If you’ve ever read The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, then this next offering will seem sweetly familiar. While the protagonist doesn’t choose to hide her gender of her own accord, she faces many of the same challenges that Alanna did.
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Realm of Knights
Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication date: September 10th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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 the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
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From the Author: Just One of the Boys
As a child, it was easy for Reid to pretend to be a boy. As long as her hair didn’t get too long, she could easily wear pants and tunics, blending right in with the boys her own age. She would run around, play games with the boys, and she even learned to fight.
However, as Reid started to get older, things stated to become more complicated. She finds herself needing to wear a hat most of the time. While it is acceptable for men to have shoulder length hair, anything beyond that isn’t common. Knowing this, Reid keeps her hair about shoulder length and tied back. When her father presses her to cut it even shorter, she refuses. She knows at some point she has to stop pretending to be a boy and by refusing to cut her hair, this is the first time she is starting to question her father.
In addition, when she starts to develop a chest, she has to wrap fabric around herself to hold her breasts down. She doesn’t want to brush up against someone and have them feel her womanly figure. The problem is that now at eighteen, it’s difficult to hide her boobs. Reid’s sister even notices Reid’s curvy hips. When Reid steps out of the castle, she makes sure to take a cape with her. The cape helps to conceal her figure.
When Reid spars with the young men her age, they tease her because she always keeps her shirt and hat on. While a lot of the men remove their tunic and shirts, Reid doesn’t have that luxury and is starting to stand out.
One of my favorite parts in the book is when Reid has to face Ackley. In order to pull off being a man, she makes sure to have her hat on, she puts gloves on to cover her delicate hands, and she is wearing a cape even though she’s inside. To top it off, she shoves a sock in her pants to make it look like she’s a man. Only, the sock sorta slides to the side and Ackley notices. There isn’t much he doesn’t notice.
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.
- Cage of Deceit: Winner 2018 Kindle Book Awards
- The Key: Finalist 2014 USA Book Awards
- The Voice: Finalist 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
- The Voice: Winner 2013 San Diego Book Awards
For more information, visit www.JenniferAnneDavis.com.