Saturday, January 7, 2017

Review: The Shattered Crown

Title: The Shattered Crown
Author: J. W. Webb / Author's Website 
Blurb:'You ride into peril, Corin an Fol!'
Those are the words of the witch at the ford. Corin an Fol, mercenary, brawler, womaniser and drinker, ignores them and thus finds himself caught in a tangled web of sorcery, intrigue and dark prophesy.
When the High King is murdered and his broken crown goes missing, Queen Ariane suspects the wily hand of Caswallon the sorcerer. She forms a secret council and rides out to find the Oracle of her Goddess, to see if her worries are proved right. But Caswallon is onto her and the noose tightens fast around the young queen.
Corin an Fol returns to his village seeking solace in drink. Instead he finds an old contact waiting for him who persuades him to join Queen Ariane in her fight against Caswallon. And so, like the queen, Corin an Fol is snared by the sorcerer. Our boy has a big sword and bad attitude, but is that enough to survive the hordes Caswallon sends against them?

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**This book was reviewed via Book and the Bear Blog Tours**

Fact: I enjoyed this book way more I had anticipated.
 Besides, the Celtic folklore's woven into the story here ans there was definitely lovely and not something you often find in fantasy books.

The characters were well defined, and Corin isn't definitely your classical hero, he's more of a peculiar kind....tough, not really beautiful but charming in his own right. And he's a bit of a "savage" but underneath it all he has a good heart.

"Corin an Fol was not remotely pretty. Rather he was ugly in a very attractive way: his too-long nose, curling lip, sulky gaze and that nasty scar. All made for a weather-beaten, wintery kind of look"

But the character I loved most was queen Ariane. That woman had such spirit and the dialogues between her and Corin were definitely fun to read.

The writing style was good and so was the pacing, although some parts were slower than others and a tidbit boring. Still...I cannot say this wasn't a good book. It was and you can read it even without having read the previous one as I did.

At some point I got confused by all the strange names/places etc. But hey this was my personal problem *lol*. I would still recommend to give this book a try.


 3.90 stars

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