Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jet Black and the Ebony Knights

Jet Black and the Ebony Knights
by E.C. Ezirim

From the book:
What does the stereotypical fairy tale princess look like? That instant image is exactly what the author of a new children's book hopes to change. In his debut book, author E.C. Ezirim brings young readers on an adventure with Princess Jet-Black and the heroic Ebony Knights. As the knights embark on an epic journey to save the kingdom, rescue the princess and prevent war, the book aims to open children's eyes to new definitions of heroes and happy endings.

Highlighting the black fairy tale princess, Jet Black and the Ebony Knights also introduces children to the overall message that the least among us can still be a hero. Addressing the overall non-existence of "happily ever after", Ezirim hopes the book will be not only entertaining for children, but enlightening for all.

From me: There's a lot to get past in this book. First off, the cover made it look like it's a children's picture book, but it's actually a chapter book. I was a little surprised when I turned to the first page and found it filled, top to bottom, with words. Second - there is tons of information given to establish this fictional world and it came across a little randomly and I was having a hard time understanding who everyone was and what was going on. But, at the same time, there were times throughout the book that a little more explanation would have been nice.

And I hate to say it, because I like to see a princess that isn't your typical Disney fare, but the whole book seemed a little forced. Like writing a book about a non-white princess was the main goal and the story wasn't really executed as well as it could have been. The book didn't really seem to flow and a princess named Jet-Black is a little obvious. I would have liked to see a more realistic name/setting where the message was THERE, but subtle.

Still yet, I did like the four unlikely heroes - it reminded me a bit of a David and Goliath situation. Will my boys like it? I'm not sure. I tend to think it's a bit too long and jumbled for them to sit through, but an older child who can read on his own may like this story very well!


I have THREE copies of this book to giveaway to you! I'm aware that some people have had problems commenting on blogs lately (myself included) so for this giveaway you have the option of leaving a comment here OR e-mailing me at Aleksija at ymail dot com - ONE entry only - and telling me what you think about this book or the goal of this book!

This giveaway will end on Friday, June 3 at noon
when I will randomly select the winners!

Thanks to Bohlsen PR for offering me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!


Odie Langley said...

I hope you and the boys had a wonderful holiday weekend. It was a calm and peaceful one for us. The only thing we did special was to visit my Aunt Katie when we took Rocky to get his nails clipped and that was enjoyable watching her holding Rocky. It is almost 8 AM and we have to be at the hospital at 9 so time is getting short. I will keep you posted. Have a great week

Kristie said...

Morgan loves princess stories...but your review made me wonder if I really want to try to win or not ;-) I think it's interesting that the author is trying to change the stereotype of princesses for children. As for it being a chapter book, I've read chapter books to the kiddos before and they are surprisingly interested in them even with the lack of pictures! I think they just like being read to ;-)

Angela said...

I think it is good to introduce more non-traditional princess stories, mainly so that young kids won't get caught up in fairytales thinking that will be real life. It doesn't necessarily have to be any particular race in order to get that message across though. I would be interested in reading this book to see how it goes and letting my boys check it out.