Royal Exile : Book One of the Valisar Trilogy Hardback
The first instalment of a thrilling new epic fantasy trilogy from the rising star of the genre. From out of the East they spread like a merciless plague -- destroying kingdom after kingdom and the sovereigns who had previously mocked the warlord Loethar and his barbarian horde.
Now only one land remains unconquered -- the largest, richest, and most powerful realm of the Denova Set...Penraven. The Valisar royals of Penraven face certain death, for the savage tyrant Loethar covets what they alone possess: the fabled Valisar Enchantment, an irresistible power to coerce, which will belong to Loethar once every Valisar has been slain.
But the last hope of the besieged kingdom is being sent in secret from his doomed home, in the company of a single warrior.
The future of Penraven now rests on the shoulders of the young Crown Prince Leonel who, though untried and untested in the ways of war, must survive brutality and treachery in order to claim the Valisar throne.
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/10/2008
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007276011
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Review by wyvernfriend
Cannibalism, murder, plotting and barbarians all come together in this story to produce quite a complex story. I did quite enjoy the story and some of the characters were seriously interesting. The story opens with a barbarian hoarde invading the Denova Set, a peaceful set of kingdoms with the Valisar Monarchs at the core. The Vasilar Monarchs have a legendary power that the barbarian covets, the power of compulsion. King Brennus is the current Vasilar monarch and he knows he's going to die, all he can do, on the day of his latest child's birth is to try to make sure that some of his family survive. The pain and terrible decisions he has to make are quite clear. He keeps trying to do the right thing, up to the end. As the Barbarian Loethar takes control and cannibalises Brennus in front of his wife, you can see where people make terrible decisions, often to try to do the right thing.It's an interesting read, I did have some moments in the middle where I was almost lost but I'm looking forward to the sequel.