Jul 182014
 
Review: Child of the KnightChild of the Knight (The Orb #2) by Matt Heppe
Published by Self published on Jun 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: four-stars

Akinos is dead, and the Wasting ended. For a year and a half all is well in the world.

Then terror arrives in Landomere. Mercenary raiders capture the infant children Orlos and Enna. Orlos, the son of Maret, is the only living spiridus. Without him the Great Spirit of Landomere will perish. Enna, the daughter of Hadde and Morin, is a rival to the throne of the Kingdom of Salador. It is a claim Queen Ilana would like to see ended.

Maret, captured with the children, struggles to keep them safe during the dangerous journey to Salador. Hadde will risk everything to save them.

To the north, a weary Champion Nidon returns from war to find a paranoid Queen Ilana plotting against threats real and imagined. To her eyes, Nidon is the greatest threat of all.

Far to the east, beyond the Dragon’s Gate, Cragor wields the Orb of Creation. And with every passing day, his mastery of the Orb grows and the date of the next great invasion draws closer.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I read the first book quite a while ago, and while there isn’t much of a recap, it was easy to follow and enjoy this book on its own. Part of this enjoyment stemmed from the fact that there seem to be no lull in action for the entire book. My heart seemed to pound with excitement through the whole read, and I didn’t want to put it down in case I missed something.

This book really centres on family and children, and how the well being of each is really connected. This is made physical through the ties between Landomere and Orlos, but it’s also seem in Hadde’s actions and the lengths she is willing to go to for her child.

I was impressed that even though I couldn’t remember all the details of the first book while reading this one, I was left with a feeling that I knew the characters, and happily rooted for them. The action was exciting and thrilling, and I hope the next book comes with less wait.

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