A Free Dreamer Review: Of Gallantry and Magic by Alex Hintermann

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Sir Tristan, son of a continental hero, is summoned to the court of Schafheim to interview for a novice knight position. After dozens of applications to courts all over the Continent, Lord Schafheim wants to see him. Immediately. But when he arrives for the interview, things start to go wrong: a brash, bearded commoner ties his dragon too close to Sir Tristan’s firebreather and refuses to move it. This same commoner offers to love Tristan in the way he has always desired.

Magic, knights, dragons, and a promise of forbidden love – what could possibly go wrong? Well, for “Of Gallantry and Magic” the answer is a lot. I really thought this book was going to be amazing, but sadly this book was very disappointing.

First of all, I really didn’t like the writing style. It’s supposed to be historical but it just felt so very fake to me. I can’t even say why. From what I can tell, it was mostly accurate and the editing was well done too. But it just really, really bothered me and made it impossible for me to get into the flow of the story. I was constantly distracted and just couldn’t concentrate on the book.

Then, I just couldn’t stand Tristan. He was an ignorant, arrogant, self-important, pompous ass. And whiny. He infuriated me and I just wanted to smack him. Hard.

Because of this, the romance part didn’t work either. I don’t see what that “vexing commoner” saw in the good Sir Tristan. But we don’t learn much about him either. He, like all the other characters, stayed very flat.

The biggest let-down of all was probably the fantasy part. I love dragons. But in close to 200 pages, we only get a couple of scenes with the dragons in them, and not even as the main focus. There was real promise there. The author obviously came up with lots and lots of different dragons, of all shapes and sizes. But instead of really exploring that part of the story, it’s just mentioned in passing and then gets ignored completely for the rest of the book.

As for the actual plot, well, the blurb says it all, really. Not much else actually happens in this story and I’m still not sure what I actually read. I can’t tell you if this was supposed to be a coming-of-age story, an enemies-to-lovers thing or something completely different.

Long story short, I did not like this book. It had great potential but didn’t go anywhere. If you are thinking about buying this book anyway, I’d recommend you to read an excerpt first. If you like the writing style, I think you can like the book.

The cover looks alright. It obviously shows a scene from the book and I think the two men fit the description of the MCs pretty well.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book info: ebook, 196 pages

Published September 15th 2018 by self

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