When a young woman is facing an unsteady future, layered on top of a very troubled past, the last thing she has time for is the strange young man who speaks in Middle English and is always following her around. Zee ignores him just fine until her sister goes missing and everything in her life is uncertain and she has no choice but to trust Gentry Frank.
"Zee may not be a princess, but Gentry is an actual knight, complete with sword, armor and a code of honor. Two years ago the voices he hears in his head called him to be Zee's champion. Both shy and autistic, he's barely spoken to her since, but has kept watch, ready to come to her aid."
The layers of this book are peeled away one by one, making it a deeply emotional and transient novel. Zee's character is complicated- she is sharp, deeply scarred but unabashedly brazen and brave. What I loved about her most was how trusted her gut even when she didn't have solid ground to stand on. Her mother is a hoarder, her sister goes missing after volunteering at a prison and she finds herself broke, homeless and trafficking marijuana from Kansas to Colorado. But she explains her story to the reader with her chin up and bravely- at least that's how I imagine she would tell it.
Gentry's oath to protect and stand by Zee is a love story like no other. His love and devotion is selfless and makes love seem so simple. He doesn't hesitate to help Zee search for her sister, even though it means a very dangerous journey and one that will cost them both dearly.
You'll read about Zee's mission to find her sister, how she takes care of her nephew, how she takes dangerous and reckless risks in order to keep her family together, and in the middle of all of that action packed drama, you'll also read about and fall in love with Gentry. He has a world going on inside his mind that is like nothing I've read about in other novels. He has voices that tell him how to act, how to feel, and they play an important role in the book, but it's not confusing or even weird. it's just Gentry. That's what I love about Greenwood. Her characters are so unabashedly...themselves.
This is a very complex novel with unique themes...family drama, murder drugs, schizophrenia, depression with love, devotion, castles, armor and unconditional devotion. It's a gem.
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