The Knight (Gene Wolfe)

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The Knight
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First Edition
Author Gene Wolfe
Cover artist Gregory Manchess
Country United States
Language English
Series The Wizard Knight
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
January 3rd 2004
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages 432
ISBN 0-7653-0989-0
OCLC 52943139
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3573.O52 K58 2004
Followed by The Wizard

The Knight is a fantasy novel written by American author Gene Wolfe depicting the journey of an American boy transported to a magical realm and aged to adulthood who soon thereafter becomes a knight. The first of a two-part tale know collectively as The Wizard Knight is told in an epistolary style, and contains elements from Norse, Arthurian, and Christian Mythology. It received a nomination for the Nebula Award in 2005.

Plot summary[edit]

The story opens with an older narrator recounting a great adventure. He is left alone in a cabin in the wilderness by himself for a few days. He goes for a hike and ends up chasing a flying castle he sees in the sky until he is abducted by "a lot of people". He awakens to find himself at the mouth of a cave by the sea. He is greeted by a fortune teller who calls him Able of the High Heart and turns his walking stick into a bow. He soon after discovers his chivalrous destiny and embarks on a quest to travel this strange new land.