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Thief's Daughter, The (Kingfountain) MP3 CD – Unabridged, May 31, 2016
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Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.
A pretender to Severn’s throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter—and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen’s conflicted heart follow the king’s path or will he risk everything for love?
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1511376341
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511376341
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
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In the meantime, though, they are sent off on a partly diplomatic, partly spy mission to the king Severn has picked out to be Evie’s husband. They are assisted by another young member of the Espion, Clark, and a new poisoner, Etayne. The king of Atabyrion is harboring a young man who claims to be Severn’s nephew who was supposedly murdered years before. Owen and Etayne are charged with finding out whether he really is who he claims to be, in which case they are to try to bring him back to Ceredigion, or if he is an impostor, in which case they are to kill him.
Other events in Ceredigion include Severn’s niece, Elyse, fleeing the country to marry King Chatriyon of Occitania against her uncle’s wishes. This, among other things, makes Severn really mad, and Owen feels he is becoming dangerous again. Nevertheless, he decides to remain loyal to the king – although this loyalty in part assumes the form of pretending to entertain the idea of defecting to Chatriyon’s side to find out what he is up to. While on this mission, he discovers something much different from what he expects to find.
This book was interesting with a good plot and characters. The romantic conflict added interest, and I wonder how that will turn out. However, I found it disturbing how devoted Owen was to King Severn - Not sure how the name is spelled. I did audiobook. In the first book, this king took children away from their parents so he could kill the children if he needed to punish the parents. He murdered Owen's older brother, and a lot of the first book was two people scheming to help Owen appear to be valuable to this king so he wouldn't also be murdered. Yet, Owen is loyal to the king and admires him. Toward the end, there's some concern that the king is becoming a monster. Excuse me, anybody willing to tie up children, put them in a boat, and send them over a waterfall to be dashed to pieces and/or drowned has long passed monster. I guess you call it Stockholm syndrome, but it was still troublesome.
The only other problem was that some sentences needed tightening up. There were several places with unnecessary words and redundancy. Like "ached in pain" - ache means pain. Or "smile on his face" -where else would it be. But I doubt anybody who hasn't taken courses in editing would notice that or care.
I like this book I like this author, he's original and you don't find that a lot. I read the last series and liked them very much and was surprised in places which is hard to do to me.
So if you want to read a book written by a person I'd do lunch with this is the guy...
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His introduction and later friendship with the new Kings Poisoner, introduces him to someone with an undeveloped or identified Fountain blessed skill which is very clever and utilised to its best advantage.
It does somewhat have the curse of a second book in a trilogy in that the first half of the book after the battle is slow and drawn out, partially in description which drew me away to faster paced books for a while. However, the second half drew me straight back in based again around the events of Richard III and the two boys in the tower it draws on these events to put a spin on the plot and introduces Eyric a usurper to the King with a valid claim on the thrown as he was thought to have been dead.
This instigates a change in direction for Owen and the identification of his destiny to protect the future king. A story set to continue in The Kings Traitor.
It appears on Amazon that there may now be a fourth book in this series so it will no longer be a trilogy.
Wheeler has made me want to read some of the accounts in British history that these books have been based upon which says a lot in that I hated history at school.