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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God is a children's fantasy novel by Victoria Winifred. On the day of her twelfth birthday, Princess Kassie is excited to go through her rites of passage for Goddesshood, just like her parents Mars and Caïssa, the gods of war and chess, respectively. But when Kassie's best friend and son of the gods of sports and victory goes missing, fingers are pointed at the kingdom of Chess Mountain. Kassie's parents send her through a portal to Earth to hide until the situation is solved. Stuck in an unfamiliar world with the knight Maurice and a copy of Notations of Passage, Kassie must now navigate school, teachers, friends, and bullies while keeping under the radar of the fallen Originals. In between, she will master the game she was born to play.
The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God will entertain chess and fantasy fans alike while nurturing a love of chess among those who have never played it. Author Victoria Winifred tells a captivating fantasy adventure tale revolving around the game of chess featuring princesses, gods, and dragons that captures and holds your attention from the first page until the last. Imaginative and infused with action, humor, and mystery, the plot breezes past without a single hitch as you're turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. Kassie is a precocious child and someone you will find easy to relate to. Her kind and empathic nature make her riveting to read. This is a book that kids of all ages can enjoy. Highly recommended.