Title: The Quiet Knight
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Urban fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘You will never even talk to them again, understand?’
Sometimes when you try to play being a hero, you become one in real life.
Coming of age stories always have a great place in literature – after all, we all come of age. And even long after that threshold from childhood to adulthood has been crossed, there is still so much relevance in a story about finding who you are. The Quiet Knight is one such story.
The world of role play and the Quiet Knight’s secret desire to find his own self in the real world are a great vessel through which he is able to find who he is going to be. Role playing and imagination are great ways to find out what we want out of life, or even how we understand what is happening in our lives (believe me, I write for this exact purpose). Yet, it is the final decision to enact the heroism that the Quiet Knight encompasses that is truly the moment when he comes of age.
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