What do you do when you are looking through your old online reader list (and trust me, it’s a long one as I have some from 2022 still on there), and you find a book you want to read, but are not sure because it is about Knights and you’re think you’ve maxed out your Knights stories for the year (mostly because you are not looking for the Hero story or the Don Quixote story when it comes to knights)? You say, “It’s not like I have to finish it.” and go for it.
Now, Squire & Knight V01 was not OMG BEST BOOK EVER but it was good. And it was not The Hero or Don Quixote story, as it was neither and both. We have the Knight who is a braggart, and not the smartest dagger in the armory and The Squire, who needs about 30 more pounds of muscle. Yet, seems to be carrying a larger-than-him sack of books and other items better than I carry around a pencil. The usual adventures happen: Villagers think the dragon is the cause of their woes, someone is playing with magic, signals are crossed, hidden pathways are there if you know how to fall into them, and books can be the answer.
It is a cute story where the hero is not who it seems at first glance (nor the villain), dragons have a bad rap (for good reason) and you shouldn’t mess with magical books, unless you want a problem or ten, to fix later. Everything is mostly lighthearted, with fantasy adventure, fighting and humor that is “edgy” without being “too hard around the edges.” While the art was not also not OMG BEST EVER, yet, I enjoyed it and it fits the story, allowing for a classic folk/fairytale feeling but with modern elements, as well as the text having a modern tone and floor to it. The story feels like a typical folk tale/ legend, but does not get bogged down with too much “sappy heroism” and idealization of the past. Scott Chantler had fun doing his thing, and that makes you have fun, too. And check out the extras at the end.