Stepping Out is a feature on my blog where I step out of the world of YA and review an adult book instead. The Falcon Throne is also the 18th book I’ve read for the Australian Women’s Writers Challenge.
Release Date: September 9th 2014.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
WHEN KINGDOMS CLASH, EVERY CROWN WILL BE TARNISHED BY THE BLOODY PRICE OF AMBITION.
A bastard lord leads a rebellion against his tyrant king — and must live with the consequences of victory.
A royal widow plots to win her daughter’s freedom from the ambitious lords who would control them both.
An orphaned prince sets his eyes on regaining his father’s stolen throne.
And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn that the greater the power, the more dangerous the game.
A masterful tale of the thirst for power and the cost of betrayal. Epic fantasy at its bloodiest, action-packed best.
Wow. I feel breathless after reading this. This book was EPIC!
The beginning was a little slow for me, and it took at least 100 pages for this to get really interesting, probably because the first few characters introduced were horrible, but by the end I was head over heels in love with it.
This is a story of three kingdoms and its rulers, and those who want to rule them. These kingdoms are ruled by Dukes rather than Kings and each kingdom has its own problems. Balfre is the heir to Harcia and is biding his time until he is Duke. He has grand plans for the future and does whatever it takes to make those plans come to light. He was a horrible person, a heartless ambition driven villain. He was definitely a character I loved to hate though.
Then there was the kingdom of Clemen, ruled by Roric. He is trying to do his best for the duchy, but nothing seems to go right for him and his reign is full of struggle. He is full of heart and all he wants is peace. He was one of my favourite characters. All the characters, both the good, the bad, and the in-between leapt off the page and sunk into my heart.
My favourite, though, was Liam, rightful heir to Clemen. You get to see him grow from a babe to a teen, and there is no doubt I wouldn’t have liked this story as much if he weren’t in it.
There were some great female characters too. I especially loved Catrain, but I can’t really talk about her without being spoilery. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.
The book spans around 15 years and there are many exciting twists and turns throughout this time. In the last third of the book you start to realise there is more to the story than you first thought. Magic starts to play a bigger role and you begin to understand there is another, bigger story going on, and the characters are pawns in another character’s game, a game they don’t know they’re playing. Besides Liam’s story line, this story line has me most excited and intrigued because we are very much still in the dark about this powerful character and why he has his hand in the lives of the other characters.
The ending was incredible! I cannot wait for the next book and can only imagine that it will be even better than the first.
The Falcon Throne was a well imagined, intriguing fantasy. I highly recommend it to those who are fans of dark fantasy.
It’s only downfall was that there was way too much swearing for my liking, and there were a few graphically violent scenes. I prefer my fantasy not quite so dark, but I found it really enjoyable none the less.
You can add it to your Goodreads Here.