Although I've always enjoyed books in the fantasy genre, it has been more difficult to find good fantasy reads as I've gotten older. I think the problem is that I want a story line that is believable but is still a really good fantastical tale. I've found a fantasy novel that fits that description in The Traitor's Heir by Anne Thayer.
The Traitor's Heir is the first in a series- The Knight of Elderan. All of the books are written, and it's my understanding that the second book in the series- The King's Hand- is also currently available. I know I'll be looking for it and waiting for the final book in the trilogy.
The book's description: In an epic and mystical tale that resonates with modern times, the young Eamon Goodman goes on a journey of discovery. A journey which sees him taking an increasingly pivotal role in the battle between the rival forces of the king and the master, and takes him from being a young soldier in his home of Edesfield to being a fast-rising hero in the dense and rotten city of Dunthruik. Under the watchful eye of Lord Cathair, in the loving arms of Lady Alessia Turnholt, and torn between enemy forces, Eamon’s experiences lead him to question the nature and true meaning of some of the most important things in life – love and friendship, loyalty and honour, and who he really is. But will the answers he finds lead him to be true to himself and true to his name? Will they lead him to become a good man?
The characters in the story are believable and likable. I found myself drawn into Eamon's story from the start. There is a good balance between action and the inward thoughts of Eamon, so I felt as if I could get to know him as the story unfolded.
I've read nothing that indicates that The Traitor's Heir is truly allegorical. But there is quite a good bit of symbolism throughout and the classic story of good versus evil. Eamon is faced with the choice of which to follow. He encounters age old prophecies and the struggle for power, and he must make his own choice about which power to follow.
This was truly a good fantasy read. I can't wait to pick up the other two and continue Eamon's story!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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