Title: Ghost Knight
Author: Cornelia Funke
First published August 1, 2011
352 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780316056144 (ISBN10: 0316056146)
Written by the renowned author of Inkheart and Reckless, Cornelia Funke, comes an enthralling tale of friendship, adventure, and the supernatural. Jon Whitcroft, an 11-year-old student at a boarding school, finds himself in the midst of a terrifying encounter with vengeful ghosts seeking revenge.
Fortunately, he meets Ella, a spirited and curious new friend, and together they embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder. However, their journey is plagued by blood-curdling apparitions that haunt their every step.
As they struggle to survive, Jon summons the ghost of a noble knight, Longspee, for protection. But can he trust this ghostly ally?
Join Jon and Ella on this thrilling adventure as they face their fears and unravel the mysteries of the past.
About the Author
Meet Cornelia Funke, a talented German illustrator and storyteller who has won multiple awards for her amazing fantasy books that captivate readers of all ages. One of her most popular works is the Inkheart trilogy, but many of her other titles are also loved by readers worldwide and translated into over 30 languages.
Cornelia is a devoted mom to two children and shares her home with two birds and a beloved elderly dog. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, California.
Cornelia Funke, known for her works such as Inkheart and Dragon Rider, delivers another thrilling adventure in her 2011 novel Ghost Knight. The book follows 11-year-old Jon Whitcroft as he navigates his first year at a new boarding school in Salisbury, England, and encounters the ghost of a knight seeking vengeance against a powerful sorcerer.
Funke expertly weaves together elements of mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction to create a captivating tale that will undoubtedly appeal to readers of all ages. The novel’s themes of friendship, bravery, and perseverance are universal, making it a touching and relatable story for young and adult readers alike.
Funke’s character development is another standout aspect of the novel. Jon is a likable and dynamic protagonist who undergoes significant growth throughout the story, as he grapples with the challenges of growing up, making new friends, and facing supernatural threats.
Additionally, the ghost of the knight, William Longspee, is a compelling and tragic figure whose backstory adds depth to the novel’s plot. One of the book’s strengths is its setting.
Funke deftly captures the charm and beauty of medieval Salisbury, infusing the story with rich historical details and an unmistakable sense of place. The descriptions of Salisbury Cathedral and the surrounding countryside are particularly vivid, painting a picture of a world that is simultaneously old-fashioned and vibrant.
However, some aspects of the book could have been further developed. The plot occasionally feels rushed, with events that unfold quickly and without much explanation.
Additionally, some of the secondary characters are not as fully realized as they could have been, leaving readers feeling somewhat disconnected from their stories. Despite its flaws, Ghost Knight is an engaging and enjoyable read that will transport readers to another time and place.
Fans of Funke’s other works, as well as readers of historical fiction and fantasy, are sure to appreciate her latest offering.
Overall, Ghost Knight receives a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
While it may not be without its flaws, it’s a well-written and entertaining novel that is well worth a read.