Warrior, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


It's been eight long years since Marla Wolfblade buried her husband and claimed royal power - and its responsibilities - for herself.

Now she must teach her son, Damin, the skills he needs to survive as warring factions at Court manoeuvre for power, and ultimately for the throne itself.

Damin proves an apt pupil as his mother's advisor teaches him the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power.

However, as he nears the age when he will take the throne, his position becomes increasingly dangerous.

The head of the Sorcerers' Collective, a powerful and influential faction, decides to either turn the young ruler into a puppet or tear the throne away from him.

Damin must decide whom it is safe to trust - and how to claim his birthright.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736 pages, 1 map
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841496535

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This is a good solid fantasy book. On another day it might have got 4.5 or even 5 stars, but I'm in the middle of a load of Ms. Fallon's books and whilst there's nothing at all wrong with this, it's more standard fare than her "second sons" trilogy and suffers in comparison.Like the other books in this series, this book is a sort of prequel to the Demon Child series, but I read that long enough ago that I don't remember enough detail to be sure quite what it going to happen, who will live and who will die and so on.This book is really two books joined together. The first part deals with Damin at 12, the second part with Damin at 24/25. It would be tempting to say he's a brat in the first book - and that's not really fair. He's a charismatic natural leader, as well as a prince, and he's feisty rather than a real brat. The remaining action centres around the need to foster Damin and a cousin who has her mind altered by the head of the Sorcerers Collective to try and assassinate him and the steps taken to avoid that. Some of the big events of Demon Child are mentioned too, although very much in passing. There's enough in this book to explain the changes in the characters even if the real significance of the actions is missing without reading the other books.The second part of the book is set 12 years later when plague and the threat of war are the backdrop, along with the machinations of a mad regent and Damin's desire to be thought a young fool rather than the very shrewd politician and potential general that he is. There's personal tragedy, and the promise of justice to come as well as some steps to make him the leader he has become by the time of the Demon Child books.

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