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7.31.2014

The Traitor's Heir ~ Review

The Traitor's Heir
The Knight of Eldaran Book 1
By Anna Thayer

Every man has a destiny.
His is to betray...

Eamon Goodman is about to swear his loyalty and devotion to the Master.  This has been his goal and dream for many years.  But something occurs during this ceremony, something he cannot understand or explain.  But he is loyal until one of the Master's enemies causes him to question everything he has ever believed.  The battle for Eamon and his allegiance could cost him his life.

The Master has plans for Eamon, but what Eamon doesn't know is that he is of great importance to the King.  Eamon has a destiny to fulfill.  A destiny in which he must betray someone, the only question is whom will he betray.

This is the first book in The Knight of Eldaran series and though it is in of and itself unique fans of Lord of the Rings, Chroncicles of Narnia, and the Tales of Goldstone Wood will find much to delight and thrill them in The Traitor's Heir.  Eamon is caught up in an epic struggle, one in which he finds his loyalties tested.  To whom will Eamon ultimately pledge himself - for whom is he willing to die?  And who will feel the affects of his betrayal?

This is a book which I think would have broad appeal to Tweens, Teens, and Adults.  Fans of Fantasy fiction will be well pleased with the reading of this book, as it is well-written in both character believablity and a well-flowing plot.  This one story you'll want to read again and to share.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publish in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:
Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.

Like many from his village, young Eamon Goodman 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?