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Publisher's Summary

In this prequel to Crown Duel, teenage Shevraeth is invited by a king his own age to train in command at the cavalry academy in Marloven Hess, known for its violent history. Shevraeth is reluctant to leave his own comfortable and civilized Remalna for this warrior kingdom, except that Remalna is slowly becoming less civilized and more violent under a bad government. In Marloven Hess' elite academy, Shevraeth finds every assumption overturned, including his own identity. He discovers action, laughter, terror, enemies, friendship - and even romance - as world events move inexorably toward conflagration.
©2008 Sherwood Smith (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kyahgirl on 03-08-16

The making of a leader - not to be missed!

4.5/5; 5 stars ; A

This book is, by far, my favorite of those I've listened to by this author. The fantastic narration is a big factor. Fred Berman has a voice that can seamlessly move between young and old voices, as well as male and female. I liked how the bulk of the narration was done with an American accent and then when Vidranic was speaking or the letters between him and his family were referenced it was with a different accent.

Anyway, this is a character driven story of a young man, thrust into the foreign world of a military school in a foreign country. He has a shaky start but through determination, intelligence, kindness and wits, he excels and spends the next four years learning and growing into a man and a warrior.

The 'big bad' in this story is mostly a looming shadow, providing impetus for much of the training at the military school, but doesn't really play a role action. The focus is on Vidranric's education and his growth as a person and a leader. I really enjoyed it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori L Elmer on 04-25-18

THIS IS WHY I READ!!!!

I can not express how wonderful this story is and frankly every book Sherwood smith has(that I have read)written!!!!! If I could give it 10 stars I would!!! ❤️ I don’t like sex written into books that’s not real story tailing, and so many new stories copy each other😝 but the real character building and laughing and crying. This book makes you want to be better and isn’t that a novel thought 😉

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By Amazon Customer on 05-09-18

An amazing book, and a great read!

I absolutely adored it, the way he does the voices just makes it so much more interesting! I could listen to it on loop.

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