- Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
- Available in: ebook and paperback
- ISBN: 978-1623809256
- Published: June 19, 2013
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army–the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and the children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.
The Knight Cycle Begins…
Honorable Mention in the 2013 Southern California Book Festival
Runner-Up in the 2013 Rainbow Awards
Honorable Mention in the 2013 Reader Views Literary Awards
Gold Award Winner in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards
“What’s the highest compliment I can give a novel? That it’s unlike anything I’ve read. And upon Michael J. Bowler’s urban fantasy Children of the Knight, I gladly bestow that distinction.”
“Children of the Knight by Michael J Bowler is a book that will leave quite an impact on you, no matter whether you are a young adult or a pensioner.”
– Readers’ Favorite
“Michael Bowler stuns with his depiction of modern disenfranchised youth, disillusioned and jaded adults, political greed and corruption, and the purity of hope…[Children of the Knight is] about finding out who you are and your place in the world. It’s both frightening and inspiring. It’s simply a must read, regardless of your age. Highly recommended.”
– The Kimi-chan Experience
“Memorable, heartbreaking, endearing – the cast of characters in this modern day retelling of the King Arthur legend brings a twenty-first century consciousness to a classic stalwart of the Western literary canon…Author Michael J. Bowler has an extensive background in reaching out to troubled youth, both inside and outside of prison. His personal experiences no doubt enrich his storytelling abilities…His talent for making the reader care about children that are marginalized and forgotten is to be commended.”
– The Character Connection
“I laughed. I cried. I felt. Simply put, this is easily one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years…While reading, I often melted into this book and had to shake my head to reorient myself to the living room, reminding myself that I was not in the caves with King Arthur and the children. Bowler’s writing invites readers to truly hear water dripping and shots going off, truly feel sneers and snarky comments from peers, truly witness and experience injustice in its most disturbing form – one involving children. This book will call you to action on behalf of our society’s “optional children.” If you read anything this year, read this book.”
– Only God Writes Trees