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Dylan Madeley is a Torontonian currently working out of a headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. He is the copy editor of and a frequent contributor to Auxiliary Magazine, an alternative fashion and music zine. His junior copy editors are two chinchillas named Basil and Liam. His first published novel, The Gift-Knight’s Quest, is a fantasy about two vastly different characters’ struggles with unexpected new responsibilities in their fantasy world–some of which include the fate of that world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dylan Madeley graduated with an Honours Double Major Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Social and Political Thought in 2007. One year later, he joined the National Novel Writing Month movement for fun and wrote the first draft of what would be his debut novel, The Gift-Knight’s Quest. After years of revisions and of writing other manuscripts, he released his debut on May 28, 2015. A lifelong stutterer, Dylan enjoys storytelling with the written word as alternately a means of communication and/or escape. He is a copy editor for Auxiliary Magazine, an alternative fashion music and lifestyle zine, and also contributes interviews and article intros on a regular basis. He lives close to Toronto, Canada.
“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht could not have lived and ruled for many long years, or why it was so urgent that she ascend immediately.”
Chandra never asked to rule Kensrik, but fate took a strange course. Known as a usurper and sorceress by most and traumatised by all that has transpired, she is forced to make use of the few loyal allies she has in order to hold together her restless empire. In an attempt to identify and defeat the conspirators who inadvertently landed her in power, Chandra risks putting the lives of many in mortal danger, as well as her own.
Derek is an aimless wanderer – the youngest in a lineage that has long fallen from nobility. He finds himself summoned by tradition to serve a family historically considered his bitter enemy. As he journeys down the same path a fateful ancestor once travelled, he struggles with personal demons and begins to reconsider his loyalty to the mission.
Duke Lenn found one true cause in love and it cost him everything. His legacy shaped the present in which Chandra and Derek find themselves. Now their choice will shape the future of Kensrik...
The Gift-Knight’s Quest is set in a new and vividly imagined world, written with delicate prose that will allow the reader to explore with their imagination. Inspired by authors such as Michael Moorcock, J. G. Ballard and Roger Zelazny, it will appeal to fans of fantasy and historical fiction.
‘The Gift-Knight's Quest’ written by Dylan Madeley will be a welcomed work for those readers that love to wander through the world of fantasy - a well-made piece of medieval fantasy fiction, with lot of politics that strongly reminds of Zelazny’s works. The book follows the youngest descendants of two families that have been for a long time anything but friends. The Kenderleys are sitting on the throne of this vast territory called Kensrik and the Wancyeks that became not so important any more as they would like them to be. The main character named Derek, though of noble origins is not living like a one. Unable to fulfill the expectations of his father, Derek will decide to find his luck somewhere else. The other main protagonist named Chandra rules the Kensrik though she is not happy about that. Given the political turmoil, Chandra will need to decide about the important political decisions that could change the balance of power, in same time putting the lives of many people on stake, including her own… The young Canadian Dylan Madeley nicely conveyed his story, while good characterization and the interesting plot full of usual fantasy motives plus the political games make his novel a recommended read for fans of the historical fiction. Though currently the stand-alone novel, Madeley with this one left enough space for the new series to emerge, or at least to write a sequel or two. Therefore, if you consider yourself a fan of traditional fantasy plus the unavoidable politics similar to the GOT, a time with ‘The Gift-Knight's Quest’ would be definitely be well-spent. I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based on my impressions.
The Gift-Knight’s Quest by Dylan Madeley is a fantasy novel about Chandra. Chandra finds herself as the new ruler of Kensrik since the death of the previous ruler Jonnecht. She is known as a sorceress and a usurper and is profoundly bothered by everything that happens. Chandra uses the few allies that she has as she desperately attempts to hold together her restless empire. Derek comes from a family that traditionally is the enemy of Chandra’s family. However, tradition demands that he comes to her aid and follow his ancestor, Duke Lenn’s, path at her side. Tradition brought them together now their choices will dictate the fate of Kensrik. Madeley does such a great job of developing these characters that you will fall in love with them immediately. For me this is a telltale sign of a great novel. The thing that I liked the most about Chandra was that she was very self-aware. If you are looking for a great fantasy novel with a bit of a romance plot and some real in-depth struggles then you will like The Gift-Knight’s Quest.