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Deep in the caves of the distant Hinderlands, an ancient menace stirs. Townsfolk shudder at violent memories of The Red Queen and even dare to whisper the name Raudrim. At the same time, word comes to Alastair that Cythraul has at last resurfaced, seeking a devastating weapon in the ruins of Grayvalon. Blood-soaked clues lead Alastair into a confrontation from which only one warrior will return alive. Meanwhile in Anglinore, young Lochlan Stormgarden, the new High King of Myriad, leaves the pomp and politics of ...
Deep in the caves of the distant Hinderlands, an ancient menace stirs. Townsfolk shudder at violent memories of The Red Queen and even dare to whisper the name Raudrim. At the same time, word comes to Alastair that Cythraul has at last resurfaced, seeking a devastating weapon in the ruins of Grayvalon. Blood-soaked clues lead Alastair into a confrontation from which only one warrior will return alive. Meanwhile in Anglinore, young Lochlan Stormgarden, the new High King of Myriad, leaves the pomp and politics of the throne once too often. While blending in with the people of his kingdom, Loch suddenly realizes that he's put them all at risk. The fate of his new found love Arianna, his best friend Telwyn, his family, and indeed the world of Myriad all depend on the decisions of the errant king.
About THE DARK SEA ANNALS series:
A noble king discovers what happens when he leaves a door open for evil. The disastrous consequences impact generations, leaving the throne of Anglinore to a wicked despot, the kingdom in ruins, and Aravel's son Loch in exile. To throw down the vile new authority, Loch will need to find the fabled Halfainin and raise a new army from a world of reluctant citizens. Together with his archer friend Ariana, Loch will face adventures that span the world of Myriad, creatures that defy imagination, and choices great and terrible—all these recorded in The Dark Sea Annals.
Posted August 26, 2012
Posted June 11, 2012
Loch, the young, new king rises to power over Anglinore, the leading country of Myriad. Hating the politics, he blends in with his people every chance he gets. Evil has risen in the distance and has crossed the divide to wreak destruction and ruin over all of Myriad. Unaware of what’s coming, High King Loch has left the doors of his kingdom open.
The second volume of The Dark Sea Annals by Wayne Thomas Batson was thrilling. The world he has created is massive in its scope, something we see more of in this book than the first. The author also introduces us to a hidden world and we get to explore more of the characters and peoples throughout. There’s a lot of action and destruction, yet heart and feeling. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Batson’s characters and getting to know them. The book ended on yet another cliffhanger as evil gains a foothold in the world of Myriad. I eagerly await the third installment of the series.
Posted June 2, 2012
Posted May 4, 2012
WOW! That is all I can say after reading this book. He has out done himself this time! The world-building was great. The characters astounding! The plot superb!!! He took four different stories and wove them together masterfully. Three thumbs up here!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2012
(Spoiler Alert if you have not read the first book!)
High King of Myriad Lochlan is feeling the pressure of being a king. He is pestered 24/7 about problems of small of big importance. Everyone has need of him. The pressure is starting to wear down on him, so one of his trusted advisers, Sebastian Sternbough, tells him that he needs a break from Royal life and travel the country. Lochlan is happy to do this, but will it cost him his throne?
Tango and Meli live in the hinterlands, A land over the mountains west of Myriad. They live in relative peace and quiet until one day a descovery in a cave will change their lives! Will they survive the wrath a evil monarch rising?
Ariana is a girl from a village in the wetlands, an area in north Myriad. She desires to be a hunter, for she has the skill, but the village elders will not let her join the Hunters Guild because of her gender. But what is she willing to risk to make her dream come true?
Alastair Coldhollow finally is able to settle down and live a quiet life in the country, but when news that the ruthless killer Cythraul still lives, will he be able to keep his family safe?
Wayne Thomas Batson weaves a Tolkien-like epic in The Errant King with Action, Humor, and suspense. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12.
My hat is off to you once again Mr Batson!!!
Posted February 24, 2012
The Errant King is about the takeover rule of the Red Queen, along with King Lochlan Stormgarden and Telwyn Coldhollow. A unlikely beautiful girl named Ariana is mentioned along with Fred, and Millard Key. A family sets out to escape the tyranny of the Red Queen and Lochlan goes errant. What happens when Lochlan may go errant too much? What will happen to his Kingdom in his absence? Find out in The Errant King!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2012
I was quite impressed with The Errant King, Batson's newest work. Knowing that many reviewers said there were too many characters, I disagree. There were certainly many "extras," if you may, but the amount of important characters was not overwhelming. This was aided by the fact that most came from separate settings and situations, which each showed us new pieces of Myriad. For this reason, among others, this book has become very important to the series. We don't encounter the same old problems, character flaws, and reasoning as we would have, had the story dawdled in Anglinore (the capital). The land of Myriad has matured in the series, as have the characters themselves. I found Loch's excursions and remarks comical and enjoyable, Shepherd Sebastian's advice compelling, and Fred's jovial manner refreshing.
When it comes to the story itself, The Errant King is a big set-up. Many pieces come in place, but the final result is still a mystery. The tragic ending served its purpose, and hinted at what a massive chess-game this series will become. Batson has become good at chess, it appears. I await his next move eagerly.
Posted February 8, 2012
Twenty years after the end of The Sword in the Stars, an ancient evil stirs in Myriad. King Aravel is long dead, leaving the throne to his wife Queen Maren, and his son Lochlan, who is about to be crowned High King of Myriad. There just one problem, Loch isn’t quite sure that he wants to be King. Meanwhile, rumors abound. Cythraul, Morlan’s chief assassin, seems to have returned from the dead. Alistair and Telwyn set off on a perilous journey to discover the truth and end the villain once and for all. But an even graver danger threatens Myriad. With Loch absent experimenting with a life of errantry and Alistair and Telwyn distracted on the hunt, the time is ripe for invasion. Evil descends on Myriad in greater numbers than ever before. Will the people of Myriad be able to survive the terrors approaching from all sides? Whew! I have to start off by saying that The Errant King is now my favorite Batson book, topping The Door Within Trilogy, the Pirate series, the Berinfell Prophecies, and even The Sword in the Stars. In the The Errant King, Wayne Thomas Batson spins a masterful tale filled with excitement, adventure, danger, and truly creepy villains with plenty of humor sprinkled on the side. The Errant King is the second book in the Dark Sea Annals series, an epic story that will span seven books ere it reaches the conclusion. In this second book, Batson takes his writing to a whole new level, interweaving dozens of intricate plot lines, some carrying over from The Sword in the Stars, others reaching on into the next books. Because of the epic plot however, you don't want to read The Errant King without reading The Sword in the Stars first. I felt like I really connected with all of the characters – especially Loch, Telwyn, Ariana, Fred. And of course Alistair and Abbagael. (As a side note, I had heard so many people talking about Fred, I couldn’t wait to read the book to find out what it was all about. All I can tell you is that Fred is one of the most creative and imaginative characters I’ve met thus far. Definitely worth reading if only to find out who Fred is.) There are plenty of allegorical and Christian themes woven skillfully throughout the entire framework of the book. It's another one of those books that, as I call it, echoes eternity. The largest difficulty I had with the book was when two characters fell in love in less than a week. It seemed somewhat ridiculous, but did not detract too much from the story. Others have remarked negatively on the inclusion of a scene where the young King Loch has to deal with the overtly flirtatious advances of a young woman. However, I think the scene was well handled and added greatly to Loch's character as well as providing a good lesson for teens reading the story. Overall, The Errant King was a tremendous and captivating read. Due to the violent battles and the somewhat gory nature of the descriptions as well as some extremely nasty villains, I would recommend The Errant King for an older reader, around 14 up to adult. If you're looking for a high action fantasy adventure, than the Errant King belongs on your list!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 5, 2012
Storyline - King Lochland is overwhelmed by the work of the kingdom of Myriad. So he goes out and lives among his people, taking up new trades to blend with the town's folk. But old and new enemies are rising up and causing destruction and heart ache wherever they go. Hinterlanders, who live on the other side of the mountains, have an old queen, known as the Red Queen, returns, worse now than she was before. Now part dragon, she rains fire on whoever rebels against her. Alistair and Telwyn go off looking for Cetheral when Abbageal's dreams are haunted by him. But a worst evil is coming from the Dark Sea. Can this evil be turned away? Will the Halfainin be found and be called forth?
Personal Opinion - Good but perhaps too many characters to follow. Don't get me wrong, the characters were great and diverse, and I enjoyed them very much. But, because of so many character, it seemed a little long. Besides that, the story lines were intriguing and new beings were introduced as well as characters I hope to see more of. The Hinterland people were so interesting and fun (they reminded me a bit of Hobbits). I am curious as to how some inhabitants of the land have fared after the terrible battles. The story was good and is leading up to more, dangerous adventures for the next books in the series. So many questions need to answered with the ending of this book.
Posted January 27, 2012
The Errant King continues the epic story of The Dark Sea Annals right where Sword in the Stars left off. It begins with the chapter that you knew was going to happen after the end of Sword in the Stars but was not recorded in the first book. After that, it jumps ahead twenty years to a time when King Lochland is sitting on the thrown of Anglinore and Telwyn is grown up.
This book will take you once again on a journey through the amazing wonders in the world of Myriad. Mr. Batson did a great job worldbuilding. I enjoyed all of Loch's adventures to the various places in his kingdom. The places and people that he saw and met were very realistic. It almost made me feel like I was traveling the world with him.
I really liked the concept of the Purelines. And Cythraul being one of them made him an even better villain. Very cool.
One of the things that I would have liked to find in this book but didn't was a map. There wasn't a map in Sword in the Stars so I was eager to find one in the Errant King. I was a bit disappointed when I didn't. Though, according to Mr. Batson, there will be one in future books.
Overall, The Errant king was a great book. The only things I didn't like about it was the absence of a map (which wasn't a big thing and did not affect how much I enjoyed the story at all) and all of the typos and other errors. But if a few misspelled words and names don't bother you, I would strongly recommend this book. I have already lent it to three of my friends and they all enjoyed it.
I look forward to the rest of the books in the Dark Sea Annals with great anticipation. So far, this has been an epic series and I can't wait for book three!
Posted January 18, 2012
Legends of old come forth from dark caves. I dark figure speaks and a thunderous roar comes out from the deep. A young king becomes restless and longs for an adventure of his own. To cross his country that he has only seen from the windows of his castle. There is much that ways on the Shepherds mind if he gives his consent in allowing the young king to do so. Little do any know of what takes place during the Grey Hour, but one you girl does. She has witnessed the horrors that take place, but she tries to forget that fateful night. All of these roads will cross in The Errant King. Wayne Thomas Batson has delivered another epic adventure for the imagination! Following Sword in the Stars, The Errant King continues, without hesitation, where Sword in the Stars left off. I liked how there was some romance and for the mature reader, it was well written. For those of a younger age group, they may not see what was transpiring between the two nor fully understand how love works. A great read for those that are looking for an all around, awesome fantasy adventure!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.