Book Review: “The Traitor’s Heir” by Anna Thayer

August 1, 2014 at 3:45 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Anna Thayer in her new book “The Traitor's Heir book coverThe Traitor’s Heir” Book One in The Knight of Eldaran series published by Lion Hudson introduces us to Eamon Goodhand .

From the back cover:  Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.

Like many from his village, young Eamon Goodhand dreamed of joining the Gauntlet, the army of the overlord Eldered. Now he is about to complete his training and swear his loyalty to Eldered and his commanders, the Hands, who uphold Eldered’s tight control of the land.

Entering into the service of the Gauntlet, Eamon’s gifts, particularly his potent Sight, quickly become valuable to his superiors and he advances to the command rank at a speed that arouses the suspicions of fellow officers.

However, Eldered’s bloody rule, and Eamon’s personal friendships, start to challenge the young soldier’s assumptions about what might be true, and worthy of service. And soon Eamon must conceal a fatal secret: he is sworn to both Eldered and to Hughan, the rightful king of the land. Yet he may not forswear the vows he has uttered in all good faith so however he serves, his name will be traitor.

As tensions and military skirmishes increase, Eamon finds himself trusted by both his masters. How can he possibly maintain his integrity, act justly to his fellow officers of the Gauntlet, and act on behalf of all the warring people of the land?

I think it takes an incredibly gifted author to create a whole world and fill it with empires and kings. That is exactly what Anna Thayer has done and she has done it spectacularly. Welcome to The River Realm where Eldered rules. However he rules by force and murder and is not the true king. Eamon meets and knows the true King but is torn in his soul because he is sworn to both and eventually he will have to betray one. This is a great way to begin a new first-rate series. This story is like Robin Hood and King Arthur all rolled up into one and it is an allegory for many things most importantly the battle between God and the devil and who will man ultimately serve. Ms. Thayer has given us a unique action adventure that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible.  I recommend this book highly and look forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lion Hudson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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