Working as a wench ― i.e. waitress ― at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college. Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.
I’ve been wanting to read this book since before it came out. I knew it was sort of a renaissance book, which sounded beyond awesome. And after reading Well Met, I knew I wanted to read a book with anything to do with medieval times. Plus, this book sounded fierce and Kit sounded like a fantastic main character: wanting the chance for non cis men to become Knights at the restaurant she works at. I had also heard amazing things about it online. All this means that I was incredibly eager to read it.
This book was seriously good. It was thrilling and fun and amazingly written.
First off, I absolutely loved Kit’s character. She was fierce and determined and had so much drive. She wanted to become a knight so badly, but she also wanted any other non cis men to have that chance as well. She was sweet and funny and kind and she works so hard. She was badass and I fell completely in love with her.
Another thing I loved about Kit was how much she was interested and loved history. I loved the little facts sprinkled throughout the book. It was kind of a small thing, but something I found fascinating.
The Castle and the jousting and the knights were so cool. I’m not sure if I would love the place in person, it sounds like it would be loud and like a place where I would get overwhelmed easily, but I actually fell in love with the place. I think that’s because there was so much love for from all the characters. They loved the Castle so much and so strongly.
Speaking of all the other characters, they were also something that I loved so, so much. A character was casually trans and a character was casually nonbinary. Another character was casually queer too. I loved the group of people Kit got together to help show the Castle that non cis males should become knights. All of them were so amazing.
I also loved the relationships in this book, the friendships and the familial relationships, and the romantic relationships. I loved Kit and Chris’s sibling bond and how much they support each other. I loved how much Kit and her mom cared about each other. I loved Kit’s friendships with her coworkers. I loved her friendship (and her crush) on Jett. Yes, this book has best friends – to – lovers and it was brilliant.
The writing in this book was also fantastic. It felt light and fun, but it was also packed full of emotion. It made it easy to fly through and love this book.
All in all, this was an amazing book about a girl trying to change things at her job. She wants to dream big and she wants to see change, not just for herself, but for the people around her too. It was amazingly written and just so, so adorable. Truly, it was so good.
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