- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: FriesenPress (May 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460286154
- ISBN-13: 978-1460286159
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,821,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haven: Chronicles of Warshard Paperback – May 6, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
So, Haven...we first meet the title character when the last of her family members dies at her feet, suddenly making her an unexpected 19-year-old queen. She had never prepared for the role but has amazing guards and close advisors who help her with the change of power. When she ascends as queen of one of the 6 major kingdoms, a tremendous threat arises stronger than ever before. Kadia - my actual favorite character and the villain responsible for killing her family - has launched an attack against one of the six that defies logic. Shadow soldiers cut through the defending forces with ease. How do you fight against a shadow?
Adding to the appeal of this book is the fact that Haven is immortal. She can be hurt, but her wounds always heal remarkably fast. Even when she should have died (drowning for example), her body lives on. This is a curse according to Haven, and you can see why. She is the only surviving member of her family. She can be tortured without fear of killing her, etc. This ability attracts Kadia to her and makes Haven a prime acquisition.
Now let's get down to the knitty gritty:
The writing is well done. I love love love the plot. It feels fresh and familiar all at once. Haven is a great example of a relatable and likable protagonist. Her relationships are believable for royalty and fantasy as well. I appreciate that nothing really came easily for her. However, I have to wonder if the repeated theme of Haven being nearly molested and assaulted has a larger purpose. She forgives one of her aggressors not long after the BIG attempted assault occurs. This struck me as unlikely. However, the subject matter was handled well and written tastefully, as you would expect Haven to describe it in her own hand. (I know she's not the narrator, but the authenticity of this voice was such an important element of the story for me as a reader.)
The settings were especially well done. I felt like I knew each place in intimate detail without the author bogging down the narration with superfluous descriptions.
Characters are very well developed. I think I have an unhealthy fascination with the mad queen Kadia. I want to know her back story sooooo badly, and I have a feeling we will be spoon fed as the series continues. I'm also excited to see what happens with Haven and the kingdoms in the coming novels. They will definitely be on my TBR list!
This book left us with a lot of unanswered questions that I hope are covered in book two as well.
War, Magic, Love, and Danger await the reader of this amazing story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
by Katherine Bogle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review
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