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ABOUT THE BOOK (544 pages):

Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.

Like many from his village, young Eamon Goodhand dreamed of joining the Gauntlet, the army of the overlord Eldered. Now he is about to complete his training and swear his loyalty to Eldered and his commanders, the Hands, who uphold Eldered s tight control of the land.

Entering into the service of the Gauntlet, Eamon s gifts, particularly his potent Sight, quickly become valuable to his superiors and he advances to the command rank at a speed that arouses the suspicions of fellow officers.

However, Eldered s bloody rule, and Eamon s personal friendships, start to challenge the young soldier s assumptions about what might be true, and worthy of service. And soon Eamon must conceal a fatal secret: he is sworn to both Eldered and to Hughan, the rightful king of the land. Yet he may not forswear the vows he has uttered in all good faith so however he serves, his name will be traitor.

As tensions and military skirmishes increase, Eamon finds himself trusted by both his masters. How can he possibly maintain his integrity, act justly to his fellow officers of the Gauntlet, and act on behalf of all the warring people of the land?

Third in series, The Broken Blade, is coming soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anna Thayer graduated from Cambridge with first class honors in 2005 and, bilingual in English and Italian, went on to teach in Sicily. She now writes and lectures internationally on the works of Tolkien and Lewis, and teaches English at an independent school in southern England.

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I have not received this book. Pls help

One of my favorite genres is sci-fi/fantasy also known as speculative fiction. For that reason I am harsher in my reviews and thoughts on a book. No, I refuse to compare books to Tolkien or Lewis or even Tad Williams or Asimov, unless the book really reminds me of the style.

Sadly this book falls short. The narrative at times jumped from person to person with no warning jarring me from the storyline. The book blurb: "For over five hundred years the River Realm has lain in the charge of the Master, and the Master's glory has kept the land strong against its enemies. As Cadet Eamon Goodman swears to serve the Master--his highest ambition--a dark voice penetrates his mind, and offers him unsettling power. Then Eamon meet the true King. Despite having made a binding oath to the Master, his heart longs to be a King's man. Whom will Eamon betray?"

Sounds inviting, doesn't it?

Unfortunately, I found the book lacking.

Kregel Publications represents Lion Hudson of the UK. Being an evangelical Christian company, I was confident in receiving a clean and well produced book. Not so.

There were multiple uses of "b*****d" and its variations, "d****d", and "d**n", all written out of context and used in their swearing (cursing) format. A sexual aftermath scene, although not descriptive in act, did not seem necessary to further the plot. Some of the wording used then and in a future scene elicited imaginings of the act.

If this was a secular aka general market book, I would think nothing of it. But coming from a well known Christian publisher, I expected higher standards in their books they produce and represent.

I understand UK language is more lax than American language when it comes to the Christian scene, but it doesn't excuse the profanity used throughout this book.

Other than that, the story was average and would have made a good fantasy if the scenes had not been drawn out so much. I wished for more character depth and more conflict between serving two masters.

All in all, I will not consider reading this author again and will research books offered by Kregel in future.

Thank you, BookFun, for the opportunity to read this. I do appreciate all you do.

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Eamon Goodman's dream is to swear to serve to the Master. But little did he expect that his life would be utterly changed after the swearing process. Or that the swearing would put a large burn on his hand. Not even a day after being sworn in, everything he knew to be true is turn upside down. His good friend is said to be a traitor to the Master and her father is burned at the stake. As chaos surrounds him, who is he to believe?

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Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.

 

For over five hundred years the River Realm has laid in the hand of the Master. And it is the dream of every young man to join the Gauntlet; the Master's army who is out to overthrow the growing rebellion of Serpents. For Cadet Eamon Goodman, that dream is about to become reality as he takes the oath to serve the Master. 

But in his swearing ceremony, something unexpected happens and a dark, haunting voice starts to control his thoughts, offering him unlimited power. Eamon is confused and unsettled. When his friend is captured and found guilty of being a Serpent, he volunteers to take her to Duntruik, the capital, with the hope of rescuing her.

When their ship is set upon by Serpent men and a young cadet is hurt, Eamon finds he has the power of the King's Grace. Even more confused than before, Eamon discovers that the stories he had been told as a child are true. The line of Kings is alive and well, and the next king is his old friend Hughan, whom he thought long dead. 

Swearing to serve the King as his First Knight, a name that stirs him as none before, Eamon is sent to serve the King in the heart of the Master's kingdom -  Duntruik itself. 

With two completely conflicting, completely unbreakable vows on his shoulders, who is Eamon going to decide to serve? The self enthroned Master? Or the one true King? 

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First off let me say that The Traitor's Heir was a great allegory of the gospel. I could see how Hughan (The King) was the figure of Jesus or God. His grace came upon Eamon and enabled him to do things he was unable to do apart from him. He gave Eamon a peace and a power he did not understand. Hughan was thought dead by those close to him and revealed himself first to Aeryn, (who we find out later is his betrothed) the close friend of Eamon who he later saves from death. 

Eamon shows the person of faith and the walk of it. He is sworn to serve the Master, and struggles with staying true to the King. He vows to serve the king in the heart of the Master's domain. My favorite part of the book is where Hughan asks Eamon to serve him in this way.    

Eamon looked once more at Hughan. "What would you have me do?" he asked. 

"Keep your promise to the Hands. Go with them to Dunthruik and there, First Knight, in the very heart of my enemy's stronghold, I would ask you to serve me." 

The Traitor's Heir • By Anna Thayer ~

 

I feel that this is the exact thing our King of Kings asks us to do every day. To serve him in a world steeped with the the Master (devil) and he is our power against him.

While I did love this book, I have to give it less than five stars due to a couple things.

1) While the allegory was wonderful, there was a use of profanity that shocked me. The term b*****d was used multiply times as were d**n, d****d, b***h and a*s. While this is a UK published book, and things are laxer over there then here, there is no reason for this amount of swearing. Especially since this is a 'Christian' publisher. 

2) Eamon is a man who is losing himself in the Master's world. This said, he is being tempted and lured by the Master to reveal his secrets. One way is by a lady. There is parts where Eamon falls and succumbs to the woman's beauty and what she offers him. Nothing explicit is mentioned, but a observing reader knows where they are going and what they are doing. 

I can't tell you what to read. You must be the judge. I loved this book apart from the two things mentioned above. I won't be recommending it for anyone younger than 16 and will be hesitant to share it with anyone I know is new to the faith, struggles with swearing, etc. There are two more book sin the series as well, so if you are a must-read-every-book, I wouldn't suggest this book to you. 

I give this book a four star out of five. 

I was given this book for my honest review from the Cook Club Network.       

(I posted this review on my Blog Homescooled Reviewer, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Deepershopping and CBD

Still have not received this book.

Anna Thayer’s The Traitor’s Heir is a fast read with bold, nuanced characters and an engaging and captivating storyline. The first book in The Knight of Eldaran trilogy, you meet Eamon, the young adult protagonist, just as he’s starting his military career with the Gauntlet and has vowed his service to the throned, the Master of the day’s political, economic and religious system. You journey with Eamon as he quickly learns the reality of serving the Master and his ways, and as his eyes are opened to the surprising alternative he always thought to be mere myth: the King and his underground followers, the wayfarers. The shocking revelation of Eamon’s family history puts him right in the middle of the growing opposition of the wayfarers and the escalating battle between good and evil that will ultimately decide the future of Eamon’s world, the River Realm. Eamon must decide his allegiance amidst the reality of his duties to the Master, which is easier said than done.

The book is full of robustly thought out themes: courage, free will, power (two very different and well-juxtaposed kinds), status, fate, control, shame, pride, envy, dominance, redemption, forgiveness, love and allegiance. Thayer has created a rich and vital world of good and evil at intrapersonal, metaphysical and structural levels, a world I would love to see on film. At the same time that The Traitor’s Heir is a fantasy book, I was able to make many personal connections with the characters. I felt myself both wanting to shake and cheer on the protagonist, and felt my own story wrapped up in his as I saw how quickly small choices can snowball us down a path. None of the characters are simplistic, and they invite reflection on the ways we are complicit in the system of our day and the complexity of finding your way and living into your calling. Shimmers of hope and redemption abound, as do epic internal battles and the realities of war, dictatorship and captivity. There are some cheesy jokes between Eamon and his closest friends, and a little romance that seemed superfluous at first but later became necessary to the plot. Otherwise, I was completely captivated by the entire book, ultimately a story of the battle between good and evil both within and without the person of Eamon. I can’t wait to get my hands on books two and three! Even though Eamon is a young adult, I found this book to be more mature and thoughtful than other fantasy books with young adult protagonists, and think this is a book that a fantasy-loving adult of any age would enjoy.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Book Club Network. The opinions are entirely my own.* I have also posted my review to DeeperShopping, Amazon, CBD and Good Reads. 

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“The Traitor’s Heir” is one of those good versus evil novels with a somewhat medieval setting. Supernatural events, both good and evil, are scattered throughout the narrative and at times the same character is able to operate in either aspect of power. The book is a lengthy one that weighs in at 544 pages.

I didn’t particularly like the hero Eamon Goodman. For most of the story, he seemed to be pretty wishy-washy and had difficulty remaining loyal to his friends. Of course, that was partially due to the author’s intent to illustrate the strong spiritual battle Eamon was in. The fact that Eamon tended to make the choices that were easiest for him was probably pretty true to the choices most of us also make in our daily lives. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes as Eamon eventually managed to do.

Although “The Traitor’s Heir” is published by a Christian publisher and its overall theme would fall into that genre, readers need to be aware that there is some language and lifestyle choices that many Christians might find objectionable. Overall the book was fairly enjoyable although I would have preferred a hero who was a bit less wimpy and showed a bit more integrity and backbone.

The Traitor’s Heir (The Knight of Eldaran #1) by Anna Thayer is the first book in the fantasy trilogy, The Knight of Eldaran. Christian  Fantasy is not my favorite genre to read, but this book kept my interest until I finished.  I felt that there was spiritual meaning behind the story (choice between good and evil) but did not comprehend fully.  There was some language that I did not care to read although I realize that it was written in dialogue to portray the characters in the time period.  Cadet Eamon Goodman’s life ambition is to train to be in the Gauntlet and serve the Master who has ruled the River Realm for over 500 years.  Once he swears his oath, an evil voice begins to speak in Eamon’s mind causing him to do things out of character for him.    After witnessing the arrest and burning at the stake of his good friend’s father for being a “snake,” a supporter of the dethroned King and enemy of the Master, Eamon begins to question his decision in being in the Gauntlet.  His friend is arrested, and being promoted to Lieutenant, he is ordered to help escort her to the Master in Dunthruik.  The King’s men attack the ship rescuing the prisoner who is the King’s fiancé and kill all the men except for Eamon and one young cadet.  Lieutenant Goodman is surprised to discover the King is a childhood friend and to learn the history of his own ancestor being a traitor in the battle between the Master and the original King.  He vows to serve the King who informs him that he is the First Knight, and Eamon agrees to be a spy in Dunthrueik.  Will Eamon be able to overcome the evil voice in his mind to follow his heart in serving the King?  Will power in the Master’s kingdom and a beautiful woman influence him?  Is his destiny to betray as his ancestor?  He must make a choice.  No man can serve two masters.  What will Eamon choose and what will it cost him?  Anna Thayer is a gifted author of Christian fantasy such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.  Even though I am not a reader of this genre, the book left me being interested in reading the other two books in this trilogy to see what happens to the characters.  I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.  Also, I have left reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Deepershopping, Booksamillion, and Christianbook.com.

Epic fantasy is not my usual genre to read but this book 'The Traitor's Heir' by Anna Thayer is a great read. My first thoughts turned to Lord of the Rings or Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, as writings I could compare this book to. Even had thoughts of seeing this on the movie screen.
Eamon Goodman always wanted to become part of the Gauntlet, part of a larger army of men, and women who served the Master. Some of his friends tried to stop him from saying and pledging the vow to the Master, but Eamon could not be persuaded. What Eamon did not know until that fateful moment was that he was pledging to become a slave to 'The Master'. 
The struggle in this book is good against evil, and the other way around. You cannot serve two masters, even if you have the mark of 'The Master' on his hand, and in his mind. It isn't until Eamon meets 'The King' that he realizes that there are two masters, and that he can have a choice and make a choice. There is so much Eamon has not discovered or learned as the book starts, but the writing carries you through each page with captivating words and thoughts. This is a book that you cannot put down and won't want to. Can't wait until the 2nd book comes out to read it I love a book that leaves you wanting more.
I received this book from BookFunClub in exchange for my honest opinion..

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The Traitor’s Heir was a great book. I like this kind of story and I liked the characters and the suspense and the story itself.  It was a good book.

 

I received this book for free from the author and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.  I have posted my review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Deeper Shopping (if it is there).

As of today's date, Sept. 20 I still have not received this book.  Just don't want you to think I am just not reviewing.

The Traitor’s Heir is the first book in the fantasy trilogy, The Knight of Eldaran.   It is Anna Thayer’s first novel and very entertaining.  The 541 pages seemed shorter to me and the book was very enjoyable.  I had hesitated at first to read it as fantasy is not usually my first genre of choice. 

The story takes place in the River Realm.  It is essentially a fight between good and evil while following the main character, Eamon Goodman.  He finally becomes the “soldier” that he always dreamed of being and swears allegiance to the Master.  Only then does he begin to see the evil around him and what he has really gotten himself into.  Then he has another chance to serve the true King who is good.  Will he switch sides? 

I saw the whole book as an allegory, though I am not sure if the author intended it to be so.  The Master (Devil) puts his mark on Eamon’s hand (not forehead). The King is a type of Christ calling to Eamon and offering to be there with him in times of trouble.  Both the Master and the King have strong powers.  Who will win out?

The ending is such that you will want to read on to the next book to find out what happens.

I received this book for free from The Book Club Network at www.bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend it.

I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook, Booksamillion and Goodreads.

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