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A disillusioned soldier. A spoiled, untried prince. A coup that threatens the country they love.
When retired soldier Kemen finds the young prince Hakan fleeing an attempted assassination, he reluctantly takes the role of mentor and guardian. Keeping the prince alive is challenging enough. Making him a man is harder.
As usurper Vidar tightens his grip on power, Kemen wrestles with questions of duty and honor. What if the prince isn't the best ruler after all?
Invasion looms, and Kemen's decisions will shape the fate of a nation. What will he sacrifice for friendship and honor?
©2012 C. J. Brightley (P)2017 C. J. Brightley
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By Benjamin Olsen on 01-11-18

Decent enough.

a nice little story about a Prince learning how to be a good man before reclaiming the throne. not perfect, but it kept me listening all the way through.

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By Myztikal on 11-28-17

An Immaculate Epic Adventure with Realism in a Fastastical Setting

I've read and listened to several shorts by C J Brightley. Although they did not blow me away, the storytelling was exceptional for an Indie author.
Going into this full length novel, I anticipated more and was treated to a world building full of wonderment with characters so deeply rooted with self conviction and meaning, it was easy to get lost in it.
This must have been professionally edited and cultivated for years. It flowed easily, despite the complexity of the quests and plot.
The narrator was ideal for this storytelling. It was to listen and remain entranced with the book.
A throwback to true epic books. This book isn't a "light" book, but it will entrap a listener or reader until the final words.
Snarky main characters are fine (once in a while) but I was so over it. This book had the characters we connect with and care about.
No love triangles! Although this could be YA, it does not have that annoyance!
Characters grow because of events and knowledge, not because it's plot driven.
Conversations are smooth and believable. It's not forced not stilted.

Descriptive writing! For a first person POV, it is not over burdened with monotonous, tedious details. Only somewhat occasionally stilted, this the 4 stars for the story- but more like 4.50, just not quite 5.
I recommend this to everyone who wants a GOOD book to curl up with.

I was offered an audible code but freely and enthusiastically offer my review and opinions.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-21-17

Great adventure yarn and a wonderful hero!

I love this series of books and have them all in ebook form. I wanted the audio versions but so far only found an audio of book one. I highly recommend these books.

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