- Page Count: 336
- Release Date: July 15, 2014
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…
This was so different from what I was expecting! It was a quick, fast-paced read and I was totally laughing out loud in so many parts! Plus, there were three big plot twists I did NOT see coming… and I loved it all.
Prince Yarvi is born with a crippled hand and will not let himself or the reader forget that he is therefore half a man because he can’t even hold a shield. Yarvi was never meant to be king, but all sorts of twisted schemes ensue and he finds himself on the throne… (view spoiler) and goes through a LOT before the story comes full circle in a wonderfully clever way.
The story is polished and straightforward but still has some powerful imagery & deep dialogue. And it was unexpectedly funny! There’s this witty tone to most of the story that made everything way more adventurous instead of some very serious and important ordeal. And the dialogue was hilariously realistic, too!
I really liked Yarvi as a main character because he managed to turn his empathy, patience, and wit into weapons instead of relying on brute strength. ALL of the characters were really well done, actually. The villains were so unexpected and human. I’ve been annoyed with how a lot of male fantasy authors write women (I mean, we are people… not some magical other species. It’s not that hard) but that was never once an issue here. I definitely recommend this if you like any kind of fantasy books!