Besieged (The Outcast Chronicles #1)
King Charald is cursed with a half-blood mystic son. Sorne is raised to be a weapon against the mystics. Desperate to win his father’s respect, Sorne steals power to trigger visions. Unaware King Charald plans their downfall, the mystics are consumed by rivalry. Althou...more
Besieged was the first book of Rowena’s that I have read, and I feel guilty now for not having read any of the King Rolen’s Kin books (although I own the first) or The Last T’En – I really do; I enjoyed this first book in her new series The Outcast Chronicles so much that I hated myself for not having the sequel Exile yet. All I want to do now is finish this series then visit her decade-plus-old The Last T...more
First off I want to say how addicted I am to this story! I almost set it aside after the first few chapters because it didn't pick up right away But i am very glad I continued bacause not 10 minutes later I was swept...more
It had a promising start. The first 50 pages did a good job of establishing characters and the race of the T'En. But after that everthing went downhill.
Pretty much everything in here is recycled. And it was done better in other books.
It repeatedly skips ahead several years at a time. It didn't bother me at first, but then I started to think "What really? Nothing happened in those ten years worth writing about?" And then you read a...more
But a friend gave me all three of The Outcast Chronicles for the holidays.
The cover seemed a little derivative of a series that's very successful at the moment, and I must admit that...more
I was pleasantly surprised. I've been at that lethargic point where almost all fantasy is the same no matter how recent I pick up or how far back into garage sales and old used book stores that I go. Maybe it was because I read this on the tail wind of Prince of Thorns (which slapped me silly), but I mostly picked this up because it was THICK and wanted something to last a plane ride and couple nights of reading.
I got the feeling that this was a stage setter. The book takes us through decades...more
It is not necessary then to have read the earlier trilogy, to understand or enjoy Besieged.
Where to start on Besieged?
There are good books that you can appreciate and enjoy, then there are books that yo...more
The second issue is with the lack of character development. Granted if you speed up time to advance the story, its difficult to take the time and give us characters we can identify when we see their n...more
Sorne is king Charald’s eagerly-awaited first born son and he...more
Beseiged is a multi-threaded tale involving an entire race hated by ‘True-men’ involving the pure blood T’En and their magic, the Mieren(True-men) and half-bloods between the two races. Besieged is full of political intrigue and war and characters you love and love to hate.
This is one of those books where I wish Goodreads gave me th...more
As I think about it more, I realize that what Rowena Cory Daniells has managed to do is something not many authors can claim. She has created a whole new species, the T'En, and has managed not to make them act human....more
It’s been a while since I read any high fantasy, since a lot of it these days tends to be quite dark and depressing. While still containing some violence and oppression, Besieged isn’t nearly as dark as other books in the genre and I found that made it all the more enjoyable a read. That, and the fact that the author lives in the same city as me. Hooray for local awesome talent!
How to describe this world? Chalcedonia and the nearby...more
There are different POVs but the two big ones are Sorne. A half blood raised to be a spy and weapon. He wanted to prove he was something more than just tainted and I felt so sorry for him. Humans are stupid and would never see anything else.
Then there is...more
It feels completely different to the previous trilogy, the writing is alot tighter, the characters are alot more defined and feel as if they could walk off of the page into reality.
Looking forward to the next 2 volumes.
I write the kind of books that got you reading fantasy way back when. I also write gritty crime-noir with a touch of paranormal under RC Daniells.
I've been trying to add The Price of Fame to my published books section. But it keeps ending up in my 'read' books section. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.
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