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Reviewed by George McVey for Readers' Favorite
Bjoran Horsa just might be the hero king of prophecy. If so, then the current Monarch, King Olaf, needs to step aside to allow Bjoran to fulfill the prophecy and save the kingdom of Astarkand from the evil elf lord Woden. The only problem is that Olaf, a Biblical King Saul, refuses to turn over the throne. Instead, he has decided to make Bjorn a prince of the realm. When that plan fails, Olaf decides to just kill Bjoran instead. Now on the run for his life, Bjoran and his men must find a way to fulfill the prophecy, which says that Olaf must give them the throne. How does one force a king to abdicate when he is dead set on holding on to his throne and killing his only hope for salvation?
Ms. Kercher has created a world and a hero that catches your attention and makes you want to cheer for them. You want Bjoran to win over Olaf and you want the kingdom of Astarkand to be saved. At the same time, you feel sorry for Olaf and his son. This book caught my attention and I didn’t want to stop reading until the last page. Even then, I was wishing there was more. I am very glad that this is only the first book of a series. I will be keeping an eye on this author looking for more of the tales of Astarkand and of Bjoran.