by Lee LaCroix
My rating: 4 stars
Series: In the Absence of Kings - Book 1
Publication Date: November 9, 2015
Publisher: Lee LaCroix
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 348 pages
Available from: Amazon
A kingdom crumbles without its ruler. The people fall to misery and desperation in the shadow of an empty throne. A father does what he must to save his son and his homeland in the absence of kings. Enter Garreth, ranger and former royal bodyguard, who embarks from his woodland home after defending it from the encroaching loggers of the Blackwoods Company. "The King is dead!" they had screamed at Garreth and drove the man to the capital of Amatharsus to resolve the most troubling statement in Malquia's recent history. Together with his son, Novas, and daughter of a murdered blacksmith, Kayten, Garreth is hounded by bandits, cutthroats, and highwaymen, unleashed upon the countryside by the abolition of the Crown Aegis, defenders of the King, his land, and his people. Garreth unites with the remnants of the Crown Aegis to overcome the military, political, and economic oppression that the Blackwoods Company has imposed on Amatharsus and incites rebellion before the free people of Malquia succumb to crippling recession and the environmental destruction of their verdant nation. But can one man find the strength to challenge overwhelming odds when all hope is lost?
Sovereign's Wake (In The Absence of Kings, #1)
by Lee LaCroix
by Lee LaCroix
Some are born to lead while others are born to follow, to rely on their leader for stability and safety. The king has died and his kingdom is in shambles, slowing falling apart under the onslaught of a power man who is determined to control and own everything and everyone in his path. How could this be? How could a kingdom not be prepared for such an event?
When the news finally hits the ears of a former royal guard in his secluded cabin, Garreth does what many cannot, he leads the fight to save the kingdom and its people from the vile grip of the man behind the Blackwoods Logging Company and his henchman who pillage, murder and strong arm their way across the land. For Garreth, this is more than saving the kingdom he has been loyal to for decades, it is to save the land for his son to live in safety, without fearing the future. Can Garreth gather the following he needs to fight off evil or will his be a quest of disaster as even his son is forced to kill in order to survive? The Defenders of the King have been disbanded, but why and by whom?? They were the line of defense for the kingdom and someone has laid out the welcome mat for trouble and takeover.
Follow Garreth, Novas and Kayten, whose father was murdered by the dark forces as they spearhead a rebellion against evil. Hard fought battle, both on the field and in the royal palace prove that all may be soon be lost to tyranny and betrayal.
Lee LaCroix’s Sovereign’s Wake is a finely tuned tale of survival against the odds as a hero must rise from the ashes of deception an even the most lowly of citizens must rise up to choke the snakes of oppression. Feel the tension, smell the air and walk alongside these unlikely heroes as they risk everything in a deadly battle of good versus evil.
Mr. LaCroix tells a thought-provoking story that engulfs his readers in world he has created, from the smallest detail to the moments of humor and humanity throughout. Easy dialogue that flows, high emotional tension and characters that are as prepared for war as much as you or I, watch heroes rise and fall in protection of the masses.
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