The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance by Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin is the first book in the The Knights of Caerleon series.
This book is not only a great collaboration of two authors – one I have read before and enjoyed the work of, one who was entirely new to me – but this is also a great reimagining of Arthur and The Knights of Camelot story that everyone knows. This book takes the tale and completely twists it.
With the addition of a fifth, female Knight the authors manage to evolve a well known story and make it their own. The book was well written and well developed, with a clear direction. The characters worked well, you got the almost familiarity in Arthur as a character we already know all about, along with the newness of Fionna.
For me this was a great first book to the series and I am looking forward to reading more.
The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1)
By Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin
Rated 4 stars
This is a good solid story. It’s told from a time that had magic and faeries. Full of the tales from the knights of the round tables. Very enjoyable and not really what I thought it would be for a reverse harem. Each chapter is told from a different characters point of view. It’s kind of nice to see what everyone is thinking and how they are feeling or responding to what has happened.
The characters are interesting. The fifth Knight is sneaky and strong and uses everything to get to become the a knight. The dialogue between the original four is fun and witty. They have obviously been friends for a bit.
The story drew me in and kept me wondering what was going to happen. I loved the backgrounds and really felt myself transported to that era.
Make sure you read the historical notes at the back of the story. Very Interesting!
I have read books by one of these authors previously and liked her writing style so I was looking forward to reading this book written by two authors. I love it when authors come together to write. I thought that their writing styles went together really well and the story flowed seamlessly. It was hard to tell that it was written by two people.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters that they created. I am quite new to this genre so I am still getting used to it but I thought that it was really well written and I found myself easily captivated by what I was reading. I loved the fantasy side of the story and thought that the descriptions were really rich which enabled me to imagine exactly what I was reading.
I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and for more from these two brilliant authors.
I give The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (The Knights of Caerleon series Book 1) by Claire Luana & Jesikah Sundin, 5 stars.
Fionna will do anything to save her family. When she is sent to Caerleon to steal Excalibur, she accepts. She is a fierce warrior, she can handle it. But she does not expect the king and his knights to be so welcoming, and so sexy. But her family comes first. Although, the more she is around these men, the more she is accepted and feels comfortable. But she has to steal the sword, doesn’t she?
This takes the legend of King Aurthur and his knights and flips it into something you have never read before. There has been a lot of taking old fairytales and stories and rewriting them lately. But this book really stands out as something new and different. It takes some of the characters you know and makes a whole new story out of them. It is written so well, the two authors do a superb job of blending their skills into making this a fun and interesting book. I really like Fionna as a lead character and cannot wait to see where the next book takes her and her fellow knights.
I highly recommend this book to those who like fantasy with some reverse harem romance.
Reviewed by @erinwolf79
The Fifth Knight is the first book in The Knights of Caerleon Series by Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin. Wow! What a fantastic collaboration this book has turned out to be. I am a big fan of Ms. Luana’s, but Ms. Sundin is a new-to-me author- but after reading this book, that’s something I plan on rectifying as soon as possible. These two authors really compliment each other’s style and this book reflects that in so many ways. From the fascinating and original storyline, to the polished writing, the brilliant world building, and wonderful characters- everything was really well thought out and developed, which made it all seem quite realistic and believable. It meshed so well, I certainly couldn’t tell which parts were written by whom. It all seemed to flow beautifully, a real credit to both their talents.
This is a brilliant Arthurian fantasy- a reverse harem with plenty of swords and sorcery, magic, action, adventure, drama, revenge, plots, curses, the hand of fate, knights, Merlin, battles, suspense, spice, betrayal, hope, and surprises.
King Arthur’s kingdom has been cursed, the fate of his realm looks dark. With Lancelot, Percival and Galahad by his side, their only hope is to find the fifth knight, foretold in prophecy to hold the power to break the curse. The very last thing they expected was to find the fifth knight, and find out that she is a woman…
Fionna is a skilled warrior who is on a mission to save her family. She has her sights set on a magic sword, which leads her to Caerleon, Arthur and the knights. What ensues when she gets there and earns her place as a knight makes for an incredibly captivating story that I would definitely recommend to all fantasy, reverse harem, and Arthurian fans.
I must admit when I first saw this book that I as a little worried that the whole reverse harem aspect of the story would overwhelm the fantasy/Arthurian side of the tale. But I needn’t have worried as Ms. Luana and Ms. Sundin wove a wonderful tapestry, where the reverse harem was just one element in an incredible, multi-layered story. I was pulled into the story and followed along cheering them on the whole way. There were times where things got quite complicated and difficult, which had me a little anxious to see how everything would work out. I read this book in an evening, just so I wouldn’t have to put it down.
I love what these two wonderful authors have accomplished together, and I can not wait to read the rest of the series.
Thank you, Ms. Luana & Ms. Sundin!
Reviewed By @angelahayes
What a story that Claire Luana and Jesikah Sundin has written!!! The Fifth Knight is in the fantasy genre. There are a couple of familiar names in this story, Arthur, Lancelot, Percivial, and Merlin. These men were waiting for the “fifth knight” that Merlin predicted but they did not except a woman name Fionna. She is a fierce warrior. Fionna is also a independent and stubborn woman. I think that they three personalities go together. She is there to steal a faerie sword from the king. Fionna is conflicted about what she is about to do to help her family. This story is very well written and Claire and Jesikah is perfecting the story line with the other books in this series.
A great read about mysterious fates. To save her father and sister from a rival Irish clan, Fionna strikes a deal to go to England and steal a faerie sword, the famous Excalibur. To get into Arthur’s kingdom, she fights in a tourney and suprises everyone. But fate has more suprises in store for her than she could ever expect. With a cursed land at stake, can Fionna help her new friends?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Fionna trying to save her family but also a fiercesome warrior. Brillaint set of supporting cast like the humourous but kind Percival or the sensible Lancelot.I loved the visual detail throughout the novel with its sense of nature as a home and a part of everyday life shaping the people and full of the senses as if you were there.
A great twist on the Arthurian legend with Irish additions to the tale. I also loved the use of Irish mythology in the novel with Morrigans and the sidhe fae true to their origins. Overall a brillaint read and I would give it five stars.
The Fifth Knight (The Knights of Caerleon #1) by Claire Luana & Jesikah Sundin was a fast pace, entertaining read that had me hooked from start to finish.
What a start to a new series, and being that this is the first book I have read from this author, I have to say I will be checking out other books Jesikah Sundin has written. I’m no stranger to RH, though I don’t read it as much as I use to, but it’s still a genre I like. In saying that, there ways to do it wrong and there are ways to do it right, and this my friends, is an exemplary example of a RH done, all kinds of right.
I’m going to be real with you, it wasn’t the RH that caught my eye, no it was the fact that this is a King Arthur tale, and I love anything that has Arthurian elements. This is more a retelling with our MC tossed into the mix. Now I will say that our MC Fionna is for the lack of a better word, a Mary-sue.. yes, yes, I know, I have dissed on that before, how I don’t like, it.. But.. I have also said there are ways to do it right.
To be even more honest, Fionna, though has all the markings of a Mary-Sue, also has many elements of a OP(Overpowered) character as well. Normally that mix, isn’t a good one, but, and there is a but. The writing, the character development, and the complex multi layers of Fionna, offset those two, normally, annoying traits. Jesikah Sundin managed to humanize Fionna, causing the reading(me) to connect. Fionna was nice, she wasn’t a, –I’ll do it myself, then have to get rescued– type. She wasn’t mean or mlishious to other female character (Which is the most annoying of the mary-sue tropes). She was witty but, was also flawed. I loved her as a lead characters and despite having everyone she met fall in love with her, she was probably one of the best female MC’s I’ve read about this year.
This just goes to show you, that you don’t need to following the normal “outline” of a character, to have something amazing.
Overall this book is worth your time, energy and brain power. I know I was gushing about Fionna, but I just feel like she carried the story and truly outshone the others. Yes King Arthur and his knights were well developed and great to read about, but I was drawn to Fionna. This was all due to knowing how to write a OP character and not make it cringe otherly. And for me, really showcased the authors magical writing talent.
On that note I will leave you with my super high recommendation and, my stamp of approval.
Review by @eawalsh
This is a fantasy book and is my favorite of hers as of yet. I enjoy how this author is able to pull me in with creative characters and a plot that is creative and easy flowing. This is a story about a girl who will do anything to get her family back even if it means stealing from a king. Fionna is my favorite character, she is strong, fierce and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Will she be the last hope for Caerleon? I highly suggest reading this book to find out.
The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (The Knights of Caerleon series Book 1)
By: Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana
5 out of 5 stars
The story The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (The Knights of Caerleon series Book 1) by Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana is a medieval/fantasy book. It is a story that hooks you in from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the final page. I love fantasy books as they spark my imagination and I find myself lost in the pages of the story. I loved reading about the character of Fionna. She is a fierce and talented warrior. She is also independent and stubborn. She is forced into a course of action to save her father and sister. That action will have her stealing a faerie sword from a king. She is unprepared for what happens next. I also enjoyed reading about Arthur Pendragon and his sword brothers Lancelot, Galahad, and Percival. These four have a strong bond between them and I loved hearing them playfully banter back and forth with each other. Lancelot is one that has feelings for guilt and also a secret that he keeps. Arthur is a man of honor and believes that all that is happening in the Kingdom of Caerleon is his burden to bear. These brothers are all shocked and surprised when the fifth knight that Merlin has spoken of turns out to be Fionna. That the brothers and she are attracted to each other is undeniable. Their thoughts frequently turn toward each other. Is Fionna as the fifth knight the key to breaking the curse on the Kingdom of Caerleon? Fionna feels conflicted as she has to choose between betraying the king and knights that she has feelings for and saving her family. What will she do? Read this book to find out. This is a story that does have passion and romance included. There is also magic, enchantments, and danger. There is one that has their own selfish plans and will do anything to achieve them. The story is told from the POV of several of the characters. This is a wonderfully written story that had me turning pages to find out what happens next as well as rooting for the success of Fionna, Arthur, and the knights. This is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading further stories.