Sovereign's Wake

Sovereign s Wake A kingdom crumbles without its ruler The people fall to misery and desperation in the shadow of an empty throne A father does what he must to save his son and his homeland in the absence of kings Ente

  • Title: Sovereign's Wake
  • Author: Lee LaCroix
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  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • A kingdom crumbles without its ruler The people fall to misery and desperation in the shadow of an empty throne A father does what he must to save his son and his homeland in the absence of kings Enter Garreth, ranger and former royal bodyguard, who embarks from his woodland home after defending it from the encroaching loggers of the Blackwoods Company The King is deaA kingdom crumbles without its ruler The people fall to misery and desperation in the shadow of an empty throne A father does what he must to save his son and his homeland in the absence of kings Enter Garreth, ranger and former royal bodyguard, who embarks from his woodland home after defending it from the encroaching loggers of the Blackwoods Company The King is dead they had screamed at Garreth and drove the man to the capital of Amatharsus to resolve the most troubling statement in Malquia s recent history Together with his son, Novas, and daughter of a murdered blacksmith, Kayten, Garreth is hounded by bandits, cutthroats, and highwaymen, unleashed upon the countryside by the abolition of the Crown Aegis, defenders of the King, his land, and his people Garreth unites with the remnants of the Crown Aegis to overcome the military, political, and economic oppression that the Blackwoods Company has imposed on Amatharsus and incites rebellion before the free people of Malquia succumb to crippling recession and the environmental destruction of their verdant nation But can one man find the strength to challenge overwhelming odds when all hope is lost Sovereign s Wake is the first installment of the debut Fantasy series, In the Absence of Kings, by author Lee LaCroix.

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    1. Some are born to lead while others are born to follow, to rely on their leader for stability and safety. The king has died and his kingdom is in shambles, slowing falling apart under the onslaught of a power man who is determined to control and own everything and everyone in his path. How could this be? How could a kingdom not be prepared for such an event?When the news finally hits the ears of a former royal guard in his secluded cabin, Garreth does what many cannot, he leads the fight to save [...]

    2. This novel opens a High Fantasy series without need of fantastical races and creatures [elves, fae, dragons etc] nor magic. It's more Medieval meets Les Miserables. The rogues are properly roguish without being too-too clever. Indeed, there's a refreshing naivete to the working class people in their quest to rebel against the dystopian oppressors who've taken hold since the death of the king months prior.The POV mostly flits between 3 main characters, though a limited few others are allowed a na [...]

    3. This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---I don't normally get into the nitty-gritty of the writing when I compose these posts -- not because I don't notice or care about it -- but sometimes you have to. When I can't make it past the first three paragraphs without the writing drawing attention to itself (not in the delicious way that Neil Gaiman or Don Winslow do so often), I feel like I've got to mention it.In a different time, there was a forest that was as deep as it was plentif [...]

    4. I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This book has the feel of an earnest work of fan fiction within a universe and genre that the author clearly cares greatly about. After reading it, I believe the author has not quite fully matured in their writing style (understandable, given it is Mr. LaCroix's first published book), but is making excellent strides in the right direction. Having only read the first book of this series, I hope the author cont [...]

    5. I really liked the characters in this book and I liked the world they lived in. It seemed very well-developed. I also liked that the characters had a clear mission and there was plenty of action throughout the story. I just got really distracted by all the typos. They pulled me out of the story and it was sometimes hard to jump back in. Also, the ending seemed somewhat abrupt and wasn't terribly satisfying.

    6. *I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review*There were a lot of good things in this book; the story is interesting, lots of characters, gorgeous world building and a very powerful and interesting plot. But some aspects of this book have made my reading a little less straightforward than I would have liked. 1) The timeline and the passing of time. It had been very difficult for me to pinpoint how long was passing between each big step in the story: mont [...]

    7. I suppose I should start with this;Have you ever read a book and while the concept is a good one, you have neutral feelings about it which in turn makes it hard to put into words what you think about it? If the answer to that question is yes, then you’ll understand why my review today will be so short.“In the Absence of Kings” is in all actuality the story of an ungoverned land, the chaos which ensues and the quest of a man doing whatever he can for his family, his land and the people he l [...]

    8. The book starts at a slow pace as we learn about two of the main characters, Nova and his father Garreth. I felt this part of the book was so well written. descriptive it felt effortless to read and enjoyThe pace soon picks up and you are thrust into this new world along with Nova who has never set foot outside the woodlandNow this is a fantasy book I could really get to grips with After the King dies tyranny is commonplace the little man Is down trodden but why does the Queen let this happen?Ga [...]

    9. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIn Sovereign’s Wake, Garreth, the protector of the King’s Forest, has just discovered that the King is dead, and evil is taking over the kingdom. Having been in the forest for years, Garreth had no prior knowledge of what was going on in the city; and on hearing the news, is understandably shocked. With his son (Novas) in tow, Garreth heads back to the city where his old friend lives, in order to try saving his people and his be [...]

    10. I received an e-copy of Sovereign's Wake (In the Absence of Kings, #1) from the author in exchange for an honest review. I appreciated the opportunity and provide my thoughts.The plot takes the reader into the land of Malquia, a royal kingdom where the King has died and the Queen and her brother, Lord Vyse, have implemented dark change. Peace within the city of Amatharsus is threatened by the Blackwoods, the formed protectors of the Queen. The citizens are left to defend what little they have le [...]

    11. I received a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. To be perfectly honest, you can tell this is the Author's fledgling novel. It has huge promise, but there are a few rookie mistakes. Not that I am saying I would do better, as of yet I have not tried (and know that when you are writing, sometimes it just comes out, without experience and a good editor any writer may seem a novice). The main problems were not in the story, but in the fact that some phrases were repeated multiple ti [...]

    12. I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my opinion. I feel as though I should have liked this book more than I did. The plot was good, as were the characters, and yet something just didn’t click for me. Personally, I think the culprit responsible for my ambivalence was Lacroix’s writing style. To be fair, this unique writing style seems to have captivated many of the other reviewers. I think it’s just a matter of personal preference [...]

    13. So I wanted to really like this book. I loved the idea of it and that is why I wanted to review it. Once I started reading it though it was a bit if a struggle for me. I love people who actually can use formal writing, not just slang and text speak, but this book was almost too formal for me. When I am reading a book I want to be able to think but not feel like I am going to be tested on what I am reading later. This book's structure reminded me of some of the books I had to read when I was in c [...]

    14. *I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*I had a hard time with this review because there was a lot to like about this book but at the same time it had a few issues and I had to stop reading at a point since it was taking me so long to get into the story. Once I did get into the book and had more of an investment in the world I found that I read through a bit quicker. I think what makes this book great is the world building I can tell that the author put [...]

    15. OMG this book is so good! I got this book to read and I am so sorry it took so long to read but I didn't want to miss any of its greatness. Reading books online hurts my eyes if I read for to long so it took me longer than expected.This book contains a great sense of literacy balance, with mix of seriousness and humor all blended together that never leaves you bored. Lee's writing doesn't go overboard with useless descriptive sentences that most people just skip anyways. He gives you enough to [...]

    16. I chose the book from the blurb not from the image on the cover, the reason was I looked at it and stupidly assumed it would be a dark, bloody tale. And I don't normally reach for such blood or battle fueled books but on this occasion I am glad I did. Novas and his father lived a different type of life and I was curious about them for many reasons. Though, I did find myself asking throughout the book, what happened Novas' mother? I now wonder if I missed an important paragraph and will have to r [...]

    17. Fantasy with realism and heart. A marvellous return for me to the style of epic fantasy that originally made me fall in love with the genre well over four decades ago. No magic wands, no quick fixes, just a richly painted world peopled by characters with depth and heart who rise to the occasion, and, sometimes, fall whilst attempting to free their land of an oppressive regime. A well written, well paced tale full of intrigue, realistic battle scenes, heart-warming characters and some surprising [...]

    18. The first book of the "In the Absence of Kings" series sets the stage for a grand adventure while still offering an engaging plot along the way. While I thought the first act was a bit drawn out, with the characters awakening in their far-off home, the world that is built from that point is constructed with pleasant descriptions and an absorbing setting, further supporting Garreth's quest for his homeland. By the time the cast arrives in the capital in the beginning of second act (of five), the [...]

    19. I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.This author's debut novel contained vivid description, engaging action, and clever twists following a familiar beginning. When I started to read Sovereign's Wake, I recognized the outline of a good versus evil story that guides many heroic fantasy novels. The heroism Garreth and his allies display is grounded in a well-designed backstory and explored in interesting ways throughout the plot. I liked that the Blackwoods appeare [...]

    20. While I definitely enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the rest of the series, I did have some issues. First, I previously mentioned the overly formal writing. It seemed a bit overdone, but it also seemed to fit the style of story. More importantly, though, were the editing issues. I came across several misused words, instances of confusion (how old is Novas, for example, at times he seems maybe ten, but at others maybe his early twenties a good editor would have caught this), and just [...]

    21. A fantasy adventure novel reminiscent of the Three Musketeers.  The heroes are realistic and relatable with the bad guys getting their comeuppance.  As far a writing or story I found the world building clever, but salted in as needed and not too heavy-handed this is defiantly a worthy read.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan

    22. I received this book for free from the author and this is my honest review. This book has a good story line. Unfortunately, I found it hard to get through, due mostly to being too descriptive for me. I found that the descriptions ended up interfering with the story and resulted in it being a slow read for me. Now, I do want to say that this is my personal preference and not all readers would agree with me. We all like different things and I don't want this review to inhibit your reading of this [...]

    23. Sovereign's Wake is a great fantasy novel if you enjoy action and adventure. The struggle between the Crown Aegis and the Blackwoods is filled with surprising twists and heated battles. While some characters seemed to only move the plot forward with new information or a sudden event, the three main characters Garreth, Kayten, and Novas were more full and had their own aspirations and changed over the length of the story. The fight between good and evil had more impact on me because of the realis [...]

    24. This should have been a four star review except for all the easily fixed grammatical and spelling errors that detract so horribly from such an otherwise action packed, well constructed story. Told from multiple points of view and complete with excellent character development, it does manage to keep your interest until the very end. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    25. Although Medieval Fantasy is not my usual go to genre, I enjoyed reading this book. It had well developed characters, and vivid descriptions. It appears as though the author researched the period thoroughly before writing this book. At times the descriptions can seem a bit long, but that could just reflect my own preference of fast paced books.

    26. I absolutely loved this story! I fell in love with Gareth, Novas, Kayten and all of the rebels. This a Robin Hood- like story like no other! I am VERY impressed and recommend it whole heartedly!

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