K.L. Bone has a Masters in Modern Literary Cultures. She is an American, but is currently living in Dublin, Ireland working towards her PhD with a focus in vampire and children's literature. She wrote her first short story at the age of 15 and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction.
Rise Of The Temple Gods: Heir To Kaleby K.L. Bone
In the land of Kale there lies a delicate balance between the powerful Temples and the rulers from an ancient, royal bloodline. The Temples are ruled through combat, determined by a series of tournaments. Of these tournament
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"Fear to the fearless. Hope to the hopeless. Mercy to those who hate you. Death to those who love you." – Prophesy of the Kalian Twins
In the land of Kale there lies a delicate balance between the powerful Temples and the rulers from an ancient, royal bloodline. The Temples are ruled through combat, determined by a series of tournaments. Of these tournament champions, sixty are chosen to become Defendants, an elite team charged with protecting the realm from all enemies. Selection to this team is considered the highest of honours and leadership of the team is decided only once every thirteen years.
Princesses Mariana and Ameria, twin daughters of two such champions, are taken as children to separate, yet equally powerful Temples. Through years of rigorous training both are educated in the arts of combat, swordplay, and the ancient traditions of the Temple Gods. Both eventually obtain the rank of Kalian Champions with the expectation of one day serving upon the coveted Defendant Team.
Then, not long after their seventeenth birthday, the childless King declares that one of the sisters must succeed him as the future Queen. As the race for the throne begins, the sister's long standing rivalry intensifies, leading both upon a dangerous path that threatens not only their lives, but the fate of the very kingdom.
Unbeknownst to the twins, this treacherous path to the throne is the elaborate collaboration of an ancient prophecy and two creatures charged by the Gods themselves ensure it comes to pass. As primeval powers awaken, the two sisters must struggle to learn the truth behind the prophesy and search for a way to change their inevitable fate.
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This is the first book in this series. I picked up this book because I love K.L. Bone’s other series The Black Rose Series. This book is about royal twin sisters and their destiny. There are about to embark on a journey that has the possibility to divide or unite them. It could easily go either way. One sister is destined to be the next queen and the other will be the next golden defendant. It seems to matter little what they truly want but more importantly what is expected of them. Both are so much more than they realize. Will they do what they are destined to or what is expected of them? This book was interesting. I must say I was a little confused at some points but I still really liked the story. The beginning is where I felt confused almost like I was dropped into the story and was missing something. But, after that everything was good. I felt for the girls. So much is expected of them. There are forces at work that they don’t know about and things are happening around them that they have no control or say in. Mary is to be the next queen after her uncle passes. I feel like at times she just wishes she could run away from it all and just be. She would like to lead a simple life and be with the person she loves. She loves her life as a temple student however the pressure but on her from being the next queen is something she doesn’t really want but at the same time she doesn’t want to give it to her sister because she is from a different temple. America doesn’t fully understand her sister and why she does what she does. I think she wishes that she were next in line for queen instead of her sister. But at the same time I feel not as much is expected from her because she is not next in line. The other temple students and masters are such an important of the story and I love how much they are included. I really like the paranormal aspect of the story. So much happens in this book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I was given this book in return for an honest review.