King's Shield

King's Shield

Book - 2008
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Exiled from his kingdom, Inda returns home when he discovers that his homeland is about to be invaded and is pressed into service as the king's "royal shield arm" to defend his country against its most powerful and ancient enemy.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books : Distributed by Penguin Group (USA), c2008.
ISBN: 9780756405007
0756405009
Branch Call Number: FIC/SMITH
Characteristics: 594 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

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Jun 06, 2014

This is my least favorite book in the series so far.

Inda is returning home from exile to warn his country of an impending war with the Venn. He is barely given time to greet his friends or family before he's put in charge of defending the kingdom from the Venn invaders.

There was less action in this book and the pace of the story seemed to drag, especially for the first half. There was little time spent with Inda's fleet and what few tidbit's were thrown in didn't feel necessary. The interaction between Inda and his King felt awkward, which I understand was the point of the relationship but it didn't fit into the story as well as it might have.
The addition of the Venn point of view was great. While this started in the second book it was expanded in this one and is becoming very interesting. I am glad to be back amoung the Marlovans, I find them and their culture fascinating.
Once the slow start was overcome and the battles started, the story became far more engaging.

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