The King's Bastard (King Rolen's Kin, #1)
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The King's Bastard (King Rolen's Kin #1)

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The Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours of new Affinity Seeps, places where the untamed power wells up. By royal decree all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Abbey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Elsewhere others are tainted with Affinity and must fight to survive. Political intrigue and magic co...more
Mass Market Paperback, 640 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Solaris
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
'The King's Bastard' was guest reviewed by TJ from Dreams & Speculation

One might think that 600 pages would take awhile to get through, but reading The King's Bastard was surprisingly quick. I both was impressed and annoyed with the story. However, despite any issues I have, I want to preface this review with the fact that I am curious enough to try the second in the trilogy and see how things develop. The the great thing about epic fantasy with political intrigue is that it has the addictiv...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review isn't going to be what the book deserves, because it's been well over two months since I finished the book and it's always hard to remember the things that you wanted to say at the time. Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed it and want to give it the review it deserves.

Rolencia is a relatively young kingdom, once an area of warring chieftains united several generations ago by warlord Rolence. The spars that make up the kingdom are still led by warlords though, and some of them...more
I would actually rate this book closer to a 2.5 but I rounded down. I found this book to be incredibly mediocre. Even though I read the entire novel (it took me a long time as I really had to push myself to finish it) I have no interest in reading any of the other books in the series. There were a lot of parts where the book dragged, and I also never became attached to any of the characters. There were a few interesting elements to the book, and the author has a pretty colorful imagination, but...more
Soap opera with swords and magic King Rolen's Kin has energy but it is marred by soapbox world building and 600 pages which are 200 too many; take any ingredient of soap opera - jealous brothers, innocent lovers, scheming relatives, steadfast women with a secret passion, doddering patriarchs - transpose it into a pseudo-medieval setting and you get this novel.

I really liked the writing style which kept me turning the pages despite the ludicrousness of some of the plot points and the silliness o...more
“The cut and thrust of political manoeuvring is never as simple as the cut and thrust of real battle”

For the most part I don’t usually enjoy politics as a form of escapism. I’ve tried on multiple occasions to read The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan, for instance, but the further I get in the story the less and less I care about the characters. For me all the political scheming starts to wear a bit thin. When I read fantasy I tend to prefer action and shy away from anything ove...more
When Rowena Cory Daniells' first trilogy was initially published over a period of three months in 2010, I had only recently discovered the book blogging world and hadn't yet started A Fantastical Librarian. The books got a lot of buzz on the various blogs I followed and the books had definitely caught my eye. However, by the time I had my yearly Christmas book buying splurge came around, they'd been pushed aside by other new shinies and I never got around to them. So when the author contacted me...more
Anastasia Pergakis
This is what fantasy is all about! I was immediately sucked into the world created by Ms. Daniells. I fell in love with the main character, Byren, almost immediately and was rooting for him through the whole book.

I was so sad when the book ended - a cliffhanger that left me literally screaming to know what happened next. I felt the author left off at a bad spot of the plot line - almost in the middle of the climax. I would have preferred, even with things left open, to have it stop at a more qu...more
Byren and Lence are the eldest sons of King Rolen, and the seven minutes that separated their birth have dictated that Lence would rule Rolencia-- and Byren wouldn't have it any other way. But when a renegade power user tells Byren that he is destined to be King, he fights her awful prophecy in every way he can. It doesn't take long for a distance to grow between Lence and Byren, and he doesn't know if the rift was already there or if the seeds of discord were planted by the old seer.

At the same...more
I haven't read many fantasy books since Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy. Usually, these sorts of books are a hit or miss for me. The author either goes into too much detail about scenery and uninteresting facts, and thus makes the book drag on, or the author's tone and characters are too bland. Either way, I love em', or I hate em'.

Right from the start, the covers for this series pulled me in. A lot of fantasies have covers that I don't like, primarily because they have the tendency to appear...more
Matt Gilliard
I'll admit that I bought The King's Bastard based on nothing more than the title. Insane, right? The cover did absolutely nothing for me. The shadowy color scheme and vaguely ominous backdrop took away from what could have been an intriguing figure I assumed was the protagonist. The back copy wasn't much better, leaving me wondering whether it was wise for the author to choose a concept that seemingly falls so close to the shadow cast by one of the giants of the genre. But the title is so close...more
After having two blogger friends tell me that they absolutely loved this series, I already knew this was probably going to be a hit for me too. But as always when I expect something awesome, I go in to it with a little caution. What if I’m expecting too much and the book turns out to be good, but still a little disappointing? Caution or no caution, this book would have wrapped me around its finger either way. It’s everything I expected it to be and more. My friends were absolutely right, this is...more
Jason Gray
First off I should say I'm usually pretty easy to please when it comes to reading and other entertainment. I can accept implausible or even impossible things as long as it's enjoyable.

I hated this book.

At first I enjoyed, thought it had potential to be really good. And as far as the writing goes it was written well (except for the author's insistence in using -t instead of -ed for a lot of past tense words, I assume that's an Australian thing).

What ruined my enjoyment of this story is that the p...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This book is the reason why I love fantasy. It swept me away, it had me biting my nails and when I tried to do other things I couldn't stop thinking about it. It has been all I I have thinking about for the last few days.

Byren is the main character, a young prince who loves his family and country. But his brother doesn't care for his company any more, and is listening to bad advice. And when Byren is seen as a hero after killing a beast the anger grows in Lence. The other main characters are Pir...more
Sachin Dev
The Kings Debut is a debut by Australian Fantasy Author Rowena Cory Danielles - Coming on the heels of a long list of impressive fantasy debuts from down under. Names like Karen Miller etc.

This was an effortless read as the narrative is simple,lucid and flowing. Clearly the authors strengths lies in plotting. Complete with a delightful system of magic, inspired set of magical animals, Rowena weaves a tale of high fantasy Layered with political intrigue and featuring an engaging set of lively th...more
One of those slick page-turner fantasies, quick and easy to read, nothing really wrong with it, just not amazing. (Australia produces a lot of these, and I used to be less picky about it than I have become in my cantankerous old age.) I liked the wintry setting (Vikings on skates!) and the story was entertaining, but I just wish there was more to it. I wish it had made more of the suggestion that stigmatising homosexuality makes other forms of betrayal more likely. I wish it had dug more deeply...more

I spotted this book many times at our local English bookshop. I'd always wanted to buy it but always got my attention swayed to some other book. On my trip to the states I went on a book-buying frenzy (which always happens in an English-speaking country where the wonderful book goodies are way cheaper than back home) and bought this one as well - knowing, that if I'd like it, I could buy the second and third installment back here. It did not disappoint, and the fast-paced story got me reading th...more
Rowena Daniells
May 25, 2011 Rowena Daniells rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Having spent years writing this series, The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin, I hope someone reads them. This is book one.
Eugene  Kisebach
I found this book more attractive than the first in the George Martin opus GAME OF THRONES. Here, I feel more assured that the characters I've begun to identify with are likely to still be around for the denouement. That said, THE KING'S BASTARD stands on its own - the mise en scene, the plot development, the characterizations are all interesting and attractive. Certainly, one could say, "How could so-and-so not see through that?" or "He/she's acting foolishly!", but that's natural because the c...more
Leo (Rahien Sorei)
I won't lie, this book had the potential to be great - the world is interesting, and the relationships between the characters are even more so. However, if I could think of a word to describe Daniells' writing, it would be "clunky." The narration is never dull, but often disjointed depending on the point of view the reader follows. I recall several moments in following Byren where the second son is often in the midst of action but still trying to analyze some tidbit or piece of drama from earlie...more
The problem I had with this book was that it felt like it was written for a younger audience, but not in a good way. There was way too much exposition versus showing us things. The characters are all kind of flat and their motivation is clear, but only because the author just tells us what it is. There seems to be an incoherency in the writing that was kind of off-putting, where the author would tell us something and then, a few POVs later, she tells us the same thing again!
The plot was ok, but...more
The King's Bastard is the first book of the King Rolen's Kin trilogy. Like most books, I picked it out originally because the cover art interested me. I mean, being a fan of sword & magic fantasy, then seeing this cover ... surely it had to be a good read. Reading the synopsis on the back of the book made me decide to get it, and the others in the series.

The first book here introduces us to the characters we are going to be seeing, most of them being the four children of the current king of...more
I'm not a reviewer, but I'll just highlight the good and the bad.

The good:

I like politics versus battle scenes and this has politics in spades
Good characterization except for 2 main characters (Byren and Colbalt seem too one dimensional good guy and evil guy)
Really liked Piro's and Fyn's story lines
Loved the use of skates to get around in winter. Heck, even the armies skate!
Nothing earthshattering as far as epic fantasy goes, but very readable.
I like the beasties (manicures, Phoenix, griffins ec...more
Nerine Dorman
The King’s Bastard offers a lot of what I adore about epic fantasy: magical creatures, magic wielders and royal intrigue, as well as compelling characters, but it falls somewhat short of my expectations. Or maybe I’ve been spoiled by reading George RR Martin and others in this particular genre.

That being said, I’ll still go ahead and read the rest in this series because one thing Rowena Cory Daniells does is write characters I’ve fallen for … hard, in a gooey fantasy fan kind of way. And the on...more
Gavin Gates
The first novel in 'The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin' is an absolute stunner of an opener, Daniells pens a traditional style, epic fantasy perfectly, A king holding peace between two age old enemy kingdoms by marriage and a ruthless strength of character, the appearance of a long gone bastard nephew of evil genius standards bringing news of unrest and it all goes off like a dream from there on in.
Daniells' major strengths as a writer for me are her ability to put so much detailed description...more
It has been a while since I've read book like this.
Story of Rolencia's Kingdom starts off with slow pace, giving reader a good time to get to know each character of King Rolen's family. By the middle of the book it has become clear that this family seriously should need to talk with each other much, much, more, so many of the troubles would be avoided. - And you also have pretty good idea who are the bad guys.

The plot is interesting enough to keep you hooked up, even when most of the characters...more
Another fantasy series revolving around political intrigue and betrayal involving kings and queens, their children, spurned relatives and aspiring warlords.

Focusing mainly on Byren, younger twin of Rolencia's future king, he comes across a renegade Power worker while on a hunt for an Affinity beast terrorizing one of his kingdom's towns. His best friend Orrade is injured and he pleads with her to heal his friend. She does so but also tells him of a future he is certain will never come to pass....more
Bob Milne
Rowena Cory Daniells is an author I've had my eye on for a while now, ever since Besieged(the first book in her Outcast Chronicles) made my Waiting on Wednesday list back in May. So, when she reached out to me last month to ask if I'd be interested in reviewing both trilogies, I jumped at the chance.

The King's Bastard is the first volume in her King Rolen's Kin trilogy, and it packs enough unique touches (not to mention surprises) in the first dozen chapters to immediately make it one of those s...more
When a seer predicts that Byren will kill his older brother, he laughs. He is only seven minutes younger that the Kingsheir, his twin but has never hungered for the throne. The royal heir, Lence dislikes Byren for his growing popularity. Across the land, untamed affinity from the Gods wels up and out of the earth's heart, sending exotic creatures and driving men mad, granting them terrible visions. As Ring Rolen's court enermies plot his downfall, secrets within his family threaten to tear them...more
Matthew Baker
WOW...I just finished the third book in THE CHRONICLES OF KING ROLEN'S KIN trilogy and I have to say: I am blown away. Author Rowena Cory Daniells is an amazing storyteller and builds a world both vivid and believable. I don't think I've read epic fantasy this, well, `epic' since the last Forgotten Realms novel, which would have been around 1996. Whatever you do, pick up these three books as soon as possible.

If you've never read high fantasy before, now is the time to start. This is a master of...more
I love the cover of Rowena Cory Daniells' The King's Bastard! There's just something a bit, um, sinister about it, isn't there?

The King's Bastard is an epic fantasy offering from Rowena Cory Daniells, the first of 3 books. In this one, we are introduced to Byren, the King's second son. His twin brother Lence is the heir, his younger brother Fyn is promised to the abbey, and his sister Piro is, well, the King's daughter.

There is magic here, dubbed Affinity, and it seems to mess with you enough th...more
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