Once Upon a Knight
Jackie Ivie
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Once Upon a Knight
Jackie Ivie
352 pages
October 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Once Upon a Knight is a quirky book, quirky for its unusual heroine and some moments of humor in the story. While it isn't entirely successful, I did find it a reasonable read.

Incredibly attractive (of course!) Vincent Danzel has accepted a wager that he can break the heart of an unusual woman - Sybil Eschoncan - without actually touching her. When he arrives at the castle where Sybil lives, he sets about trying to charm her. He is less successful than he expects. A large portion of the narrative is taken up with Vincent and Sybil getting to know each other before the pace picks up when it appears Sybil has been promised in marriage to an unpleasant man.

In some ways, this is a formulaic book and doesn't contain any novel plot lines; on the other hand, there are some quirky aspects to the book, such as Sybil's pet wolf and the 'spell' she supposedly puts on Vincent (which is actually apparently a bad trip on mushrooms). I found it difficult to like Vincent, however, and Sybil is a bit too weird to entirely empathize with. Although I this tale kept my attention most of the time, it isn't one that I think I'll desire to read again.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2010

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