Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Knight of Eldaran: The Traitor's Heir

"Every Man has a Destiny.
His is to Betray."
 
Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
 
Storyline - Eamon Goodman has dreamed of becoming a member of the Gauntlet for years. But, when he makes his oath to the Master, something isn't right. Something is speaking to him and making him do things he is shocked at. When his life is turned upside down and meets another who seems to stand for what he believes in, Eamon must make a choice. Serve this over thrown King and betray his Master or betray this King, once a friend, and keep the oath he has made?

Author - Anna Thayer

Publisher - Kregel Publisher

Age Group - 17 or 18 and up
 
Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Several characters put themselves in harms way to protect another and desire to do what is right even though they question sometimes what that path is. A man attacks a woman but is not detailed. Two characters get physical romantically but the actual event is not shared but the lead up and morning after are shared as well as the passion felt remembered later. A few English swear words and some intense fighting scenes.

Personal Opinion - The cover made me first become intrigued with this book as well as the premise of trying to discover what side is right. It is not like some Christian fantasy books that make it really obvious and almost too easy for the character to choose the right side. Instead, Eamon's struggle is clear and well presented for both sides. It might seem obvious which side he should choose but, at the same time, the debate is real and the reasoning is understandable. The characters are so well created and so is the world that it seems real. Just when it seems the story might be slowing down and getting too much detail of regular life, new information is revealed and adds mystery to the story and characters. There were several scenes that surprised and shocked Eamon which didn't seem to make sense because they happened in broad daylight and in front of witnesses so I would have assumed he had known this before. Also, a handful of scenes that made the characters seem like they were in high school instead of adults that didn't seem to fit. I was also very uncomfortable when two characters got physically, romantically involved with one another. I was glad it was not a supported behavior but led the character down a bad path. It wasn't detailed, just right up to it and the morning after as well as remembering feelings afterwards as well as mentioning other times they get together and the lusting wanting which would make this book more appropriate for older audiences. None the least, those who love epic fantasies will proudly include this new fantasy to their bookshelf.

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Special Notes - Book 2, The King's Hand - Coming Soon

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from Kregel Publishing.

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