The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God

A Chess Story

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
216 Pages
Reviewed on 11/30/2022
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Author Biography

Victoria Winifred was born in Brooklyn and now lives in Tennessee. She taught elementary school and chess for 16 years in New York City and East Tennessee. She retired early to work on her writing career. Noticing the lack of books that included chess as a theme or ongoing activity, she has created the niche genre of "Chess Fiction for Kids" with her first award-winning book "The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God: A Chess Story."
This book continues the existing mythology related to the goddess of chess, Caissa. It has won numerous first-prize awards, including a Kirkus Award & Accolade that recommends its readers to "Get it." It was also chosen to be included in Kirkus Reviews Magazine in the October 15, 2023 issue. It has almost 200 Amazon reviews with an average of a 4.8+ Star rating.

In addition, Ms. Winifred is soon to release the second book in her young detective series "The Cozy Chess Club Mysteries." The first book, a Halloween installment, "No Time for Halloween: The Frankenstein-Dracula Defense" is available now. She is an Education Consultant for and an active member of SCBWI Midsouth and the Author's Guild of Tennessee.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God is a children's fantasy novel by Victoria Winifred. On the day of her twelfth birthday, Princess Kassie is excited to go through her rites of passage for Goddesshood, just like her parents Mars and Caïssa, the gods of war and chess, respectively. But when Kassie's best friend and son of the gods of sports and victory goes missing, fingers are pointed at the kingdom of Chess Mountain. Kassie's parents send her through a portal to Earth to hide until the situation is solved. Stuck in an unfamiliar world with the knight Maurice and a copy of Notations of Passage, Kassie must now navigate school, teachers, friends, and bullies while keeping under the radar of the fallen Originals. In between, she will master the game she was born to play.

The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God will entertain chess and fantasy fans alike while nurturing a love of chess among those who have never played it. Author Victoria Winifred tells a captivating fantasy adventure tale revolving around the game of chess featuring princesses, gods, and dragons that captures and holds your attention from the first page until the last. Imaginative and infused with action, humor, and mystery, the plot breezes past without a single hitch as you're turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. Kassie is a precocious child and someone you will find easy to relate to. Her kind and empathic nature make her riveting to read. This is a book that kids of all ages can enjoy. Highly recommended.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God: A Chess Story by Victoria Winifred is an engaging children’s fantasy about Princess Kassie, the twelve-year-old daughter of the chess goddess Caissa, and Mars, the god of war. She lives in the kingdom of Chess Mountain, a happy place populated by living chess pieces. It is her birthday and she’s anticipating a grand celebration. The festivities are canceled because war is declared on them by Euphron, the god of sports, whose son Dimitri, last spotted in Chess Mountain, is missing. Dimitri is also her best friend. To protect her, the young princess is sent to Earth and is tasked to fulfill her twelfth-year mission. What follows is a series of adventures as Kassie lives undercover as a student in a school in New York. Can she fulfill her mission on Earth and safely return to Chess Mountain?

Victoria Winifred’s The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God is a unique story where the author has created a world focused on chess. She weaves a fantastic tale about chess lovers and how the game influences their lives. The characters are very interesting and the plot is exciting, especially for young chess lovers. I find Princess Kassie’s character easy to empathize with as she is thrust into an alien world composed of humans. Confronted with strange habits while watching out for the Chess Mountain rebels who might harm her, she is a vulnerable character. Princess Kassie manages to make friends and deal with bullies, taking care that her true identity is not revealed and this makes the story thrilling. Children and young adults should find this book highly entertaining.

Manik Chaturmutha

The Princess, The Knight, And The Lost God: A Chess Story by Victoria Winifred is a children's book based in the fantasy land of Chess Mountain, where the chess boards and the game pieces are all real creatures. Kassie is the twelve-year-old protagonist of the plot. She's the daughter of the king and queen of the land. To become a goddess of her land, she has to fulfill three tasks - experience everyday life, teach chess to someone, and change someone's life for the better. As the story advances, her best friend Dimitri goes missing, and the possibility of war looms over the nation. Kassie is sent to earth to stay safe and search for Dimitri. While settling into the life of humans in New York, she unravels many secrets which shape her entire journey. Will she be able to use her chess tricks to find Dimitri in time and stop the war?

This is such an inspiring and remarkably well-written book. The author creates a vivid pictorial representation of the plot. The description of Chess Mountain and the hustle and bustle of the New York streets gives an idea of the setting, which makes it easy for readers to follow the storyline. Every character plays a significant role in shaping the plotline. Kassie's parents represent a strong, tightly-knit family. Sheena and Dimitri add the element of friendship, while Natalie has the crucial task of helping the princess fulfill at least one of her goals through chess. Maurice portrays loyalty and honesty. The narration of the storyline is smooth and flows with simple language. I liked how the story is built around chess and children; it could inspire kids to develop a keen interest in this game that nurtures the mind. Beautiful illustrations make it more inviting. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Princess, The Knight, And The Lost God: A Chess Story by Victoria Winifred.