Lady Courtney -- well, her title is
Lady during the Bristol Renaissance Faire -- has finally
found a way to not only live her passion for the fairy tale
of the Black Knight but also to sell her fine, handmade
costumes. She creates the costumes year round, but is only
able to sell them during the faire. Something seems to be a
bit off this year at the faire, though. For starters, the
herb shopkeeper seems to have an aura of meanness around
her. She makes Lady Courtney very uneasy. Then there is
the fact that the Black Knight seems to be a different man.
More than just different, he is the epitome of the “real”
Sir Reynold, and he's traffic-stopping gorgeous.
Sir Reynold knows something is very
wrong. After participating in a no-win situation in
Heartease, he is suddenly in a new time. Here, some of the
people are similar to the loved ones he left behind, but all
appear to be a little different. Although, the evil Queen
Issy appears to be the same person. Will he be able to keep
his best friend Thomas and the love of his life, Lady
Courtney, safe this time? If he can figure out how to do
it, then Queen Issy will finally be gone, taking her black
magic with her.
I enjoyed Joust in Time, though I did struggle
a bit. I can’t put my finger on why I had issues with it,
but it seemed a little jerky in the flow. Then again, others
might not find the same. In this case, you have a knight
coming forward in time who is here not only to meet the love
of his life, but to possibly keep an evil from happening for
many generations. The language was a little bit of a
stumble for me, but I didn’t realize there was a glossary of
terms at the back of the book, as I was reading on a
handheld device. If the glossary had been at the front, it
might have made it less “jerky” for me to read. That being
said, I did enjoy the story. I loved how the thought of
true love can transcend time, and good will win out over
evil. I found Sir Reynold's reactions to some of the modern
things funny, but he did find ways to make it all work out.
I will definitely give Ms. Fritter's books a go in the
future. If you like this type of story, pick Joust in
Time up, but scan the glossary at the end first.