Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke's granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king's machinations.
A pretender to Severn's throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter - and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen's conflicted heart follow the king's path or will he risk everything for love?
©2016 Jeff Wheeler (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
a really good follow up to the previous book, with more intriguing characters, love and sadness. give it a listen or read if you liked the first book
I'm writing from my phn, so this will be brief.
What sets this series apart from other fantasy type series is that there are no good/ evil characters. The paths chosen are due to life, circumstance, and how each accepts their lot in life. Life isn't fair, and the outcome of an individual is determined by how they take what's given to them and move ahead.
This is such a thought provoking Trilogy.
awesome, can't wait for the next one. this rates in my top 10 of best fantasy books. The narration was a 10.
This is one series I am so... totally engrossed in. The plot is fantastic. I feel for Owen and Elysabeth when they have to sacrifice their love for the sake of loyalty to the king. I am beginning to really dislike King Severn. He is truly a heartless monster. I hope Mr Jeff Wheeler will quickly write the next book. Kate Rudd is a talented narrator and her voices for the different character were very good.
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