Full of humor, darkness, and intrigue, Knights of the Borrowed Dark is a very promising beginning to a trilogy. From the start, this novel lures you in with its monsters growing out of the shadows, as Denizen learns that he has a connection to some mysterious knights. An exciting summer read. Recommended By Richard C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This imaginative new fantasy will charm fans of the Ranger’s Apprentice and Rick Riordan.
Denizen Hardwick is an orphan, and his life is, well, normal. Sure, in storybooks orphans are rescued from drudgery when they discover they are a wizard or a warrior or a prophesized king. But this is real life—orphans are just kids without parents. At least that’s what Denizen thought....
On a particularly dark night, the gates of Crosscaper Orphanage open to a car that almost growls with power. The car and the man in it retrieve Denizen with the promise of introducing him to a long-lost aunt. But on the ride into the city, they are attacked. Denizen soon learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows. And there is an ancient order of knights who keep them at bay. Denizen has a unique connection to these knights, but everything they tell him feels like a half-truth. If Denizen joins the order, is he fulfilling his destiny, or turning his back on everything his family did to keep him alive?
An Irish orphan discovers his long lost family hidden powers and secret destiny in this trilogy opener which pokes gentle fun at (and embraces) tropes common to books of its kind. Upon turning 13 Denizen Hardwick is liberated from a dismal orphanage and brought to live with his formidable aunt Vivian the leader of a small cadre of warriors who protect the world against otherworldly monsters. Discovering that he too can channel the power of the Tenebrae to perform magical feats (though at a physical cost with the user’s body slowly turning to iron) Denizen strives to join the Knights of the Borrowed Dark in part to learn more about his family history. This coincides with a major crisis putting Denizen through a terrifying trial by fire. Even referencing the ubiquity of the story’s elements (“every time someone came to visit” Denizen’s fellow well read orphans “began packing their bags ready for their new life as wizard warrior or prophesied king”) doesn’t stop it from being predictable. Where Rudden succeeds in this solid debut is with his engaging characters fast paced plot and clever language. Ages 10–up. Agent: Clare Wallace Darley Anderson. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"Dave Rudden has a way with words, a way with story, and a way with characters. Clear some time in your schedule before you read this, because once you start it is very difficult to stop." Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling co-author of Welcome to Night Vale
"Like the Percy Jackson series, Hunger Games, or the Shiver Trilogy, Knights of the Borrowed Dark is dark, compelling, and builds an addictive universe of characters, high stakes, and evocative imagery." Jeffrey Cranor, New York Times bestselling co-author of Welcome to Night Vale
"Scary and funny–my two favorites. Dave Rudden is more than a rising star; he is a shooting star." Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
About the Author
Dave Rudden completed his Creative Writing Masters at University College Dublin, earning a first-class honors degree. His short stories and poetry have been published in such journals as Bare Hands, Wordlegs, and the Quotable. He has been shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize, and won the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.