Running Through a Dark Place: Children of the Knight II

Michael J. Bowler
Michael J. Bowler (2014)
ISBN: 9780990306306
Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 17) for Reader Views (10/14)

“Running Through a Dark Place: Children of the Knight II” by Michael J. Bowler is the story of fifteen-year-old Lance and his adventures in Los Angeles with the recently resurrected King Arthur.  Brought back from the dead by Merlin and Lance’s friend, Jack, Lance was tasked with the monumental job of maintaining the crusade and winning rights for Californian kids.  However, despite the best efforts of Lance and his friends, there remained those who were less than pleased at the prospect of forfeiting power to children.  Will Lance’s crusade succeed, or will his movement be shut down by those too afraid to give up control?

In LA, King Arthur’s quest to save the outcast and abused children was going well.  His dear Lance had been returned from the dead and work on a proposition to give political rights to children had started.  Then Michael showed up.  He was unpleasant and threatening, yet brilliant and had the political know-how to get Arthur’s proposition into play.  He quickly gained Lance’s trust and before long invited him to parties and other social gatherings.  Little did Lance know that there were people out there who hated him and his movement enough to kill.  Michael’s parties would offer just such an opportunity.  Will Lance be able to cheat death for the second time, or will conspiring factions manage to bring down both Lance and Arthur’s crusade?

The writing style was pretty smooth, but conversations could be a touch hard to interpret due to the old English used by Arthur and the slang used by the main characters.  The main characters were persuaded to do things a bit too easily.  Despite this, it was still a fairly easy, if not light, read. 

I would recommend “Running Through a Dark Place: Children of the Knight II” by Michael J. Bowler to people who like teen adventure books and Arthurian legend.  There were a lot of adult themes, including sex, drugs, alcohol, and a lot of swearing.  The book would be best suited for teen audiences.  This is the second book in a series.  It ended with a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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