Seven Noble Knights

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ADVENTURE EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION WAR FAMILY ACTION DRAMA FOLKTALE

17th Century or Earlier

J. K. Knauss

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Logline

An accidental death unleashes a cycle of revenge that devastates medieval Spain.

Genre

Adventure, Epic, Historical Fiction, War, Family, Action, Drama, Folktale

Short Summary

Spain, 974. Gonzalo, a brave but hotheaded knight, unwittingly provokes tragedy at his uncle’s wedding to beautiful young noblewoman Lambra: the adored cousin of the bride dead, his teeth scattered across the riverbank. Lambra sends Gonzalo’s father into enemy land, unleashing a devastating revenge.


A new hero, Mudarra, rises out of the ashes of Gonzalo’s once great family. Mudarra must make a grueling journey and change his religion, then chooses to take his jeweled sword to the throats of his family’s betrayers. But only when he strays from the path set for him can he find his true purpose.

Setting

Medieval Spain (Burgos, Cordoba)

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Mudarra

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Heroic, Masculine, Perseverance, Adventurous, Beautiful, Honorable, Leader, Naive, Selfless, Aspiring, Educated, Complex, Insecure, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Faithful, Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Lambra

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Decisive, Greedy, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Badass, Charming, Crazy, Desperate, Seductive, Aggressive, Beautiful, Confident, Sexy, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Gonzalo

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Selfless,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sancha

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Modest,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Skillful

Development Pitch

Seven Noble Knights has characters the audience will love --and love to hate-- against an exotic backdrop of family, betrayal, revenge, and romance. Making this novel a series is an opportunity to bring not only a Latinx element into historical epics along the lines of Game of Thrones or Vikings, but also historically legitimate cultural diversity.

About The Author

J. K. Knauss writes thrilling historical fiction set in medieval Spain. After many years living in every corner of the United States (which fuels quirky contemporary writing under the name Jessica Knauss), she is finally living the dream of making a home in Spain. Her Instragram and Facebook are full of photos of her adventures in this gorgeous country.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: The book will be released with Encircle Publications in December 2020.

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-64599-120-5

Genre

ACTION, ROMANCE, DRAMA, WAR

Brief

After killing the cousin of his uncle's bride, Doña Lambra, at her wedding, Gonzalo sets up a revenge that will get himself and his six brothers killed. At the end of the story, Lambra is burned alive for perpetrating the deaths of her nephews.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does.

Draw of Story

It being a story of bravery, violence and revenge set on Medieval Spain.

Possible Drawbacks

Not really, the story is well told and the pace is good, managing to never lose the reader's interest.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

A story of betrayal and revenge similar to some of the occurrences of Game of Thrones.

Fanbase Potential

It could, especially those interested in Medieval stories, with knights, gorgeous ladies, tragic love and sword fights.

Awards Potential

If well adapted, it could manage to earn some technical accolades, since the story would have to recreate an entire period.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

GAME OF THRONES - A FANTASTICAL STORY SET ON MEDIEVAL TIMES, ABOUT FAMILIES, KINGS, BETRAYALS, LOVE AND A NEVER-ENDING WAR FOR THE THRONE. EL CID - AN EPIC ABOUT A KNIGHT WHO FIGHTS AGAINST THE TAKING OF SPAIN BY THE MOORS.

What’s New About the Story

It is based on a widely unknown epic poem, with the potential to generate interest for the period and these fictional characters. Some of the characters could be better developed, but the general result is actually unique.

Lead Characters

Most of them are brave, but some are cunning, some horribly hot-headed and some simply honest and honorable, which means that they are different, complex and well established in the narrative.

Uniqueness of Story

Not a rare gem yet, but the story is very well written and developed. With a top-notch adaptation, it could become a great TV series or film.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The narrative is good and compelling, and the author has great writing skills, which makes the book interesting throughout most of the reading, no matter what character you are following. In fact, the structure is also very well-developed, if not exactly original. By following different characters and getting to know their needs and aspirations, no matter which side of the main issue they are, we learn more about their personalities and realize there is no one completely right or wrong in the matter. The ending is particularly good, creating a reflection about how many of these people's struggles, grudges, sorrows and acts of revenge are based on actions that cannot be undone and lives that can't be recovered, creating a spiral of violence that seems to have no valid origin or reason to exist. All these things could be very well explored in a miniseries, especially if it would use each chapter to follow one of the characters, more or less like the book does. The only concern about an adaptation, besides the need for a great team behind and in front of the camera, is the potential for the drama to be over-the-top in the love stories and in the tragic ones. Maybe a more controlled approach would be more impactful and compelling for the viewers.