"Utterly brilliant! Another masterpiece of humor"
Nobody writes quite in the style as Katie Macalister does.
Maybe that is a blessing since she is amazing, turning out
wonderful book out after book. The market couldn't stand a
dozen writers as prolific! Obviously, Katie Mac feels our
lives dull and need more than a few zany giggles, and she
keeps giving us original tale, with less than perfect
heroines that seem to land in bizarre situations. A Hard
Days Knight is another of her wacky, charming tales that
has put her on the bestsellers list time after time.
This time Katie Mac takes on Medieval-Renaissance Faires,
called Ren Faires by those mighty warriors of the SCA --
Society for Creative Anachronisms. These devout worshippers
across the world, keep history alive, and during the
summers come together for old style jousting, melees and
damsel fair. Macalister is in top form as she both pays
homage to these stalwart troopers and has a wee giggle at
In this utterly delightful tale, unemployed software
specialists Pepper March is lured into attending the
Ontario Renaissance Faire by her friend and cousin CJ. CJ's
boyfriend is one of a jousting team called Three Dogs
Knights. Her cousin assures Pepper at the tourney she will
finally meet real knights in shining armour, who treat
women as chivalrously as Knight of Auld. A strange cat
shows up and begins to play matchmaker. It catches peppers
attention, then dashes in front of the galloping chargers.
Pepper rescues the cat, and Walker MacPhail rescues Pepper
from being trampled by the horses. Pepper is struck that
MacPhail is her true knight in somewhat shining armour, but
then he opens his mouth and ruins the shimmering illusion
by berating her for being stupid and risking herself for
MacPhail is also a member of the Three Dog Knights jousting
team and once was the man to beat. But sort of like John
Wayne in the Quiet Man, MacPhail injured his opponent in a
previous match, and now keeps to the sidelines, training
others in Knightly Ways. Pepper is determined to convince
him she is his destiny, but our lad in plate is a wee bit
resistant to the notion. It's up to Pepper and the magical
kitty to see things are put to rights.
Macalister captures the festive fun of the Ren Faires
completely, bringing the jarring clash of contemporary
settings and ancient codes into a wonderful mix that will
delight anyone wanting to read a book that makes them
happy! You end with a big smile on your face.
Reviewed by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Posted January 5, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 5, 2006