The Bastard King by Dan Chernenko

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Book Information  
AuthorDan Chernenko
TitleThe Bastard King
SeriesThe Scepter of Mercy
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Amaunette 
(Dec 11, 2005)

I got about halfway into this book and I just couldn't take anymore. The story idea is halfway original, and there's tons of action, which I like. But I found the language to be juvenile. There is not much depth to the characters at all. In fact, any book that has an evil character say "Avornis is mine! Mine, I tell you!" and cackle to himself is probably more suitable to a younger audience.

Submitted by Rob Roy 
(Jan 19, 2005)

This book was just fantastic. It is not a tale of dragons and trolls. It is a tale of men and gods and of war. It is very realistic and the author goes into great detail and depth when it comes to his characters. You really begin to care about what happens to them. I found the authors style of writting to also be fantastic. The book grabbed me right me away and I couldn't seem to put it down.

The book deals with a young king, who may have not become king, dealing with those who want to and those who do rule his kingdom. The treaty with those who dwell to the north is broken and war begins to rage. To the south, the lands are ruled by the Banished One, a god who had been thrown from the heavens to dwell in the plane of man.

I don't want to go into any more detail and turn this review into a spoiler, The book is just fantastic though. I had never heard of the book or author before. Reading the back cover made me give it a shot and I am glad that I did. A very engrossing tale. Pick it up, I am sure you will enjoy it. I can't wait to start the next one in the series.

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