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BLOG TOUR: The River Kings' Road by Liane Merciel (Book Review 2010-46)

The River Kings' Road by Liane Merciel

Product Description


A thrilling new voice in fantasy makes an unforgettable debut with this "intriguingly twisted tale of treachery and magic" (New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.). Liane Merciel’s The River Kings’ Road takes us to a world of bitter enmity between kingdoms, divided loyalties between comrades, and an insidious magic that destroys everything it touches...

The wounded maidservant thrust the knotted blankets at him; instinctively, Brys stepped forward and caught the bundle before it fell. Then he glimpsed what lay inside and nearly dropped it himself.

There was a baby in the blankets. A baby with a tear-swollen face red and round as a midsummer plum. A baby he knew, even without seeing the lacquered medallion tucked into the swaddling—a medallion far too heavy, on a chain far too cold for an infant who had not yet seen a year.

A fragile period of peace between the eternally warring kingdoms of Oakharn and Langmyr is shattered when a surprise massacre fueled by bloodmagic ravages the Langmyrne border village of Willowfield, killing its inhabitants—including a visiting Oakharne lord and his family—and leaving behind a scene so grisly that even the carrion eaters avoid its desecrated earth. But the dead lord’s infant heir has survived the carnage—a discovery that entwines the destinies of Brys Tarnell, a mercenary who rescues the helpless and ailing babe, and who enlists a Langmyr peasant, a young mother herself, to nourish and nurture the child of her enemies as they travel a dark, perilous road . . . Odosse, the peasant woman whose only weapons are wit, courage, and her fierce maternal love—and who risks everything she holds dear to protect her new charge . . . Sir Kelland, a divinely blessed Knight of the Sun, called upon to unmask the architects behind the slaughter and avert war between ancestral enemies . . . Bitharn, Kelland’s companion on his journey, who conceals her lifelong love for the Knight behind her flawless archery skills—and whose feelings may ultimately be Kelland’s undoing . . . and Leferic, an Oakharne Lord’s bitter youngest son, whose dark ambitions fuel the most horrific acts of violence. As one infant’s life hangs in the balance, so too does the fate of thousands, while deep in the forest, a Maimed Witch practices an evil bloodmagic that could doom them all...


About the Author
 As a so-called “Army brat,” Liane grew up in Germany, South Korea, and several different parts of the United States. She now lives in Philadelphia, where she practices law. She is an alumnus of Yale University and the College of William & Mary Law School. She is of Korean and European heritage. She could not bear to write her own “About” page or even, in all likelihood, to read it.
www.lianemerciel,com

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439159114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439159118
SOURCE:  Publisher

LOVED IT


This is a wonderful fantasy debut and once I started reading it, I found it hard to put down.  The story takes right off and the alternate world will be a joy for any historical fiction fan.  The story weaves magic in a very believable way and I didn't even question them since they were introduced so subtly.  It really reminded me of a knights of the round table type tale.  The author does a great job with the characters as well and you will find yourself cheering for the good ones!  I especially liked the strong character of Bitham.  I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next one since this left me hanging at the end.


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1 comment:

  1. I actually didn't care for this one. I think if there was more Kelland at least and only had no more than 2 POV, then I think I'd like it so much more. I agree with you about the way she handled the magic. Good review.

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