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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Sword Fight: A Modern Medieval Adventure by Nathan Van Coops is the first book in the Kingdom of Engines series. Valerie's life was perfect. She was trained with her brother to wield a sword and has a thrill racing cars alongside her best friend. Valerie makes the most of her name and the perks of high society life. Her whole life shatters when her stepmother announces her engagement to a corrupt Lord and that she already gave him the lands that once belonged to Valerie's family. Her brother devises a plan to become the family swordsman in the upcoming tournament, but when someone close to her is murdered, Valerie has her family name stripped away and is tossed out to be a commoner on her own. She's rescued from an attack by a mysterious swordsman and is taken in by the people of a local tavern. With her new friends and the handsome swordsman at her side, she enters the competition with the determination to prove its corruption and to obtain justice for her family.
This unique story breathes new life into the punk genre with an alternative medieval world. Nathan Van Coops spins Arthurian legend and medieval culture into a gripping reality with knights, status, fast cars, and corruption. Several elements from Arthurian legend and medieval history are woven into this fast-paced plot inspired by knights of valor and tournaments. The story perfectly captures the medieval aspects and modernizes them in a gritty way as Coops creates something compelling. At the center of the plot is Valerie's quest for justice against Lord Sterling who murdered someone close to her, took her land, and destroyed her name in his own plot of corruption, power, and greed. The other characters within the story are delightful, charming, and each has an important place within her journey. Fans of steampunk, dieselpunk, and silkpunk won't be able to put this book down. Lovers of medieval and Arthurian legends will be immediately addicted to Sword Fight. It will capture your attention from the first page and take you for a wild ride until the end.