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Rezension zu "Destined for a King: The Bastard Brotherhood" von Ashlyn Macnamara

Well written and imaginative
IraWiravor 2 Jahren

I've already read several books by Ashlyn Macnamara that were set in the Regency Era and loved them. "Destined for a King" takes the reader back to very dark times when a keep could be lost in less than a day and a man's life was easily lost to a sword's stroke. Times, when women were considered spoils of war and marriage often was a means to an end.

Calista has to witness the loss of her father's keep to the enemy. In a last attempt to fight them off, she shoots their leader, Torch. When the keep is taken, Torch falls ill and as it was her bolt that hit him, it is up to her to nurse him back to health otherwise the consequences will be rather dire...
Nursing Torch, Calista gets to know him and suddenly his outrageous order to marry him doesn't sound that outrageous anymore. Of course, she was always destined to marry a king - was she? And - which king is her destiny?
Fate brought them together, will men tear them apart?

I loved how Torch, the seemingly bad and dishonorable nobody, proves that honor is not a question of money or riches but of character. Reading about him and his interactions with his men and those around him, you easily understand why his men (and not only them) trust him and follow him.
Oh, I shouldn't forget those amazing characters! Calista is a great character, of course, I always love strong heroines and she is authentic, strong and, well, I'd love to have her as a friend. Torch is also amazing as well as complex, honorable, strong, stubborn (very!) and courageous but the minor characters are also well developed, interesting and complex.

I really enjoyed reading this book and have already reread it. It is a nice mixture of some authentic, somewhat dark (but never too dark, too drastic or too graphic) medieval scenery and some mystic elements and of course, it has a well written and well plotted story that keeps the reader captivated from the first page to the last.

The book was even more enjoyable as it describes the happenings and the heavy fighting but never too detailed or too drastic. It's not like some books (or movies) where you better keep a tally to be able to keep track of the number of deaths (or the number of people left). We are talking about the really dark times, even though the book is set in a fictional country, it hints at Scotland and medieval Britain and we all now that it was a time where a man's life meant nothing and many horrible things happened. All this is implied and sometimes hinted at, the ffeling of danger is there but the reader never really gets confronted with the gruesome details. It's not like some books where you feel that somewhere you must have taken a wrong turn and ended up in a slaughterhouse. You get the feeling but it is told in a way that you can still thoroughly enjoy the nice story and the wonderful love story.

Okay, to cut a long story short - I really enjoyed this well written and imaginative book and will definitely read it again.

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