Books 14-18: The Black Knight Chronicles by John Hartness


     That is the sound of me blowing the dust off of this project. I’ll save the excuses for another post and jump right in.


The Black Knight Chronicles


John G. Hartness

Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.


In the second volume of The Black Knight Chronicles, vampire detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood investigate a series of assaults plaguing the alleys of Charlotte. Along the way they battle trolls, bigotry, fairies, dragons and small minds on the way to a knock-down battle royal inside a steel cage. The boys find themselves fighting evil in alleys, trolls in bars, dragons in FairyLand, and trying to scrub the sparkle off after a battle with vicious Fae in the hall of the Fairy Queen.

In the third installment of The Black Knight Chronicles, vampire private investigators Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood find another vampire (or more) playing in their sandbox, and the boys are NOT happy about it.

While tracking down the killer of a young college student, they encounter boobytraps, defenestration, coeds, a hirsute bounty hunter with a moon fetish and a bad attitude, and worst of all – game night at a comic shop!

Goblins and Witches and Trolls . . . oh crap!
In the fourth installment of The Black Knight Chronicles, Jimmy Black is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and a darned fine pity party, serving the finest alcohol, when a call from his not-quite-girlfriend-cop forces him to sober up and stare at jawbones.
“Cold case” takes on a whole new meaning when vampire detectives risk life and limbs (literally) to connect a series of decades-old kidnappings in Charlotte with current missing persons cases. All clues lead through the veil of Faerieland to the legendary Goblin’s Market, a magical bazaar where anything is available–for a price.
The boys can barely stay out of trouble in Charlotte. As fresh meat at The Market, they’ll be lucky to survive the day.

The bodies are piling up!

Murders are happening outside Charlotte’s hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black’s about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren’t already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him.

Between murder, monsters, pesky vampire ethics, and territorial disputes, Jimmy is about to discover how far he’s willing to go to save the world and one friend’s soul.

There are no easy choices, even for vampire geeks.

The boys are back with all-new monsters to battle, puzzles to unravel, and asses to kick in this fifth volume of the award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles series.


     This review is long overdue as I finished the series almost as soon as I picked it up over this summer. I’ve agonized over how I have been doing these things. I am no expert, after all. So I have decided to keep the reviews more concise and to the point and let the book blurbs set the scene as they are meant to do. This project has developed around helping authors get exposure and if I tell you everything you will read, you may not even give it a chance…so here goes…

     As I mentioned above, I flew through this series. Before I even read the first page of Hard Day’s Knight, I opted for the Omnibus Edition to ensure that if I enjoyed it as much as I anticipated, I could move right along to the second and third books.

That happened to be a great decision because I was able to finish all three books during one long weekend away in the mountains… 🙂 🙂 🙂 Ok, back to the review…

Jimmy and Greg are THE BEST of friends who get turned into vampires while in college in modern day Charlotte, NC. Before you think you know of the mannerisms of vampires, read that first line again. They are turned in college (so about 20ish) in the 2000’s. They don’t have 200-500 years of societal polishing. What you get as you are reading is the raw humor, mannerisms and hormones of super nerdy 20 something males. That drew me in immediately. The constant (playful) sarcasm exchanged by Jimmy and Greg added comedic air to very intense encounters…of the deadly kind.

Jimmy and Greg decide to become private investigators because, well, what else are newbie modern day vampires suppose to do to earn money (nope, they weren’t “born” into wealth).

Investigating the ever increasing nocturnal crimes around town eventually leads the guys to cross paths with CMPD’s best and brightest, specifically Detective Sabrina Law.

Along with a priest, a witch, a fae and a vampire sister, a kind of a team forms around Jimmy and Greg to help save Charlotte (and the World) from doom and destruction. Weather fighting demon possessed children, trolls, goblins, a dragon of FairyLand, bad guy vampires and much worse, you can count on this lot to protect the city at all costs.

The Black Knight Chronicles are full of all the thrills, chills, laughs and feels you could be looking for. Written with brilliant wit and pacing, you will find yourself happily tagging along as part of Black Knight Investigations, saving the fair city of Charlotte and most definitely throwing back a few beers (or other beverage of choice).

I thoroughly enjoyed all 5 books and have grown attached to the characters. I am looking forward to what happens in book 6 (which I have on good authority will not dissapoint).

About the Author


John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the creator and co-editor of the Big Bad series of horror anthologies from Dark Oak Press and Media. 2015 has seen John launch a new dark fantasy series featuring Quncy Harker, Demon Hunter.
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and recording new episodes of his ridiculous podcast Literate Liquors, where he pairs book reviews and alcoholic drinks in new and ludicrous ways. John is also a contributor to the Magical Words group blog. An avid Magic: the Gathering player, John is strong in his nerd-fu and has sometimes been referred to as “the Kevin Smith of Charlotte, NC.” And not just for his girth.

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