From the moment I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. The story is a story that resonates with human nature--following the crowd, sin, love, etc. It's a story about family, home, and redemption. I couldn't put down any of the books until I finished the last chapter of the last book (The Broken Blade).
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
The Traitors Heir was a good book. It is about a man named Eamon Goodman whose highest ambition is to serve the Master of the River Realm. However, soon after he has sworn his allegiance to the Master, he discovers that not everything is as it seems. A voice enters his mind and goads him to do evil for the Masters glory. Joining the Gauntlet or army of the River Realm means serving the Master and fulfilling his duty whatever the cost against the Realms enemies, but when he is captured by these enemies, he is brought to the true King of the Realm. This King opens Eamons eyes to a new way of serving something bigger than him. Eamon agrees and swears a new oath to the King. He is then sent to the Kingdoms capital to spy for the King, but once inside he is exposed to temptations of power and lust for high born women sworn to the Master. In his struggles, Eamon wonders which master he is going to betray for a man cannot serve two masters.
There were things that I liked about the book and things that I didnt like. What I liked about the book was that it has some Christian elements to the story and it shows what Christians go through in this world for even though they are Christians they are still human. There will always be temptation, so whether we give in or stand our ground is our choice. Eamon represents one such Christian who is struggling to serve the true King and yet the power of temptation is very strong. Without the help of the power of the Kings Grace, Eamon will fall. What I also liked about the book is that it shows a man trying to be an example of light in a world of darkness. I also enjoyed some of the fantasy elements in the book that reminded me of The Lord of The Rings.
What I didnt like about the book is that it has some language and sexual content. Fortunately, the language didnt involve the F-word. The sexual content wasnt totally explicit or graphic, which was good. I do get the reasoning behind this as it shows how people who dont believe in God or people who have said they believe in God but have walked away from their faith in Him behave in this world. They follow the ways of sin and not that of God.
So I liked the book a lot and I would recommend this book to others.
Eamon Goodman is taking his oath to become a member of the Gauntlet. This has been a goal of his for years. At the time he is taking the oath he feels something is speaking to him. This also made him do things he would have never dreamt he would do. This leads to his life being set in turmoil. Then he meets someone that has the same characteristics that he believes in. Now he must choose follow the King or keep the oath.
I was drawn into the story by the story overview plus the fact that it is a fantasy book. After the main character is turned, the reader is not sure which path he is going to take. The characters in the book were so well-written that I caught myself feeling for them and caring for what would happen. I believe that those that enjoy fantasy will also enjoy this book.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Great first book in fantasy series, similar to writings of C.S. Lewis
October 19, 2015
The cover of this book was definitely enticing but I wasn't sure what to expect, and when it arrived and I saw the size of it, 541 pages, I was wondering what I had got myself in to.
But then I opened the book, and I was hooked. This is the first in the trilogy, The Knight of Eldaran, and once you read this one, you will definitely want the rest of the series.
This is the story of Eamon and his childhood friends Aeryn, Ladomer and their friend Hughan whom disappeared, and the choices they make, good or evil, and the consequences of these choices. Eamon will be told whom he really is, not just the son of the bookbinder but oh so much more. But how could that be possible when he is often overcome by a dark and sinister voice, telling him lies about who he is, and what he can and can not do.
"The hideous voice crept into his mind, clearer than ever.
'You have no need of him to pour witless sympathies about your feet. He cannot help you, and would not if he could. Leave!
Eamon rose to his feet.
Hughan laid his hand on Eamon's arm. 'You needn't listen to him, Eamon.' His eyes met and held Eamon's own. 'Do you want to sit?'
'Yes,' Eamon whispered.
"Then put the voice behind you, and be at peace.'
At the authority of the King's voice a growl thundered through Eamon's skull. The voice within suddenly relinquished its hold and died away." pg. 148
On the way to Dunthruik, having been promoted to Lieutenant, the ship Eamon is traveling on is overtaken by the Wayfarer's and only Eamon and his Cadet Mathaiah Grahaven are left alive. The Hands come upon the hidden village of Wayfarer's, while looking for any survivor's of the downed ship, and Eamon soon realizes that he must give up himself to save the many in hiding. He arranges to meet up with them later, and by then his cadet has decided to join in with him for this adventure.
When they meet up to be taken to Dunthruik the cadet begins to act quite strangely and Eamon is not sure if it is something the Hand has done to Mathaiah or if in fact he is playing. And continues to worry as he realizes the Hands are taking Mathaiah with them, while leaving Eamon at the West Quarter Guantlet College. Later while they share in a hunt together Mathaiah shares a little of what happened to him when they were separated.
"It was frightening at first. But then someone came to me. I don't know where from, or who he was. He... he was like Hughan--and yet unlike him. His face was wrong, yet somehow more right, too, and his voice! I cannot describe it to you. there was a kind of light all around him-blue, or white, or sliver all at once...The cadet paused, as though drawing his thoughts into order. Eamon listened in awe. 'He seemed kind, so I asked him to stay with me. He wasn't at all frightening. He knew my name and spoke to me of courage. He told me that I was a King's man and that although I was in darkness it couldn't keep me or hold me. He made me feel better--stronger and less afraid.
'He said that the Hands had brought me to Dunthruik and that they wanted to get into my mind--no, 'breach' was the word he used-but that I shouldn't worry, because they would find it unreachable. He said I was safe and that you would come; he stayed with me until you did and then he left, but I didn't see him go...Then I woke up.'" pg. 280
Lady Alessia invites Eamon to be her escort at the masque at the palace, and he goes in search of a costume, and finds quite the 'piece'. He is definitely making a statement.
"On a splintered hanger was a dark pair of trousers with a thin slivered strip running down the seam. With it hung a pale blue shirt, thinning in the sleeves. It had a dark blue cloak with a high collar. But it was the shirt that caught Eamon's eye, for on it were the faded remains of a stitched sword and star...Though a little thinned in places the trousers were well made; their silver seam shimmered in the lamplight. The shirt sat easily on his shoulders and the cloak, as it fell about him, enfolded him comfortingly. He felt the embroidery over his heart and was encouraged by it.....
'I think it fits.'
The shopkeeper nodded. 'There's just one more thing.' He hobbled forward and tugged with a veined hand at the chain showing at Eamon's neck. The heart of the King spilled forward to shimmer in the light. 'Now it fits,' he whispered, hie old eyes rimming with tears. pg. 306,307
Although he has good intentions and even desires, he struggles with living in the world, and not being conformed to it. He struggles with making the right choices, and many times even knowing what the right choice is.
"Had he ever known whom he served? It was Hughan who had called him First Knight, under that name and with Hughan's blessing, Eamon had come to Dunthruik to aid the King. Or had he come to rise to Right Hand, to be vested in black and serve the glory of the flame-faced Master?
He had done neither.
'Eamon.' Her grip tightened on his hand. 'You cannot serve them both.'
'You have to choose.'
It was the truth he had long sought to evade. Now he faced it. 'I thought I had chosen,' he whispered. 'But I never did. I suppose I thought that I could pick and choose my fealty. But I can't. It has to be all, or nothing.'" pg. 414
A dear friend, colleague is injured in battle and having watched so many die from his mistakes, Eamon does what many of us do at times, we beg.
"He closed his eyes. He pleaded with the blue light, the King's grace, begging it to overlook his oaths and transgressions, imploring it to come and save a man whose life surely deserved saving. Was it not but little to ask?
You are not a Serpent's man. Cease your unseemly pleading. No grace will come to you, son of Eben. You serve me.
The voice worked cruelly in his mind and his hope fell, crushed. No grace would come. Anderas would die.
He tore his hand away and rose. He could not stay there." pg. 461
Although Eamon struggles with choices, it is obvious to him, that many including Aeryn, her father and now his young cadet, once friend, Mathaiah have made their choice and are willing to stand up for their belief no matter the outcome.
"There is no man here to whom I may bend my knee!" Mathaiah gasped, eyes clenched against the pain....
The Master held out one hand. He laid it on Mathaiah's bare shoulder. The boy wrenched back as though it brought with it intolerable pain. Red light roared about the Master's fingertips...Mathaiah howled as the light scoured him, broken sobs from cracked lips....
The red light, stronger than bands or flames, increased, and suddenly Mathaiah was cast on his knees. There was a horrid crack as they struck the cold, hard floor....
'You may break my body, or make it kneel, 'he gasped, 'but you will not have my heart. I am a King's man." pg 521, 522
Finally he finds the courage to stand up and face his demons, and make the choice.
"His will and heart rose to the call. Rising above the insidious, crawling din of the unseen beast that hounded him, he made his choice:
'In the name and grace of the King, get behind me!" Eamon yelled. 'Do you hear? Behind me and hence!'
The darkness was gone." pg 532
This novel reminds me of the writings of C.S. Lewis, in that as you read the story there is a whole different, more intense meaning happening behind the scenes. I was a little surprised to see the use of some language that I would not expect to find in a Christian book, but based on how it was used I could see it fitting into the story line. There was also Eamon sharing a bed with Alessia, but the reality is this stuff happens all the time and this section was short and once you turned the page the story moved on.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast reading book, full of adventure, intrigue, but mostly Eamon and the fact that he was not perfect and struggled much as I do at times. I would highly recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike. Two thumbs up!! Pick up this book and see if you don't agree, and run out to get the rest of the series as well.
Thank you to bookfun.org for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
"The Traitor's Heir" is book one of "The Knight of Eldaran trilogy." This is a fantasy novel depicting the battle between good and evil. Unfortunately, one can't always tell which is which.
Eamon Goodman has always desired to serve the Master. He wants to be the best cadet possible, in order to impress the "Hands." He looks up to those in leadership and wishes to one day, be just like them. He has been raised to view these men as good.
This book follows Eamon as he goes through his training and makes choices about following the Master. When he sees a close friend of his burned at the stake, by order of the Master, he starts to question what or whom is truly good. Eamon's journey will take you through many trials, strange lands and you will see that he is a young man of great integrity and brains. When he meets an old friend he thought was deceased he begins to question everything he thought he knew about right and wrong, good and evil.
Eamon has the Master's voice in his head, reading his thoughts and giving him orders. For a time the King helps him eliminate this voice, but then he allows it back. Whom does he follow? Who is the rightful king? You will have to read the book to find out!
The Traitor's Heir is a lengthy, action filled novel. I thought it was rather violent, but I could see guys liking the action, torture and battles, as well as enjoying the military type training.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.