Monday, October 7, 2013

Blood of Ancient Kings - Review

Almost a month ago I received a copy of this book and its sequel. Let me tell they really surprised me :) Both of them are really good fantasy books. I liked the second best but for now you can read my review for book one.
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending them.

Blood of Ancient Kings (Ancient Kings) 
by V.J.O. Gardner
Blood of Ancient Kings A medieval story of love, honor, and courage. 
As a young prince grows up and advances through the military ranks, with his true identity unknown to his friends, he meets a young girl and they become friends. 
As the years pass their friendship blossoms into true love, knowing that she already has an arranged marriage and he being royalty most certainly has one as well, they still continue with their relationship. 
As their friendship progresses he must be courageous as he goes through many trials, testing his love for her, his loyalty to the kingdom, and in doing what’s right as an officer and a gentleman. 

The story spans multiple generations, their families deal with many problems, going from the pain of death, to the joy of birth as they feel the blood of the ancient kings running through their veins. 

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*****
MY REVIEW.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blood of Ancient Kings is the first book in the Ancient Kings series. It’s a medieval story that deals with friendship, honor, justice and love. A story about growing up, about redemption, about learning who we really are and the person we could become.

Once Colonel Langward takes the throne from King Burkhart, he sends the tyrant and his daughter to the villa where he used to live. This way the path of the two families will become one. The story goes through a large period of time, showing us how the prince and Aurora (Burkhart’s daughter) grow up and going up until a lot of years later.

This is a story with an uneven rhythm, faster or slower at times. With just a few action moments, the story almost recreates the speed of the medieval life. It really feels like if we were there, that’s what is interesting about it. I liked the long descriptions of places, feelings, situations, daily activities and how the years gone by, however if you don’t like this kind of writing you might not enjoy it.

The characters are well described; we get the chance to really get to know them because of the length of the book and because of the story narrating so many years of their lives. We see different sides of them, how they change through time. There’s one character whose personality was really annoying, King Langward is supposed to be this just and compassionate man but he make some decisions that really pissed me off. I understand that they were perfect for the story and get things in motion but I couldn’t help to get mad at him.

Another thing I like was the naïve romance and the profound love each character has for their respective partner. The values were a big thing for them, the honor was important and a man’s word was worth a lot. The author really captures the essence of medieval times.

The book has a simple language, easy to follow and understand. The only thing missing were a few more action moments or swords fight, I mean there is some but I would have like more tension.

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