End of Knighthood Part I

The Chess Pieces, Reverence Book 2

Fiction - Dystopia
239 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2017
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Joshua A. Landeros continues his dystopian tale in End of Knighthood, Part 1: The Chess Pieces. The resistance is making a stand and begins to undermine the tactics of the UNR. Yet Chancellor Venloran has placed around him a rare and indefensible league of Knights. These Super Soldiers are a force of strength, but are proving to be vulnerable. The chess pieces are being laid out. Those in play have opposing views; some see towers of progress, others frail facades. How many pawns will be sacrificed to ensure the strength of the knights? Or, are all players expendable to ensure the safety of the revered king? As the UNR prepares for the biggest event in their history, the resistance is making plans of their own. The pieces are played; who will make the first move? Who will make the last? Both sides are trying to outrun the past; God help us, let there be no stalemate. In the end, whose rook will stand?

End of Knighthood, Part 1: The Chess Pieces by Joshua A. Landeros is the second book in the Reverence series. The writing style is very descriptive; Landeros paints vivid scenes and masterfully sets the tone. As in the first novel, he continues to use flashbacks to fill in background gaps. The cast of characters is immense and continues to grow. Each character, whether knight, pawn or king (cyborg, freedom fighter, or villain) has a specific purpose within the conflict. However, with the large cast of characters, and the vacillation of time and place, the story at times becomes difficult to follow. As in any game of chess, the Bishop, or representation the church and religion, is the driving force surrounding the king. Landeros leaks religious points of view throughout the text, revealing the characters' devotion and alliances to the God they once revered, or the hatred thereof. The conflict of good and evil, man against cyborg, and humanity against God continues. The two key players are being set up for a showdown. Landeros strategically maneuvers the reader to the turning point, then once again leaves the reader hanging. Choking on the last words, we must wait for the next move.