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A King's Bargain

(Legend of Tal #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach - and with each telling, the tales grow taller. But though he’s declared a hero by his King, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man...

After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by J.D.L. Rosell
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Nick Borrelli
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A KING'S BARGAIN was such a nice breath of fresh air for me as I had recently just come off reading a couple of books that didn't really connect with me. When I first began reading it I couldn't help but draw some comparisons to the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman that I loved so much in my younger days. The story definitely had that type of feel form me (minus the dragons). This is a quest fantasy with a central mystery at its heart that involves the legendary Tal Harrenfel ...more
You know when you start reading a new to you author, that feeling as your eyes traverse the pages soaking up the words, the forming of the world and characters, that this author will quickly become a new favorite. Then with time hopefully a beloved one.

Well this was the case with A King's Bargain book 1 of Legend of Tal by J.D.L Rosell. This is a story that will suck you in, leaving the real world behind, making you forget all as you lose yourself in the tale.When having to set this story down,
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

“I've never claimed to be more than a man.”

A King's Bargain by J.D.L. Rosell is a captivating and inspiring epic coming-of-age, feel-good fantasy tale of legends and forging one's own path. Within its pages, readers are immersed in a story illustrating the fragile balance of good and evil, an everlasting battle for sovereignty, and the importance of choice. Beautifully conveyed and steeped in myth and magic, the promise of adventure and discovery sinks its claws in, refusing to let go even a
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m honoured to be apart of the blog tour for A King’s Bargain organised by the lovely ladies at Storytellers on tour. They are passionate about Indie Fantasy and it shows in their hard work at putting these amazing tours together.

A King’s Bargain immediately gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling that I have so far only been awarded from very few Epic Fantasy stories. The world building was deep and complex and the introduction to the world was like falling through a portal and being immersed in t
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is the story of Garin, who is a young farmboy who lives in the tiny sleepy village of Hunt’s Hollow. He spends a lot of his free time hanging out with the odd chicken farmer named Bran, who is, among other things, awful at farming chickens.

One day, Bran has a visit from an old acquaintance of his, letting him know that he has a summons from the King. Bran takes Garin with him when he goes, and as they travel, Garin learns what Bran can teach him, a
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This started slowly for me, the author drops you right into the story after a small prologue using a zoom in technique, it sets the story up very nicely and establishes the situation. It shows the daily lives of some of the characters before an event upends this and the story can really begin. The beginning is done in this way to establish the character of Garin, the man he knows as Bran, and Aelyn, an Elven mage who is on an errand for the King.

This was a really good read once it got going, a p
Shaziya Sharif Sayed
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic Fantasy !!!

I wud like to thank author for providing me an early readers copy.

First of all, I really loved this book. 

Author has done a wonderful job. I am a person who loves Fantasy genre. And this novel was on point. It followed all the rules that makes a fantasy book a must read and a page turner both! 

Language was simple and easy which makes it a fast pace read. 

The King's Bargain is the first book in Legend of Tal duology

The story begins when a small town of Hunts Hollow recieve
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this first novel in the Legend of Tal series. The story is split between two perspectives: Garin, a boy on the cusp of manhood raised in a small village to be a farmer yearning for adventure, and Bran, a local farmer who takes an interest in and mentors Garin, but who also holds many secrets.

There is so much that I would like to say about this novel, but really can't without spoiling it. This novel works really well on a number of levels. On the surface, it's a pretty straightf
Abel Montero
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book totally caught me off guard, in the best way possible.
I have to be honest, it was totally a cover buy (I mean, the artwork by René Aigner is STUNNING), and I started reading it with reasonably low/optimistic expectations. It was my first experience with Rosell, and the more I grow old, the more my reading tastes get specific and complicated.
The synopsis was interesting, and the few pages of Kindle preview enough entertaining to push me buying the whole thing (I get the kindle edition f
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Allow three days for this PG13 coming-of-age involving 15-year-old Garin, the aged chicken farmer Bran. and the stranger who shows up in Hunt's Hollow. I had an ARC and this voluntary review is my own opinion. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by this epic fantasy novel. The beginning gave me all fhe Name of the Wind vibes, but as the story rolled out, I suddenly got these Witcher vibes, and I couldn't get enough of this book! There's just enough of everything, and together it makes for a great mixture. Can highly recommend! ...more
Katie P.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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From the outset, this book is an intriguing and imaginative high fantasy! Filled with wonderful prose, excellent worldbuilding, and loveably flawed characters. A King's Bargain is an epic hero's journey entwined with a coming-of-age plotline that works on all the levels!

From Hunt's Hollow to Halenhal and all of the places in between, this world is great! There is an incredible amount of worldbuilding in the first few chapters of this book, but it isn'
NoNo JoJo
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This novel was an interesting mix of unique and bland. It has the interesting notes of the wise old mentor being the main character, sort of (the series is named after him, after all). Tal's a fun character to follow. He's a legend, but weighed down by his deeds instead of lifted up by them. He has a lot of nuance to him. I also liked his elf "buddy" whose name I don't remember how to spell - he
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome beginning of a new epic fantasy series.

When Tal Harenfal is commanded by the king to appear, little does he know the evil he will encounter. He, his apprentice Gavin and the grumpy elven mage Aelyn navigate through the court in search of an evil known as the Extinguished. Tal must live up to the stories told of him while protecting those he cares for. I really enjoyed this book especially the back and forth snarkiness between Tal the warrior and Aelyn the mage. I strongly recommend this
Janice Drake
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great fantasy book. It kept me turning the page. I loved the characters and the magical world beyond Hunt's Hollow. Tal is a man with many faults, regrets, and a checkered past. Garin is a young man wishing for adventure. They say you should be careful what you wish for and Garin will find out why. There is lots of intrigue and excitement in this first book. I hated to put it down or for it to end. It is not a cliff hanger, but there definitely will be more adventures. Can't wait for the next on ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"A King's Bargain" is full of interesting characters that are very well-developed. The story itself is entertaining and enjoyable. The writing is of a high standard. Everything comes together to make for a fantasy novel that stands up with the rest. I enjoyed it a lot.

My thanks to the author and Hidden Gems for a free copy to review. This review is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really, really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book. I love the characters, and how animated they are! on the rare occasion I’d look up from the page, it would take me a moment to realize I wasn't actually in their world. The writing was incredibly immersive, I got lost in the fun moments, and the anxiety-filled ones. If you have the chance, PLEASE pick this up, it genuinely is such an amazing story. I’ll definitely be reading the next book! ...more
Carolyn Overcash
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heroes sometimes have regrets!

Tal Harrenfel is a hero, so declared by his king. Men fear him. He has his own fears, regrets, and secrets. He is so tired of the killing, but what else can he do?

Follow him on a bloody quest as he sets out once again.

More to follow.

I received a free ARC.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good 👍. Even though I have not read the other books yet I enjoyed this book.
David Thompson
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good read and a great story, the characters are well written and leaves you wanting to read more. Can't wait for the next book. Keep up the good work. ...more
Lejean Maurer
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a book! A tale of warlocks and their battles of a war before their time. It will get you immersed from the beginning and hold you captive until the end.
Jennifer Willison
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It will grab you and keep you reading!
Cair-Paravel De Loulay
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The prequel novella only barely does it justice. The story has marvellous flow with gorgeous wording and wonderful imagery. He does wonderful with it and I am looking forward to the next installment.

I received a free copy from Hidden Gems Books in return for an honest review.
Marie Reed
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for any epic fantasy fan! Beautifully complex characters keep you turning the pages for more as each twist keeps you guessing til the end. I am impatiently waiting for the second book!
rob york
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very well written great plot that keeps you turning the pages well developed characters that have you rooting for them and a few plot twists that have you trying to find the next installment.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written with a fantastic story and plot. Im really looking forward to the others. Tal ( Bran) and Garin's friendship I thought would change, but to it's so much stronger. And now there is Wren! I couldn't put it down. ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful beginning to a series

As an avid fantasy reader, I appreciate a story that hasn't been told before. Characters are believable, and don't have unnecessary quirks that make other books hard to read. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good Winter Read

Read most of this in front of a wood stove with cold grey skies outside. I enjoyed the characters who all seemed to have their own back stories and I'm anxious to see how the world around a them fleshes out. I found myself verbally warning characters like I was there with them.
Mike Goodman
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Legend vs the Man

This story of a guy who is called back into service to the King who already had previously released him and breaking his promise in doing so. Some of his legend is true, but done while possessed and other while in rage.
Mary T
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swords-sorcery
What an adventure.
This is a very well written fascinating book. Garin wants to see the world and Bran a not very successful chicken farmer invites him to go on a journey to the capital city with him. This journey is a lot more than Garin expects and the end of the trip is very unnerving for him. I am looking forward to book 2.
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J.D.L. Rosell is the internationally bestselling author of the Legend of Tal series, The Famine Cycle series, and the Godslayer Rising trilogy. He has earned an MA in creative writing and has previously written as a ghostwriter.

Always drawn to the outdoors, he ventures out into nature whenever he can to indulge in his hobbies of hiking and photography. Most of the time, he can be found curled up w

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