Overall: 87/100 or B
Henry Grim has never been in trouble for borrowing a sword from the headmaster's private stores. He has never discovered a forbidden room in a foreign castle, or received a death threat over breakfast.
All Henry knows is life as an orphaned servant boy at the Midsummer School, bullied by the privileged sons of aristocracy. But all that changes when Henry is the first commoner to pass the entrance exam for the prestigious Knightley Academy, where he will be trained as a modern-day knight alongside the cleverest and bravest fourteen-year-olds in the country.
Henry and his roommates, two other students from decidedly un-Knightley backgrounds, are not exactly greeted with open arms by their classmates. In fact, it soon becomes apparent that someone is going to great lengths to sabotage the trio's chances at becoming knights. But Henry soon learns that there is more at stake than his future at Knightley, and only he can sound the alarm. Is anyone going to believe a former servant on the brink of expulsion?
Brimming with wry humor, page-turning suspense, and surprising twists, this first adventure in a memorable new series is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
This book was fairly entertaining. Henry is a likable character and is easy to relate to, since he from a poor background and feels like an underdog. Adam and Rohan bring some comedy into the book. The plot had points that were constant excitement, but it took me a while to get into the beginning of this book. I liked that this book was set in an alternative history and found myself excited about each new thing that I learned about this world. This book was rather unique, but some of it remind me of Harry Potter. Haberdasher's writing was very enchanting and I can't wait to return to this world for the next book.