The Traitor's Heir, The Knight of Eldaran Series #1
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For over five hundred years the River Realm has lain in the charge of the Master, and the Master's glory has kept the land strong against its enemies. As Cadet Eamon Goodman swears to serve the Master - his highest ambition - a dark voice penetrates his mind, and offers him unsettling power. Then Eamon meets the true King. Despite having made a binding oath to the Master, his heart longs to be a King's man. Whom will Eamon betray? The Traitor's Heir is the first volume in the epic fantasy trilogy, The Knight of Eldaran. Anna Thayer masterfully weaves a world of intrigue, passion and divided loyalties, which will grip the reader from the first page to the last.
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: The Knight of Eldaran
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Christian Allegory Action AdventureAugust 1, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anna Thayer in her new book The Traitors Heir Book One in The Knight of Eldaran series published by Lion Hudson introduces us to Eamon Goodhand .
From the back cover: Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.
Like many from his village, young Eamon Goodhand dreamed of joining the Gauntlet, the army of the overlord Eldered. Now he is about to complete his training and swear his loyalty to Eldered and his commanders, the Hands, who uphold Eldereds tight control of the land.
Entering into the service of the Gauntlet, Eamons gifts, particularly his potent Sight, quickly become valuable to his superiors and he advances to the command rank at a speed that arouses the suspicions of fellow officers.
However, Eldereds bloody rule, and Eamons personal friendships, start to challenge the young soldiers assumptions about what might be true, and worthy of service. And soon Eamon must conceal a fatal secret: he is sworn to both Eldered and to Hughan, the rightful king of the land. Yet he may not forswear the vows he has uttered in all good faith so however he serves, his name will be traitor.
As tensions and military skirmishes increase, Eamon finds himself trusted by both his masters. How can he possibly maintain his integrity, act justly to his fellow officers of the Gauntlet, and act on behalf of all the warring people of the land?
I think it takes an incredibly gifted author to create a whole world and fill it with empires and kings. That is exactly what Anna Thayer has done and she has done it spectacularly. Welcome to The River Realm where Eldered rules. However he rules by force and murder and is not the true king. Eamon meets and knows the true King but is torn in his soul because he is sworn to both and eventually he will have to betray one. This is a great way to begin a new first-rate series. This story is like Robin Hood and King Arthur all rolled up into one and it is an allegory for many things most importantly the battle between God and the devil and who will man ultimately serve. Ms. Thayer has given us a unique action adventure that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible. I recommend this book highly and look forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lion Hudson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Take HeedJuly 30, 2014The Happy ReaderColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Written in a Lord of the Rings style, this first book in the series is a promising beginning. Lush, scenic writing fills the reader's imagination with exciting places, heroes, and villains.
While the scenes and plotting were very good, I did find some of the paragraphs a little long. That's not always a bad thing. Being a fan of classical literature, I'm rather used to such paragraphs, but I can't help wondering if today's young adults will feel the same as I do.
You can tell the author knows her Tolkein and Lewis very well, and I applaud her for being able to bring us a fresh, exciting series we can love in a similar fashion to those other great works.
I am looking forward to reading the next book by Ms. Thayer who reminds us, in a highly enjoyable fashion, what it could mean if we trust and pledge our honor and obedience to the wrong Master - making this series a timeless tale all would do well to heed.
**My thanks to Kregel Publications for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required this review be positive.**
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Every man has a destiny. His is to betray!July 25, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A fantasy novel written in somewhat Medieval Times about a the main character by the name of Eamon Goodman, who for the right idea, pledged his service to The Master. Through his childhood, Eamon thought of being a chivalrous Knight or servant of The Hand, the illustrious right hand guard of The Master. Little did he know that upon pledging himself the day he was to become a servant and Ensign of The Master that things would never be the same. The cities and towns who fall under the protection of The Master are protected and kept safe by The Throned one, but are they under his protection or enslaved by his powers and armies?
His childhood friend, a girl by the name of Aeryn, who grew up watching him turn from a young boy with a harsh childhood into a brave young man warned him about accepting the Mark and swearing to obey The Masters Commands. Wishing to prove himself worthy, he disregards his best friends advise and pledges himself to The Master. Will Eamon be lured over to the Dark Forces of The Master or will he reveal himself to be a Kings Man from a time before the Thrown was stolen! The rest of the story will have to be read rather than reviewed!
Read for yourself the story of Eamon Goodman to see if he truly is a Traitor's Heir or if he makes his own history in this epic novel.
I received The Traitor's Heir by Anna Thayer compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars! It has tales of old heroes and a plot that would rival the great King Arthur and The Knights of Camelot! This is the first book in The Knight of Eldaran Series Trilogy and a debut novel as well. I can't wait to read the next novel in the series, The King's Hand!
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Giant canvas, painted with tiny detailJuly 21, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't compare books to Tolkien. He is the best. The Lord of the Rings.... often imitated never duplicated. That said, this is the best fantasy novel I've read since then.
This story takes place in a land called the River Realm. This country is divided into many provinces all around a great and branching river, and those provinces contain both metropolis cities and smaller villages. Our hero Eamon, comes from one of those villages.
Eamon is 23 years old, and he has one goal: to be a member of the River Realm's elite fighting force, the Gauntlet. When this story begins he is a cadet at a military college, learning to serve his land's Master. His dream is to become one of the Master's official Hands.
Eamon will not be swayed from this course until the night he must help execute a dear friend. This friend's crime was disloyalty to the Master, the friend claimed to serve a truer King.
Now Eamon can feel two forces drawing on his strength, two calls summoning him, two kingdoms vying for his fealty.
Will he answer to Eamon, or Eben's Son? Will he pursue the power of the Master's red flame, or seek the purity of the Wayfarer's blue light?
Oh, the tension is high in this story. And it's wonderful and weaves a strong spell. The scenes of nobility stirred my heart and the scenes of horror made my skin crawl.
The first half was adventure and warfare, the second half explored more of Eamon's internal crises, his ambitions and cravings.
I loved Eamon and hated him over and over. His hunger and thirst for righteousness were as real as his moral bankruptcy. One moment he remembered who he really was, and the next he listened to the lying whisper. He was clean and brave, and he was wretched and despairing.
The characters in this story are vulnerable and they break easily, but they also mend.
Without ever preaching, Anna Thayer has written a story that authentically wrestles with big themes. They flow naturally through this fantastic story.
So... is there another book coming? Yes! I'm glad to report there is. The Broken Blade and The King's Hand. Is there enough story here to fill three four hundred page books? Yes! The history of the River Realm, and Eamon's own history, are unfloded in his visions and prove that there is plenty left to reveal.
Thank you Kregel for my review copy.