Book Review: Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

Today I'm going to be reviewing Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer

About the Author

John Powell has had a long and distinguished career as an industrial and scientific engineer. In 1971 he travelled to Ghana to take up the post of senior lecturer in mechanical engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, and his life-long love affair with Ghana began. Since then he has travelled the world as a consultant to many international agencies, including UNIDO. He was awarded the OBE in 1991 for services to technical education in Ghana, and in 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by KNUST in recognition of his long and invaluable service to the country. He now lives in Whitney, Oxfordshire.

The Review

Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer is full of very interesting characters and showcases a lot of unique and creative situations that are very satirical and humorous. The author is incredibly witty and does a really good job of bringing this whimsical story to life. Our larger than life hero manages to handle some very impressive feats throughout the course of this novel, but the ridiculousness never really gets overbearing and the writing style is so fluid and fun to read that the book virtually flies by.

It reminded me a lot of some other satirical stories I've read in the past where it just tries to make things fun and ridiculous and not at all overbearing. There were some jokes that I got out of the book that I know kids won't get, but I really like that in books like this. It's nice when you can read along with a child and have a little something extra just for you.

Definitely worth checking out!

Rating: 5-Stars

I love fun kids books like this, and if you do too you're going to want to seek this one out!


In a world infested with monsters intent on harassing the citizenry and scaring the livestock, you need an efficient Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment. George, a vertically challenged and impoverished knight in rusty armour, would appear a poor choice were it not for the fact that, during his travels in the Austrian Tyrol, he discovered a cake with the miraculous power to tame monsters. Suddenly, and for the first time in his life, George is in demand.
Elevated to ministerial position by King Freddie and Prime Minister Merlin, George becomes famous, while remaining (sadly) impoverished, and wittingly or otherwise has a hand in improving international relations with France, creating the first trade union, repelling a Scottish invasion and defining the number of players in a cricket team.
This sharp and witty satirical comedy, filled with comic caricatures and disgruntled dignitaries and set in a time-we-have-all-forgot will appeal to young people and adults alike.