Book Review – Knight and Day by Jacki James

Magic Emporium
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 137
Characters: Theodore/Samuel
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Theodore Knight has a curious nature. Ever since he was a child, he’s loved books that are full of danger and adventure. In real life, he’s a simple bookstore owner. But in his imagination, he’s a hero who goes on great quests to save the princess, or in his case, the prince, from evil dragons.

Until one day, real life starts to look a lot like his imaginary world. . . and the fate of an entire kingdom rests on his shoulders. The world is more magical than he ever thought, and he will have to learn to accept the impossible as possible, if he and Samuel are to succeed.

Samuel Day had never journeyed to the human realm, and he sure didn’t mean to get stuck there. That said, he’s found it all incredibly fascinating. Especially Theodore, the adorable human who holds a piece of the puzzle necessary to stop an evil immortal and save the magic realm known as Evorea. His loyalty is to his king, but it doesn’t take long for Theodore to become equally important.

They come from different realms and are as different as night and day, but together they have everything they need to save Evorea from ruin. They just have to find their way back there.

Knight and Day is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains a magic realm, a handsome guardian, one clueless human, and a guaranteed HEA.

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I loved this story. It had so many of the paranormal tropes I love – fish out of water, magic, different realms, a geek, and dragons. I’m looking forward to reading more in the shared world.

I loved Theodore. He’s so wonderfully geeky, and I had fun recognising all of the pop culture references, and even more fun in that Samuel had no clue what Theodore was talking about, and fell for him so hard and fast. These two are very sweet together, and I liked that Samuel was cautious and wanted to confirm Theodore liked men before making a move. The way his suspicions were confirmed was brilliant. I liked how Samuel is delighted by our world, exploring every new bit of it. And sweatpants! My favourite moment is when he’s mistaken for a cosplayer.

Marden’s is such a cool idea! I loved how it appeared in both realms and that it charges for the magical item as “it’s not a charity shop.” The world building is fabulous, and not just the shop. One of my favourite fantasy tropes is the mix of high fantasy and contemporary, and this hit all of that perfectly. I loved Theodore’s reaction to Evorea too, and his learning that his world isn’t as ordinary as he thinks it is. The dragons were wonderful, as was the reveal as to who they are. I did guess some of it, but not all. Nicely done.

I thought this was a wonderful low angst story with likeable characters, and an interesting plot with a few twists. The ending was perfect, but I would love to see more of them. And a story for Stefan too.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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