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While the kings' away, the rats can play...
on 20 March 2014
This atmospheric fantasy drama took me back to reading the Final Fantasy 'City Of Thieves' book as a kid - only 'Herald' is much darker & geared towards adults & Young Adults.
The King who resides at the grim port city of Steelhaven has ridden off with his army to protect his lands from invasion. The titular herald is one of his enemies, sent to cause chaos & undermine the capital city from within. But most of the residents are too busy trying to survive on the mean streets to notice...
This is a very enjoyable book, which follows numerous characters around like the Game Of Thrones series. Some of these characters feel rather familiar e.g. the reluctant princess, bitter veteran & street children but somehow I cared about them more than usual. Perhaps because this book is darker than many of its type, their stories seemed that little bit more convincing.
Please note that while it didn't bother me, the language is a grim as Steelhaven itself & there is some swearing in this book.
Overall, a lightweight, enjoyable read & I look forward to the sequel!