The Winter Knight

ECW. Apr. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781770417205. pap. $19.95. FANTASY
Wayne just wants to live his own life as he attends university in Vancouver, but his family will never let him—plus he’s the reincarnation of Sir Gawain. In fact, when your aunts, uncles, and various acquaintances are reincarnations too, it is hard to feel there is any choice. In his first semester, Wayne is navigating accommodation approval for his probable autism and his feelings for the dean’s assistant, Bert, but now the murder of the university provost has brought more eyes on all of them. With a Valkyrie, Hildie, assigned to investigate, Wayne, Bert, and others become prime suspects, and old stories take new turns. Hildie must navigate her own family issues during her investigation, while the ravenous beast that haunts Wayne’s dreams could become a living nightmare. Authentic portrayals of queer, trans, and disabled characters along with a delightful mash-up of modern Vancouver, college life, and Arthurian legends become an immersive story of trying to be in control of your own path, no matter your past.
VERDICT Battis (Bleeding Out) gives Arthurian retellings a new twist with this queer urban fantasy.
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