Brian Knight

Review of ‘Heart of the Phoenix’

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Heart of the Phoenix by Brian Knight is the conclusion of the Phoenix Girl’s trilogy. Penny and her band of intrepid Phoenix Girls must not only defend Aurora Hollow, but the whole world, against a foe determined to take over everything. As the stakes mount and the fight rages, Penny learns the truth about her family and finds herself engaged in the highest stakes game of all.

This thrilling and fast-paced conclusion to the series quite nicely ties up loose ends and is, in my humble opinion, the best of the three—which is as it should be. One can only hope the author will favor us with more about Penny as she matures.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. A five star book!

Review of ‘The Crimson Brand’

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Penny, now 14, and her newly assembled Phoenix Girls, are being tutored by Ronan, the talking fox, to prepare them for their mission to protect Dogwood from an enemy who is determined to destroy it—and them—whether they’re prepared or not. In the meantime, Ronan must also retrieve the magical relics that are important to both sides.

The Crimson Brand by Brian Knight is book two in the Phoenix Girl series, and it picks up where book one left off, with Penny and her friends having to face an enemy who is more powerful and determined than ever. Not only must they save themselves and their town, but Ronan as well.

A novel meant for young adult readers, this tale will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages. The author has nailed his characters, and has the world of Dogwood and the ‘other’ dimensions down pat.

I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it four stars.

Review of ‘The Conjuring Glass’

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After Penny Sinclair’s mother died in an airplane crash, she was sent to the small town of Dogwood—her place of birth—to live with Susan, her mother’s old friend. Not long after her arrival, she starts to experience strange things; and not just the travails to be expected from being a new teen in a new school. First, she finds it hard to make friends, except for Zoe, another loner. Then, she encounters Ronan, a talking fox, who hints that she is somehow ‘special.’ It’s only after the Red magician and the murderous Birdman show up and start to wreak havoc in Dogwood does she realize just how special.

The Conjuring Glass, book one in the Phoenix Girls series by Brian Knight, follows Penny’s adventures as she is charged with reviving the Phoenix Girls to fight the evil that is coming to Dogwood. While this is a book about young people, mainly for young people, fantasy and adventure lovers of any age will be able to relate to the characters as they rise above their fears and go toe-to-toe with monsters unimaginable.

While the book ends on a satisfying note, there’s enough of a teaser to leave no doubt that book two will be even more entertaining. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I give this one four stars.

Review: “The Phoenix Girls: The Conjuring Glass: Book 1” by Brian Knight

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The Phoenix Girls: The Conjuring Glass, by Brian Knight, is a tale of magic that will delight young readers. Penny Sinclair moves in with her grandmother, and has to make the transition from the big city to the small town. She becomes friends with the school outcast, Zoe, and the two set off in search of adventure. They find a magical grove near Penny’s new home, complete with a talking fox. While there’s a bit of violence in this story, it thankfully doesn’t go over the line.

It’s unusual for a male writer to be able to successfully get into the mind of a character of another gender, but in this case, Brian Knight has not only done it well, he’s done it with an adolescent – that species of homo sapiens that few adults comprehend. Written primarily for a young adult audience, it’s not a bad read for adults who still believe in magic.

I give The Conjuring Glass four stars, and look forward to Book 2.

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