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Send to the Ab­bey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. The Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours of new Affinity Seeps, places where the untamed power wells up. By royal decree all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Ab­bey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Elsewhere others are tainted with Affinity and must fight to survive. Political intrigue and magic combine in this explosive first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy.… (mais)
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The King's Bastard is the first book of the King Rolen's Kin trilogy. Like most books, I picked it out originally because the cover art interested me. I mean, being a fan of sword & magic fantasy, then seeing this cover ... surely it had to be a good read. Reading the synopsis on the back of the book made me decide to get it, and the others in the series.

The first book here introduces us to the characters we are going to be seeing, most of them being the four children of the current king of Rolencia, King Rolen. The oldest two, Lence and Byren, are twins, with Byren being 7 seconds later, thus Lence will inherit the throne. They are both grown to about twenty years of age, I would guess. The younger brother Fyn, is magically afflicted (called Affinity) and has been raised at the monks for Halycon. The youngest, and only girl, is Piro.

At the start of the story, Byren is confronted by a seer, and Fyn is as well, seemingly the same one, at approximately the same time. From there, Byren is trying his best to not let the seer's prophecy come true, as is Fyn. During this process, their 'cousin' Illien comes to Rolencia, and is accepted back into the family. Illien's father was years previously banished for ... oh, that's a long story. Either way. Illien is here now, and spreading dissention between Lence and Byren.

I don't want to ruin any details of the story. No spoilers here. Daniels has written the start of a decent story using what I feel is an old story line. The writing style I felt was a bit more for the Young Adult crowd, but still enjoyable and quickly read by adults. Looking forward to the next books, and novellas, in this series. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
One of those slick page-turner fantasies, quick and easy to read, nothing really wrong with it, just not amazing. (Australia produces a lot of these, and I used to be less picky about it than I have become in my cantankerous old age.) I liked the wintry setting (Vikings on skates!) and the story was entertaining, but I just wish there was more to it. I wish it had made more of the suggestion that stigmatising homosexuality makes other forms of betrayal more likely. I wish it had dug more deeply into the hard truths and settings of the younger siblings (Fyn's compulsory holy orders, Piro's compulsory useful marriage, both of their stories more interesting to me than the older brothers). And I wish it hadn't conformed quite so readily to the "rough and ready honest folk versus those smooth-tongued tricksy bastards" stereotypes.

But it was fun to read. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
This book is the reason why I love fantasy. It swept me away, it had me biting my nails and when I tried to do other things I couldn't stop thinking about it. Yes, it has been all I have been thinking about for the last few days.

Byren is the main character, a young prince who loves his family and country. But his brother doesn't care for his company any more, and is listening to bad advice. And when Byren is seen as a hero after killing a beast the anger grows in Lence. The other main characters are Piro, the youngest member of the family and she is hiding her magic so she will not be sent away since all those with affinity becomes nuns or monks, or are killed. Then there is Fyn, with little affinity he has served long, and no when it's time to become a monk for real he is not sure which path to take.

There is political intrigues and treachery around. Illien, the son of the late king's bastard has come to court and has soon charmed the king and Lence. He is spreading lies, and what his agenda is, I can only imagine. Oh how I loathe him from the start with his slick ways.

With Illien at court trouble start. There is also the subject of Lence not wanting to marry a foreign princess, a country that might just attack, trying to keep the peace along the warlords.

This is a book filled with adventure. Things seems to get worse and worse, and they have many personal battles in front of them. And beasts to killed. I was pulled into the story at once, Byren is a young hero that you just have to like. Piro is a little spitfire, Lence and Illien I disliked, and Fyn, well I am still unsure about him. He is nice, but I feel so sorry for him for having to become a monk just cos he is born in Rolencia.

The book had me reading fast to see what happened next, and aching when things didn't turn out good. Lies can hurt more than mortal wounds. This is a story that you can't put down, and when it ended I knew that I have to read more. There are two more books in this trilogy that is being published this year. Because in the end if was a fantastic start to a fantasy series and one of the best fantasy books I have read in years. It suited me perfectly.
Politics, magic, intrigues, love, and friendship is mixed in this amazing tale. And I need more books.


Final thoughts: Hey, why are you still sitting there? Go and read this book now. For you fantasy fans I recommend it. For the rest of you, if you want something good, look no further.
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  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
While some of the plotline is trite, I believe the magic system is interesting, and it does have some plot twists. I ordered the next in the series from the library. So there it is. It was interesting enough to continue on, but not interesting enough for me to pay for it.
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
While some of the plotline is trite, I believe the magic system is interesting, and it does have some plot twists. I ordered the next in the series from the library. So there it is. It was interesting enough to continue on, but not interesting enough for me to pay for it.
  Vinbert | Nov 22, 2015 |
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Send to the Ab­bey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. The Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours of new Affinity Seeps, places where the untamed power wells up. By royal decree all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Ab­bey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Elsewhere others are tainted with Affinity and must fight to survive. Political intrigue and magic combine in this explosive first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy.

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