Book review: Flower Knights by Letty Wilson

image is a book cover. The drawing shows a heavily armoured and gauntleted hand holding a collection of wildflowers. The background is dark blue. Across this image the title FLOWER KNIGHTS is in large white font. Underneath is the subtitle: Seventeen short stories by Letty Wilson. This is also in white font

One day when Old Groundsel was out working his fields, his plough turned over a great stone, and underneath was a golden-eyed toad.

This is a really delightful little book. The short stories are very short, one page only in some cases, and each one is beautifully illustrated with the wildflower Knight. I am struggling to focus on anything long at the moment, so it was rather nice to read something and actually finish it. Each tale is individual and different, though to my mind all of them felt a bit like fairytales. Some of the Knights were flowers I know of, and some of them weren’t. The ones I knew, I felt like there was a real connection between what the author was doing and the flower itself. Letty Wilson absolutely does not assume a Knight is male, so there’s a good variety of genders going on. The stories range from the surprisingly emotional to the slightly absurd and back again. I was particularly taken with Sir Heartsease, who was enchanted by a witch, and Sir Harebell, who had quite a tragic start. Sir Cinquefoil, with all her siblings, was also striking. I could probably list all the Knights and why I liked them, but for the sake of brevity I shall refrain!

Image is an illustration by Letty Wilson from Flower Knights. It shows a spiky person, based on gorse. They have spikes all over their armour, and a spiky sword. It is mainly in black and white, except for the helmet which is yellow/orange and stylised to resemble a gorse blossom

An internal image of Sir Gorse from Flower Knights by Letty Wilson

This is a lovely fairytale collection, and I do mean proper fairytale: there’s darkness as well as light, and a certain level of inexplicable happenings. If you’re struggling to get through any long books at the moment, and also want some magic and some wildflowers, I recommend this. You can check out this link for an idea of the internal artwork: https://www.behance.net/gallery/86624307/Flower-Knights

Rating: read this book, think of the stories the flowers might tell

 


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