Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Realm of Knights (Knights of the Realm, #1)” as Want to Read:
Realm of Knights (Knights of the Realm, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Realm of Knights

(Knights of the Realm #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.

In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in th
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Reign Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Realm of Knights, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Willow Anne It never really says...none of the characters in the two series overlap, and (as far as I could tell) neither did the countries. The only similarity i…moreIt never really says...none of the characters in the two series overlap, and (as far as I could tell) neither did the countries. The only similarity is that they have a similar laws and political systems in both books. Hope this helps! :)(less)
Leah Alvord This is a planned trilogy and it occurs in the same world as her True Reign and Reign of Secrets series, but does not directly relate to them.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.92  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,462 ratings  ·  251 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Realm of Knights (Knights of the Realm, #1)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
***4 stars***

I don't think I ever expected to like this as much as I did, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about this fantasy world of knights. A promising start to the series.

Full rtc!
NAT.orious reads ☾
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 knighted ★★★★✩
This book is for you if… you enjoy ya although that genre might have let you down recently. There is more plot than romance but you'll still get some lovin'. The writing and world-building is excellent, although there needs to be some more engagement with side-characters to make the story feel more genuine. Light cliffhanger ahead.

Loool y'all, have you ever tracked a book on GR just to realize you've been actually reading a different book? Hands up if you're gu
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, fantasy
A promising start to a new series.

As with most of Ms. Davis’ books, this is a clean and typical YA. If you’ve read any of her other books, the writing style is the same. Simple and straight forward. Some things were quite predictable, but that might just be me.

- A strong-willed heroine who can actually hold her own in a fight
- Mysterious Third Prince who isn’t a love interest and is actually dedicated to his job
- Smart and friendly princess who treats the heroine as an equal
- Heroine‘s
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
*Got the advance reading copy from NetGalley!

This book had the potential to be great but it wasn't executed very well.

I loved the plot, It reminded me of Mulan in the sense that the MC was pretending to be a man. The difference is that her dad was the one that thought of the idea from when she was young. This is illegal in her society so when one of the Princes finds out, She was given a choice: It was either she joins the army and uses her advantage of a woman pretending to be a man, or her and
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Realm of Knights
Author – Jennifer Anne Davis
Series – Knights of the Realm
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – September 10, 2019
Genre – YA Fantasy
Rating – 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story

Jennifer Anne Davis is one of my favorite fantasy writers and she is always my “go to” author when I’m in a fantasy funk and need to be pulled out.

And…she didn’t disappoint with Realm of Knight
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
'To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.'

I am tentatively hyped for this
Nen & Jen
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2 STARS

Realm of Knights was an empowering delight to read. Rich description brought to life a medieval setting that inspired my recent obsession with historically-set books. Well-developed characters were also at the forefront of my reasons for liking this book. This story vividly portrayed the internal conflict of being forced in to harsh situations for the sake of one’s family. Realm of Knights was an advocate for female power as well as gender equality in a time setting that was not k
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
A super-interesting plot with heaps of potential, which was unfortunately suppressed by mediocre execution, cut-out characters, and semi-odd pacing.

Due to legal and social issues preventing women from inheriting land and titles in the kingdom of Marsden, Reid has spent her entire life pretending to be a man. I had high expectations for her, but unfortunately she became an unrealistic Mary-Sue of sorts. She becomes (view spoiler)
Marta Cox
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
I spotted this and couldn't resist because it's a girl dressing as a boy trope and frankly I was reminded certainly initially of Mulan. Now there the similarities end because Lord Reid ( or do I mean Lady Reid ? ) is just pretending to be male due to old-fashioned ideas about who can inherit.
Initially the author had me convinced that Reid was fighting on the right side but as this story progressed both this reader and indeed our protagonist Reid starts to get serious doubts ! I enjoyed the juxt
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2 STARS

This is a very difficult book to rate and review for me. In the end I went with 3,5 stars that I rated down to 3 in the rating system, which to me is a book that has some enjoyable elements but that had some things present as well that had me 2nd guessing and wishing for more. Upping it to 4 stars was just a bit too much for me (but having being able to rate exactly 3,5 stars would’ve been perfect. GR really needs to change their rating system, ugh)

I am super intrigued by all char
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Realm of Knights is a young adult fantasy book and is the start of the Knights of the Realm series by author Jennifer Anne Davis. To say I was excited when I first heard about this novel, and series being releases, is a huge understatement. Fantasy is my favorite genre by far, and Jennifer Anne Davis has written one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. (Her Reign of Secrets series is EPICALLY AMAZING, if you ha ...more
I. B.
Rating - 3 stars

As I review this book, I will try to constantly remind myself that this is marketed as a YA book. I would like to start off by saying that I would have loved this book all the more if it had been written for adults--I think the whole idea of a Duke raising his daughter to be a man, and suddenly this daughter is thrown into a giant political war because she is the only female in the kingdom who knows how to fight (because of the tight gender reforms), is a captivating idea. I real
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with all series by Jennifer Anne Davis, I enjoyed this well-written YA fantasy. Reid is an easy character to relate to and root for. The tale begins on her eighteenth birthday, as she is biding her time until one of her sisters gives birth to a boy, so that Reid can finally be known as a Lady and stop pretending to be the Lord and heir to her father’s dukedom. Instead, two royal princes make a surprise visit to her father’s castle, discover her secret almost immediately, and insist that she j ...more
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
What drew me originally was the cover. The story started as an interesting one. The writing style was easy to follow.

I was glad that the story was told from one point of view . I missed that.

I loved the friendship here especially with Harlan.I hated the father in the beginning. He wanted the power even if that cost him his daughter's happiness or even personality.but after a while, I saw his love for her but still it wasn't okay to do that.

I liked the princes.They both had their strengt
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2.5/5

Review: There have been quite a few novels set in the Knightly era, where a girl tries pulling off being a man for various reasons. So where does this work stand among the masses? Read on!

What really stood out to me were the characters. Just patterned and bland. Take for instance Reid. Sword fighting boy whom gawks and then blushes at the site of her manly prince’s ripply muscles. She is a covert operative that fails at everything because there is always some royal to bail her out.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get to read an early copy of this book because Jennifer Anne Davis is one of my favorite authors. This is book one of a new series and has many twists and turns. This book kept me guessing the whole time and when I read the last line, I immediately wanted to read the next book!
Willow Anne
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a super fun adventure story that I just randomly decided to start reading, and I'm so glad that I did.

I really liked the main character, Reid Ellington, because she could take care of herself in a world where women were thought of as extremely frail. I do wish that she had stayed a bit stronger after she had been discovered though. After pretending to be a guy her entire life, I don't think she could or would just switch to a girl mentality overnight.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I completely purchased this book on a whim. I didn’t even really know what it was about until I started reading it and oh my god, I didn’t stop until I finished it.

- The writing was good and the author didn’t use any flowery language that stopped the flow of the story. It fitted the age of the character well.
- I really liked the plot. It kind of reminded me of a less modern version of She’s the Man and I liked that we got the perspective of Reid being a boy and a girl.
- I think the love in
Nov 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-outs, own, ebook
11/14/20 Free on Kindle right now!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Realm of Knights is the first entry in the Knights of the Realm series, and my first foray into the works of Jennifer Anne Davis. The cover and blurb are what originally caught my attention, and I went into this book with high expectations for a solid YA tale of female empowerment and one wild adventure. This is a story of equality, and fighting for what you believe in, regardless of how futile it may seem. It’s of doing what’s right for the safety and betterment of your friends and family, and ...more
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars!
*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
For more book reviews check out my blog: Dreamy Addictions

This was a typical YA fantasy but I still enjoyed reading it because I love reading books with these themes where a girl disguises herself as a boy. Although I had issues, I had fun reading this book. Reid was a pretty likable character but I honestly didn't enjoy her infatuation with one of the characters. It was too insta-love
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wild adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. The characters are interesting, the world building is immersive, and the adventures abound, you won’t want to put it down.

We start off with a brief introduction to Reid and her daily life, which quickly gets interrupted by a set of visitors the family was not prepared for. After an awkward interaction with their new guests, things get into motion. Reid is quickly outed by the visitors from the new King’s convoy, namely his br
1.5/5 Stars 🌟

The Realm of Knights is a story about a girl named Reid who disguised herself as a boy. Reid was pronounced as a boy at birth by her father so that Reid would be able receive the heir of the estate (only boys can receive the heir). Reid is the last daughter of five and now has to live her life as a boy in public only really.
As Reid matures into a woman, she struggles with keeping her true identity a secret because she no longer feels comfortable as a boy anymore. We see Reid also st
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader

I knew I was going to like this book, but I was wrong. I ended up loving this book, I underestimated how much I would enjoy this and that makes me so happy.

Davis is plot and character driven, her world building is easily worked in but not the focus, and it works well, she's slowly peeling back the layers of her world as you experience them through Reid's discoveries of the land.

I am a sucker for girls dressing up as boys trope and this delivered in spades,
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Realm of Knights is the first installment in author Jennifer Anne Davis' Knights of the Realm series. 18-year old Reid Ellington lives in the land of Marsden where women have no rights, nor can they inherit land from their fathers. They are basically cannon fodder for political reasons. Reid is the youngest daughter of 5 who has to play the part of a man until one of her married sisters has a son. Reid has spent 18 years hidin
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, dnf
I'm going to be honest with you here:
I hated everything about this. And I only read about twenty pages, if that.

The writing style did not work for me at all, and Reid was an entitled, unlikeable character. In the few pages I read, she talked about how she wouldn't sleep in the servants quarter (on her birthday!!!) multiple times and, frankly, it was annoying as fuck.

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing this ARC!
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked this book up solely because it had a narrator that I adored. I needed something I could immerse myself in and I wanted to go for a narrator that I've enjoyed and felt sucked into the story through her voices. I'm also having difficulty getting into books lately so I wanted to pick something that was on the shorter side.

I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't get behind it. The plotline is pretty generic and I've seen this trope done before a bunch of times. The MC is a gi
Amanda Deur
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
So this book had some typical YA elements but also some that were not so common which I loved!
I think Jennifer Anne Davis wrote a fun and entertaining book with well-rounded characters and lots of twists. Perhaps a little too many. Review continues under the plot.

Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.

In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservien
Clockwork bibliophile
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an arc of this book in exchange for honest review.

In a kingdom where women aren't allowed to inherit properties, Reid had to spend her whole life pretending to be a man so that she can inherit her father's. property. So one day when one of the princes discovers her true identity and sees her sparring with a sword, he offers her to join a secret organisation for assassins and spies known as the Realm of Knights. To save her family from being c
Kayla Gallup
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reid was raised as a man because her mom died and her father wanted to keep his title and lands. When the Princes find out her secret, she is forced to choose to help the Princes or allow her dad to be stripped of his land and titles as well as go to jail. She chooses to help them. From there she goes on missions.
I really love Reid and how not everything came easy to her. I loved the royalty in both countries and want more and more world building from it, which I hope to see in book two. The on
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Hunt (The Twisted Kingdoms, #1)
  • Of Beast and Beauty (Daughters of Eville, #1)
  • Silver Wolf (The Sworn Saga, #2)
  • Red Rider (The Sworn Saga, #1)
  • The Rook (The Twisted Kingdoms, #2)
  • Court's Fool (The Aermian Feuds #6)
  • Spy's Mask (The Aermian Feuds #5)
  • Black Veil (The Sworn Saga, #3)
  • Rebel's Blade (The Aermian Feuds, #1)
  • Crown of Secrets (The Hidden Mage, #1)
  • Crown's Shield (The Aermian Feuds, #2)
  • Fierce Heart (Elven Alliance, #1)
  • The Price for Peace (Royal Factions #1)
  • Tweet Cute
  • Enemy's Queen (The Aermian Feuds, #3)
  • Crown of Danger (The Hidden Mage, #2)
  • Forest of Firelight (The Riven Kingdoms, #1)
  • When Wishes Bleed (When Wishes Bleed, #1)
See similar books…
Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer. Jennifer is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013), winner of the Kindle Book Awards (2018), a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2014), and a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards (2014).


Other books in the series

Knights of the Realm (3 books)
  • Shadow Knights (Knights of the Realm, #2)
  • Hidden Knights (Knights of the Realm, #3)

News & Interviews

  Jenny Lawson is the funniest person you know. And if you don’t know her, just read one of her books and she becomes the funniest person you...
64 likes · 9 comments