How do you dethrone a heart when its owner has stolen your kingdom?
Altarn is used to tolerating the biases of men. It comes with being the first female to secure the political State Head of Blindvar. But Kaelin, the State Head of Ruidenthall, crosses the line when he proposes a merger of their two states. Altarn has reason to believe this is Kaelin’s attempt to make himself king of both. Believing it’s her responsibility to “dethrone” him, she rides to her last ally to ask for aid.
While on the road, she’s kidnapped and taken to Ruidenthall. She wakes from a drug-induced sleep to hear about a foreign army marching upon Blindvar, and Kaelin capitalizing on her kidnap to make himself king. He threatens her life if she tells anyone, but she will suffer tyranny under a king if she does not.
When the final battle forces her hand, she has but one choice: to save Kaelin’s life or let him die. She never expected to dethrone his heart instead.
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About the Author
J.M. Robison is a fantasy historian who chronicles the events which force heroes to reveal their mistakes, lead rebellions to dethrone tyranny, and unearth ancient secrets to free the oppressed. She's quested over lands with the U.S. Army and now works for the king under the honorable title of Deputy Sheriff. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, and toothpaste. Some day she'll pack the wagon and roam the mountains in search of dragons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's not often you read books where the protagonist is a female AND in charge of a government, but Altarn is both and I was refreshed with this new perspective often pushed aside in favor of the typical male-dominating position in our media and real life. I had no idea where this book would lead from chapter to chapter, and forget trying to predict an ending, because all the things I predicted turned out to be SO wrong, from people not being who you thought they were to gender roles switched so the female rescues the man. The romantic element is mild, and it is blended well into the overall fantasy arc of the story so it adds to the tension and unexpected twists. The author's style is a good pace with new events that kept me interested. A book which leaves me hungry and aching for more after the ending deserves five out of five stars from me!