Portland has a ghost problem.
Sixteen-year-old Claire wants her father back. His death left her only memories and an empty locket. After six difficult years in foster care, her vocabulary no longer includes “hope” and “trust.”
Everything changes when Justin rides his magical horse into her path and takes her under his wing. Like the rest of the elite men who serve as Spirit Knights, he hunts restless ghosts that devour the living.
When an evil spirit threatens Claire’s life, she’ll need Justin’s help to survive. And how could she bear the Knights’ mark on her soul? Everybody knows Girls Can’t Be Knights.
Read on for my thoughts on Girls Can’t Be Knights. No true spoilers, promise.
I liked Girls Can’t Be Knights. I found the story to be fast paced and interesting. Told from both Claire and Justin’s viewpoints, this is the story of a young girl who has spent much of her life being bullied by the kids in her school. Her father has passed away leaving memories and a locket. And Claire in the foster system, never really belonging anywhere. By the time we meet Claire she is 16 years old, and has beaten up a kid who was bullying her. Of course she ended up suspended from school.
Justin is a Spirit Knight, just as Claire’s father was… and as Claire is – but usually Spirit Knights are male. Just because she’s not doesn’t mean that she cannot be a great Spirit Knight. Justin is an older man with a wife and kids of his own. It is his charge to protect, teach and guide Claire into being a Spirit Knight.
I enjoyed reading this novel. There is more violence than I expected in a Young Adult novel, but considering what they are chasing it makes sense. This is a quick read, of an interesting premise.
*I received an e-ARC of Girls Can’t Be Knights from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
This novel is available in paperback and for the Kindle