Thursday, July 15, 2010
Review: King's Property
King's Property is the first book in the Queen of the Orcs trilogy by Morgan Howell and a Fantasy by Ballantine Books.
Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant's army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates - amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss - Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.
King's Property is a very good read.
Dar is the product of her father's first marriage - and his new, younger wife does not like her. So when the King's men come round looking for girls to serve in the army - Dar's father gives her to them.
When Dar finds that she is to serve in the orc regiment she is scared - but she realizes very quickly that the orcs are not as treacherous as the men who serve the King.
Dar decides to make friends with a particular orc - but by doing so, she alienates herself from the people around her - which is both good and bad.
King's Property is the story of one woman's journey from captive slave to reluctant leader. I enjoyed it very much.
I give King's Property 4 out of 5 stars and I am reading book two - Clan Daughter now.