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After a warlord slaughters her patients, Sister Alessia quits the cloister and strikes out on her own to heal the victims of a brutal dynastic conflict. Her roaming forest camp unwittingly becomes the center of a vengeful peasant insurgency, raiding the forces of both sides to survive. Alessia struggles to temper their fury as well as tend wounds, consenting to ever ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2020 by Flame Tree Press
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Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah
3.5 star rating.

This review is going to be like coming home after a long vacation - very difficult to unpack.

I have some conflicting thoughts and feelings about the Heron Kings. Objectively, it's a well-written adult fantasy depicting the uprising of a peasant rebel army against the violent oppression of two political monarchs at war. Alessia is an ex-temple priestess horrified by the brutality of war who seeks to put her medical prowess to proper use regardless of political allegiances. Ulnoth
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Alyshia
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warnings: attempted rape, implied rape, violence, gore, language

Rating 4.5 stars: Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the free arc in return for an honest review

The Heron Kings is definitely a different type of book. It takes place during a war between the red and green. It’s bleak and vicious. There is no mercy nor is there any glossing over events. I really appreciated that. So many books seem to make things less than. Less fighting. Less swearing. Less pillaging. Less whatever. The
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Britta
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
** I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Heron Kings via netgalley.com and Flame Tree Press in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.**

So, I wanted to love The Heron Kings, let's get that out of the way from the get go.

The world Lewis has created is fascinating, from the dueling crowns at the top to the day-to-day struggles of the little guy at the bottom. It is easy to believe in Bergovny and Argovan, thanks to Lewis’ deep dive into the history of the struggle
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Cassandra
Thank you Flame Tree Press for giving me an electronic copy via Netgalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to enjoy this book, the premise was good and the book description caught my eye. I was frustrated with the stuttering and the characters uming and uhing a lot of times. I felt that the first part of the book was more of a backstory and the actual storyline started with part two. What kept me going through the book was Vinian's character and the action of the war.
Lynn
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This was an enjoyable weekend read full of lots of action. The characters were distressed throughout, which actually made them quite relatable. I just through the violence went a bit overboard at times.
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