REVIEW: A Royal Knight (Tisaian Chronicles Prequel, Volume 2) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Apocalyptic/ Dystopian, Pages: 18, Level: Easy

Book Description from Goodreads:

“A Royal Knight is a thrilling post-apocalyptic short story and prequel #2 to the novel- The Biomass Revolution.

Welcome to Tisaia- The last hub of modern civilization, in a world left scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars. Surrounded by a fortress of steel walls, and protected by a fierce and loyal Council of Royal Knights, Tisaia seems relatively safe to the average State worker and citizen. A plentiful supply of Biomass powers the cities, and food is abundant, but security has come at a terrible cost. The State will do anything to protect its resources, even if it means suppressing the rights of its citizens and deporting immigrants into the Wasteland- a virtual death sentence.

Captain McNeill is one of the most respected Royal Knights in Tisaia. Plagued with scars, a robotic arm and cancer, his men call him the Bionic soldier. For two decades he has hunted the rebels inside the great Tisaian steel walls and in the tunnels snaking deep beneath the cities. He has followed them into the Wastelands and the skeletons of cities from the old world. But the one rebel he can’t seem to kill is Obi Hepe, the leader of the infamous Squad 19.

After the death of three of his men, McNeill receives a unique opportunity to capture Obi. As he leads his men into the tunnels beneath Tisaia, he finds there may be more to the mission than he was told. And quickly he finds himself fighting in the battle of his life.”

A Royal Knight is another prequel to The Biomass Revolution. It is a short story and very quick read. This story is told from the point of view of one Royal Knight and is all about his job. Taken as part of a larger story, it is a nice change in point of view. First we got the rebellion’s point of view and now we see the other side.

I am still in the middle of The Biomass Revolution, so at this moment I cannot say whether or not I am glad I read the prequels first. However, I can say that the writing is good, there are minimal editing issues and in my opinion, the character development is well done.

Reviewed by Christina
August 20, 2013

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