A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. Read more...
A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.
Suddenly, she is head of the king s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia s lords.
But while Alix s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Sturdy characterizations and intriguing magic anchor this solid series launch, the first fantasy novel for Lindsey (who wrote the Nicolas Lenoir series under the pseudonym E.L. Tettensor). Headstrong highborn soldier Lady Alix Black of Alden is just trying to save the life of her sovereign, King Erik White, when she unhorses him. The act catapults her into the midst of a dynastic struggle between Erik and his traitorous brother, Tomald; a politically thorny love triangle with Erik and fellow scout Liam; and Alden’s accelerating war with aggressively expansionist Oridia. While Alden’s priests refine the use of lenses and black powder, Oridia’s Trions pervert the endangered art of bloodbinding—in which weapons are uniquely keyed to their wielders by genetics—into the grotesque production of zombie-like “thralls,” edging the generally medieval-ish setting in promisingly genre-blurring directions. By the time the relevance of the novel’s title to the bonds of family, as well as to battle and enchantment, becomes clear, Lindsey’s mostly balanced mix of romance and heroic fantasy will have captured readers’ hearts. Agent: Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (Oct.)