Haven: Chronicles of Warshard

Haven: Chronicles of Warshard

by Katherine Bogle




Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven's neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia's shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven's only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

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ISBN-13: 9781460286159
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 05/06/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Haven: Chronicles of Warshard 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters, but incredibly violent! Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way. I love books about queens and royalty. Throw in some fantasy elements and a little romance, and I'm at the mercy of the author. They are fun, and escapist novels. While this book did have those elements, it had a depth to it that I was not expecting. It was also, at times, an incredibly violent and disturbing book that I would only recommend to older teens and adults. What I liked: Characters: Haven endures so much throughout this book. She starts off as an innocent teen who's family is murdered by Kadia, The Mad Queen. She has been gifted/cursed with immortality which seems to only bring pain to her life. Over time, many terrible things happen to her that leave her scared, anxious, and angry. The trials she must endure are very difficult to read through. But I love that Haven is able to work through her pain and fear. She must learn to use these emotions to regain control of her life. And she has a wonderful group of friends to guide her way. Haven's girl guards are a group of female warriors who have been assigned to protect the queen. But as Haven rightly points out, she can't be killed. She can, however, be damaged psychologically. When Haven's life is broken from the abuse she takes from Kadia, it is these kind, patient, friends who help her pick up the pieces. I loved the support they gave her. While it did take a while for her friends to comprehend what Haven needed (She did NOT want to talk it out), they were finally able to help her channel her emotions into making her a powerful advocate for others (and a strong warrior, as well). World-building: This book is set in a world much like our own in the middle ages (a popular trope), but then makes little tweaks to create a surprising land. Besides Haven's immortality, Kadia has the power to control others, transform shadows into deadly soldiers, and predict the future. Later, another character has even more unusual abilities. Interestingly, the only ones (so far in the series) with powers are women! There are also frightening creatures that the group encounters on a journey. What I Didn't Like: Depictions of Violence and Rape: While I understand that these elements are essential to the transformation of Haven from a naive teen into a woman, the scenes of violence toward her were very hard to read. I think what disturbed me most about these scenes was that they were so sudden and random. If you have triggers for violence or rape, I don't think you should read this book.
Cynthia_Bloggs More than 1 year ago
A solid start to an interesting series! I'm all about fantasy novels and Katherine Bogle makes a solid start to her Chronicles of Warshard series. I enjoyed the characters although there were times I felt a little lost in what was happening. It's a really cool premise and I think the rest of the series could prove to be amazing. It's definitely a slow starter but really picks up steam that carries it all the way to the end. I'm interested to see where this series goes!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Drawing back into a time of castles, knights and kingdoms, this tale follows the journey of an insecure princess as she becomes a worthy queen. Although Haven was never to sit on the throne, the death of her entire family leaves her as the next queen. Not only does she have to learn how to fill the shoes of such a responsible position, but an approaching war requires she fulfill her duties and save her country immediately. The first scene opens with an attention grabber--its the coronation and there's already an attempt on Haven's life. After this, the plot slows down immensely. Much attention is given to Haven as she grows into her new role as queen, the relationships with the people around her and getting a handle on the situation of her kingdom. While many points are interesting and necessary, other passages are spent on every day actions which could have been used to layer the plot or move the story along. First, after half the book, the pace finally picks up, creating a riveting ride which can't be laid down. Haven is a lovely character with a touching personality. It's easy to understand her situation, feel for her and cringe when the tension mounts. She faces her problems as best she can while never forgetting to maintain a warm heart. Even when things run above her abilities, she takes them on as best she can. Of course, she's got a special bonus--she can't be injured and heals from every wound. It's not explained where this talent comes from, and none of the other characters wonder about it either. It would have been nice to dive into this more from early on. The other characters surrounding Haven are a delight. A few are a bit overly protective, but in general, it's a joy to meet them, and they harmonize with Haven and the plot. The evil queen sticks out, malicious and deadly in a delightful way. Her lack of all things good creates the perfect villain to darken the scene. Unfortunately, it's never clear what her driving motives are (outside of conquest) and there is little to no history concerning her or her abilities. All in all, it's not a bad read. The concentration on Haven's attempt to handle the approaching war and the kingdoms around her is intriguing, especially since it doesn't include a lot of royal side drama. There's a hint of romance, but it stays at that level and allows the main plot to maintain control. Despite the background holes during the story, the ending does a good job tying things up, while leaving just enough to invite a sequel and the promise of more adventure to come. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
After the death of her family, Haven has no choice but to be coronated as queen. It doesn’t help that she has the ability to regenerate which keeps her from being killed. Her people want to make sure that they will have a queen for quite a while, especially when Queen Kadia of Dagen has decided to go to war with everyone. Kadia has created an army of shadows to destroy everything in her path to ruling everything. And with the other rulers either having to fight, flee or die it is up to Haven to step up as queen and decide how to rule her kingdom best, even if it is against everything that is recommended to her. I really like Haven. She was never meant to be queen, never been taught or trained, and very unsure of herself. At first she relies heavily on those around her and is very unsure of how to proceed. But the more she goes through the tougher she becomes and rises to the role of queen. This is a great story and one that has the feel of an epic fantasy. There are some rough spots but that is expected from a first in a series. I would have liked to learn more about the other kingdoms but I have a feeling they will be explored more in future books. I will definitely be adding this series to my list. I received Haven for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
This debut novel was fantastic! It was a great introduction to The Chronicles of Warshard, and I am excited to see where this story will go. The story was clealy written and the world and different kingdoms were described very well. It was executed in a way that was easy to understand and was never confusing. It wasn't overdone. Sometimes when you read novels like this with different kings, queens, and kingdoms, things can get confusing and hard to remember who is who, and what is what....that was never the case with this story. The characters were very likable. The author had a wonderful way of making you feel like you really knew them in the short time of reading this story.We get to know them enough to get close to them and like them but not too much that there aren't some elements of surprise left for future novels. There is plenty more story left to tell with these characters. There is some romance in the story but it doesn't overpower the story. It is a romance that has still yet to fully bloom. The petals were just opened slightly. I can't wait to see how the romance will bloom and grow, however, in the next story. Friendships and bonds that were formed in this book have a lot of potential to grow more as well. This story gave us a little taste, enough to just wet your appetite. Just enough to satiate your hunger for this world and characters so that you will come back for more. I enjoyed delving into this new world and it definitely piqued my interest enough to pick up the next book in the series. I am interested to see what Have will have to face next as the Queen. *I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Haven Chronicles of Warshard #1 By Katherine Bogle War has come to the Six Kingdoms of Warshard and the Kingdom of Rythern is the latest victim of Queen Kadia's insanity. With the murder of her parents and her brothers Haven Fyre is now queen of Rythern, a role she was never suppose to hold. But her people need a queen, and in Haven they will have one that cannot be killed. Going to war against Kadia seems suicide with the kingdoms various armies having suffered losses to her shadow soldiers. With this seeming impossibility the Royals are faced with an impossible decision - fight, flee, or do nothing. Does Haven commit her remaining soldiers to aid King Corrin in his plan to retake his fallen capital? Or are her troops needed first and foremost in defense of Rythern? Or does she offer Rythern as a place of sanctuary for those who are fleeing Kadia's aggression? Relying on the advise of her closest friends and her desire to protect her people, Haven makes a decision that will forever change her life and the future of the Six Kingdoms. Haven is a book that takes the reader on a journey - a journey of emotion, of loss, of friendship, of betrayal, and of promise. And this is a journey of growth as Haven becomes the queen she never expected to be by facing her fears and learning to live life. This is the first (per the title) in a series and I for one am looking forward to additional books in this series. Though the book is complete in the story it is telling there is most definitely plenty of material from which more could come. The writing style of Katherine Bogle is steady and flowing. There are periods of endless action mixed with those of waiting which is true to what one would experience in one's own life if one were in a similar situation. This book is definitely aimed at older teens and adults due to the subject matter of a few scenes - this book after all deals with war and the violence that comes with such a state of affairs. Overall I highly recommend this book and this author's work. I was provided a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.