Monday, 28 July 2014
Review: Knightmare - Feast Fight! by Peter Bently
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Released: June 2nd, 2014
Cedric Thatchbottom can't wait to train as a squire, serving Sir Percival the Proud - a knight famed throughout the land for his glorious deeds. But this famous knight isn't all he appears to be, and Cedric soon finds himself being run ragged around Castle Bombast by his new master. In Book 2 of the Knightmare series, there's going to be a banquet at Castle Bombast. And not just any old banquet - the king and queen will be attending, and they expect the very best. Which all means more work for Cedric! But what will Sir Percy's old enemy - Roland the Rotten - do when he finds out he's not invited?
Cedric Thatchbottom is back in Feast Fight!, the second book in the very funny Knightmare series. This time Sir Percy the Proud starts causing even more havoc when he gets word that the king and queen will be paying a visit to Castle Bombast, and that they expect a banquet fit for royalty. Obviously nothing goes to plan and poor Cedric finds himself doing more than any squire should - all in the name of doing a good job!
The characters in this series are brilliant, even down to Margaret the cook at Castle Bombast. They're all completely bonkers (just like the books themselves), and very easy to like. So far my favourite has to be Sir Percy the Proud, expert liar and utter wuss. He couldn't survive without Cedric looking out for him and obeying his every command - honestly, Castle Bombast would crumble!
Fred Blunt's illustrations are again excellent, successfully bringing everyone to life in a suitable cartoonish fashion. The illustrations themselves are often just as funny as the accompanying text, especially when they include Cedric looking a bit puzzled at something Sir Percy has said. Fred Blunt gets it all exactly right and together he and Peter Bently make one heck of a team.
Peter Bently has a great knack for writing children's books, infusing them with lots of humour and stupidity. The Knightmare series is a delight to read; I've thoroughly enjoyed both books so far and am very much looking forward to Damsel Disaster! being published in August.