familiar with this history, the dump of info is totally lost on me and I’m not sure why I’m supposed to care? I liked
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Born in California, grew up in Ireland, moved to the Bay Area in 1988.

I'm the author of 7 LGBT-themed novels, including "Time of Grace" and "Elsie Street." Two recent books are set in England in the 13th century. "A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth" explores the events of the Second Barons' War through the eyes of a squire, Will, living in Simon de Montfort's household. Book 2 was published in March 2018

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