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Druid's Bane (The Arkaelyon Chronicles, #1) by Phillip Henderson
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The king's only daughter, Danielle de Brie, and her twin brother, Kane, are preparing to face each other with swords in the tourney ring as the Illandian Spring Tournament approaches.
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Determined to free herself from the fear of her twin brother and to demonstrate that such men can be defeated, Danielle's ambition is to take her brother's title for herself on the field of arms. But Danielle has no idea that an expelled group of druids are about to change her world and that the twins' hate for each other will provoke civil war. And never more certain is ignorance of the ancient gift hidden in her ancestry. An odd dream is the only hint she has of the dangerous manipulation that is stirring in the shadows of her father's realm and her involvement in it.
But when she makes passing mention of the dream to the Lord Protector, Father Joseph's response and the secrets he and a priestly order protect are destined to set her on a desperate and perilous path to save her father's realm from an unimaginable evil. A brother and sister, a prince and princess.
Neither one, we feel, is going to be good for the kingdom but Danielle has the backing of many wise heads among the court and, should she choose to listen to advice, will prove the more successful head of state. We see the effort that Danielle puts into training for the tourney, her self-doubts and her stubbornness and these traits are contrasted with the utter cruelty and malevolence of her brother who's ambition is to re-establish slave trading as a means of enriching himself and his allies. Compare it too, with A Game of Thrones which has a similar breadth of cast and wide borders.
This is a chronicle which takes a huge view of this fictitious kingdom. In fact such a breadth that it is occasionally difficult for the reader to switch their own viewpoint as we move from one character or location to another. This aside, we find an attention to detail which can sometimes be at the microscopic scale and shows us what life is like for individual or family living ordinary lives - they don't care too much who rules them, taxes and tithes will be the same, their lives neither shorter or longer. Philip Henderson has drawn a grand picture, a pleasure to read, set aside plenty of time.
This is a large, majestic novel. A great read like the Game of Thrones. The author writes a compelling story, filled with sibling rivalry, intrigue, romance, action and adventure set in a mythical land. It's a huge novel and takes some time to read with a large array of characters. A character list at the beginning would have been helpful to readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to read the followups. My only criticism with the book is the editing and lack of proofreading. Too many errors, missed words, mispellings.
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I can accept a few errors in a book but these distract the reader from a great story. The author needs to correct the Kindle version, it's easily done and repost. I would have given the book a 5-star rating but for the errors, which drop it to 4-star. Still, I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy fiction. Not my usual genre, but Henderson made me a fan.
It's a damn good read! I have never been a fan of Fantasy novels, but agreed to read this as a kind of a challenge. I'm glad I did for I find Phillip Henderson has a gift, and is indeed a rare talent. His style of writing is on a level with almost all of the wordsmiths I have read, and I've read many over the years. This is a novel that would sit comfortably on the book shelves along with other giants of the genre; even with historical novels of repute. I very much like the detailed world building, although on the surface there is this medieval feudal system, there are many more modern political ideologies vying for exposure.
Druid’s Bane by Phillip Henderson
This can be somewhat evidenced by the principal protagonist herself - a fighting princess no less, far removed from any fairy tale. I do very much like the authors style, a distinct voice that has an sharp edge to it, more realistic and heavier feel than many writing in the genre and yet with flowery conversations you would expect from the pen of Susanna Clarke or even Jane Austen. Ultimately Druid's Bane is incredible beginning to what promises to be a rewarding fantasy epic, a rich and immersive tale told by a real wordsmith.
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