“This inventive take on the Arthurian myth is a testament to story ― the wisdom inherent in old stories, and the power that lies in reimagining what they could be.”

Amanda Leduc, author of The Centaur’s Wife

“Arthurian knights vie for power at a university in a contemporary Vancouver where queer and genderqueer students must contend with magic and murder among the faculty. Richly imagined and lushly written, The Winter Knight gives us intriguing characters, a compelling story, and a vivid sense of a beautiful and complex city colonized by invasive myths and ancient dread.”

― A.M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea

“A charming story of mythological figures in the modern day. Battis’s prose breathes new life into ancient folklore.”

― Zabé Ellor, author of Silk Fire

“Authentic portrayals of queer, trans, and disabled characters along with a delightful mash-up of modern Vancouver, college life, and Arthurian legends become an immersive story of trying to be in control of your own path, no matter your past.”

― Library Journal starred review

“Weaving endearing queer coming-of-age threads throughout the mythically grounded mystery, this satisfying re-imagining delivers.”

Publisher’s Weekly review

“Old friends wear new faces in this lively, funny, heartbreaking tour of a modern city peopled by stories.  The Winter Knight will take you kindly by the hand, and leave you believing in courage, compassion, and a world we might be able to see, if we just turn our heads at the right moment.  A worthy reimagining.”

― Kate Heartfield, author of The Embroidered Book

The Winter Knight is a fast-paced urban fairy tale and mystery with queer and trans heroes, forcing the reader to wonder, who gets to become a fairy tale legend?  And why can’t we rewrite antiquated ones?”

― HuffPost

“Fallen knights, conniving runesmiths, and witches are pulled into the investigation while Wayne and Hildie struggle to find out the truth.  The Winter Knight is fast-paced with queer and trans heroes, and [the romance] is a decidedly slow burn.”


“Readers in search of queer and autistic representation in fantasy will…savour the heart of the tale:  people defying expectations–including, at times, their own–to rewrite their stories and forge their own happy endings.”


“This is such a fresh interpretation of Arthurian legend, with rich character diversity and a super entertaining plot.”

― Margaret Kingsbury, Buzzfeed News

The Winter Knight is soft like the fur of the Questing Beast–softness that has hard, powerful muscle underneath it; softness that comes with teeth.”

― Every Book A Doorway

“If Neil Gaiman, Leigh Bardugo, and Megan Milks sat down to write a contemporary fantasy novel set in Vancouver.”

         ― Mosaic Books, Kelowna