Read from 22 August – 2 September, 2017
Synopsis: One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus. Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.
Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control. But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military? Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $5.47.
I liked this story, I really did.
But if, like me, you’ve already read Prince of Alasia and In the Enemy’s Service the ending of this book is all rather boring, because you know what’s going to happen. The three books are set in concurrent timelines, all three coming together at one event at the end.
This was a massive let down to an otherwise engrossing story of the adventure and trial of a young crown prince learning about the life and culture of the Mountain Folk from within his own kingdom.
I thoroughly enjoyed Korram’s exploration of the Impassable Mountains and the subsequent trials and tribulations he experienced with the Mountain Folk. Some of the personalities of the Mountain Folk were great, particularly Ernth and little Thisti. While Korram’s familial unit was almost entirely out of the picture.
The big bad Regent Rumpus, the ever-present looming destruction did well to push the story, but really was mostly hidden from the story. I fear without having read the other books his character might have been too light on to have a real impact or enough drive to push the story.
There were some rather amusing dialogues and humor sprinkled into the mix which added to the story and built character.
All up, I’d have liked stronger female characters, Thel was good, but not really in the story until the second half, and the female characters from the Mountain Folk family Korram was with felt a bit flat.
A long read that really could be shortened a little to get more impact. But still a good read.
A few things I noticed:
3% – …he replied, resigned. (insert “)Lead the way.”
55% – consistency issues: Korram had hurt his shin, but in camp he nursed his sore knee.
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review**