"Fourteen-year-old Durriken Brishen has lost his parents, his grandfather, and though he doesn't know it, his Gypsy culture's dangerous gift.Taken in and raised on the rails by the first woman to pilot a freight train, Durriken has one remaining connection to his Romani roots: a small wooden box that hangs from the hammer loop of his overalls. The last gift he received from his grandfather, the box contains the world's first chess set. But a piece is missing: the Red Queen. According to Durriken’s family lore, the complete set awakens the power of Tărie, a mercurial gift that confers unique abilities on each new Master. When a suspicious fire erupts in the Chicago rail yard, Durriken's escape produces an uneasy alliance, though not without its silver lining. Dilia is a few inches taller, several degrees cleverer, and oh yes – very pretty. While Durriken is uneasy allying with a girl whose parents were convicted of sedition, there's no doubt she is a powerful partner. And while it's not immediately clear to either, her own Guatemalan culture and family history are deeply entwined with the ancient Romani mystery. Jumping box cars, escaping riverboats, deciphering clues, crossing swords with the brilliant madman Radu Pinch – with great American cities as its backdrop – Gypsy Knights is the page-turning saga of Durriken Brishen and his quest to rediscover his past." (Summary from amazon.com)
Gypsy Knights by Two Brothers Metz is the story of young Durriken who is on his own after losing his family and is left with a chess set that he carries with him but the set is missing the Red Queen. According to his family the complete chess set will awaken a power that will give the Master unique abilities. Durriken meets Dilia during a chess game and together they take off on an exciting journey across America.
Gypsy Knights is an interesting, suspenseful, and fast moving adventure. Durriken and Dilia grow up a great deal as the story progresses. Their relationship grows at a natural pace as well while they learn more about one another.
It took me a few chapters to get into the story but once the plot started moving I finished the book in only a few hours. While the story takes place in the 1960's, some chapters occasionally take the reader to a scene that happened a few years earlier. I loved the setting and the many cities they stopped in across America. I enjoyed going on the journey with the characters and I loved how chess played a major role in the story. I have personally never played a game of chess before but I still found it to be really interesting and was not completely confused. I recommend Gypsy Knight to anyone looking for a unique and mysterious adventure.