The Knight (Gene Wolfe)
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First Edition Cover
|Series||The Wizard Knight|
|January 3rd 2004 (1st edition)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback and Paperback)|
|Pages||432 (1st edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7653-0989-0 (1st edition hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||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.
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.