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The Bandit King (Romance of the Arquitaine Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
I've read the Hedgewitch Queen and while it's not a masterpiece, it's certainly an enjoyable enough read. This book is not light reading the way that one was and could probably do with a trigger warning for abuse on it.
When I read it I gradually started reading it as through I was seeing one man's obsession for a girl fall into insanity, his eventual attempts to escape that madness, and the girl rise above his abuse and not allow his behaviour to control her (and in the course of the story become a person worthy of respect). Some people might disagree with this perspective, but the level of Tristan's obsession with Vianne is quite frankly not healthy and let's not forget that rape scene. Tristan's character over the course of the book appears (or at least appeared to me) to go through a period of deepening madness, which he eventually begins to recognise and then attempt to pull himself out from. Whether or not he succeeds is debatable as the ending is fairly open, though I'd like to think that he does.
I mentioned a possible trigger warning earlier because Tristan's behaviour includes stalkerish tendencies, one rape, at least one instance where I believe he was fantasising about sexually assaulting Vianne (I will have to reread) and throughout the book his internal monologue shows him to be an incredibly violent person OUTSIDE of his job. I would like to add that, refreshingly, these traits were not painted as desirable in a partner, so well done Ms Saintcrow on that one.
Vianne herself is far more likeable in this one and her treatment of Tristan was actually quite nicely handled.Read more ›
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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