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The Bandit King (Romances of Arquitaine) [Paperback]

Lilith Saintcrow
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (8 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316251585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316251587
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,151,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bandit King Tristan d'Arcenne is what he always wished to be--Vianne di Rocancheil's Consort. But Vianne is no more a noblewoman, she is the Queen of Arquitaine, faced with treachery, invasion, war, and a Consort whose secrets may well shatter their marriage. For before Tristan was hers, he belonged to a King...and that King died by Tristan's hand. Arquitaine needs them both. The country is locked in a deadly... Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 24 July 2013
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I read the first book and found the story dark and interesting. I confess I was expecting a somewhat silly romantic story and was pleasantly surprised. When I read the reviews for this book the one that caught my attention mentioned violence, rape and I was put out thinking maybe the author had gone overboard with it. .. Glad I still read it. Great plot; no more violence than it would be expected from wars and duels... Passionate sex (one time) yeah sure but to call it rape it's a bit ( way... way...) over the top! I recommend this book; the end has a few unexpected twists. Really good read!
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I really loved The Hedgewitch Queen, book #1 in this series. A bit like Maria V. Snyder's writing it was just charming and fast-paced enough to have your undivided attention till the very end of the book.

However, The Bandit King is written from Tristan's point of view, so there is no Vianne's input only his descriptions of her actions which makes the book pretty dry and emotionally exhausting. He goes through some really deep, painful feelings, gets his heart broken and all his hopes crushed.

Tristan loves Vianne to the point of obsession, he'll die for her, starves for her attention and will kill in her name without any hesitation. There is nothing else for him apart from her. He has loved her from afar for years before conquering her heart, so when she finds out that he is the one who killed the old King, - for her it's a huge betrayal, oath breaking and treason. She doesn't know him anymore, she tries to distance herself and re-evaluate her feelings.

However, she can not afford it. The gods approved of their marriage, the country is at war and the Seal she owns works at its full strength only with Tristan nearby. So this coldness, distrust between them leads to despair from Tris's side and an urgent need to redeem himself in Vianne's eyes.

The one thing that makes an otherwise awkward book a very interesting read is battle sequences and one epic duel. Oh my God, one thing you can't take away from Lily, - she knows her war stuff well. I loved it!

Overall, not Lily's best book, it reads tortuously slow, and I almost gave up on Tris few times, but there are few epic moments in it and the ending is pretty decent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finale 16 Mar 2013
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The queen and her royal assassin struggle to trust safely among conspiracies and battles. The magic of the land demands a ruler with the royal bloodline, but power demands the sacrifice of personal happiness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd book in the series - The Bandit King 23 Jun 2012
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(I should say first I am a fan) I love Lilith's voice her plots and characters in all her books I have read, I think her worlds and characters are detailed and interesting - very easy to read with twists and turns and Arh! moments ( have not read her YA books but I imagine they are the same )- her fist book in this saga The Hedgewitch Queen, as I read on some other review it was her first book she ever wrote? not sure if that is true or not and I felt from that point, that she had finally been persuaded to put it out there and finish the saga with The Bandit King - set in a medieval time with Kings and Courts, good characters and a lovely plot that weaves along - be warned I wanted to get to the end quickly so I knew what was next but also wanted to take my time and make it last - stayed up two night reading for far to late....its that sort of book for me. Ending is clear but does leave it open for a follow on story - there may be another in this world ?
Tentative Love found and then lost and an ending what more could you want? Should add (No graphic how to/ bedroom scenes!)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Traumatic and disturbing 15 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Like a couple of previous reviewers, I cannot in all conscience recommend this book especially to young girls. I enjoyed The Hedgewitch Queen but wish now that I had never bothered to read either book. Tristan, the protagonist of this book is a creepy, deeply unlikeable stalker turned rapist. Vianne, supposedly a strong female lead ends the book trapped in an abusive marriage with her creepy rapist and this is supposed to be a happy ending? Utterly disgusting. Please, please do not encourage your daughters to read this book. I have felt disturbed by it for days.
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