Destined for a King
The Bastard Brotherhood
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Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies.
Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.
Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.
Praise for Destined for a King
“A sweeping romance infused with Celtic-style earth magic, a bastard outlaw fighting to regain his throne—and a quietly fierce heroine who will lead the way. A promising beginning to an epic tale!”—Jeffe Kennedy author of the Mark of the Tala series
“[Ashlyn Macnamara] blends medieval historic detail with powerful fantasy elements with skill, insuring that fans of both genres will be engaged in this series, and building a world that is rich in detail and deep with meaning and promise.”—RT Book Reviews
“Epic adventures, unexpected alliances, and heartbreaking choices in this bold romantic fantasy!”—USA Today bestselling author Kris Kennedy
“There is mystery, suspense, betrayal, usurpers, excitement and romance galore, so readers get the full array of emotions going while entering the story and taking part in Calista and Torch’s adventure.”—Unconventional Book Views
“An action-packed, steamy, historical romance that reeled me in straight away.“—Books of All Kinds
“A historical romance combined with an earthy mythology reminiscent of an Arthurian tale.”—A Chick Who Reads
“The author has laid a great foundation to what could be an epic series. Looking forward to reading the next one.”—The Romance Factor
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So many twists and turns!
This book had so many twists and turns. The characters were amazingly strong and complete, they were the kind of characters you could really get attached to and cheer for throughout the book. I loved the imagery and the story was enhanced with the beautiful imagery of not on a land but of a lifestyle that has been lost. A wonderful example of writing by a wonderful author.
Terrific Medieval Romance!
Oh my, did I ever love this medieval romance! It is the story of Calista, the daughter of a lord with a small holding who is loyal to the king because he can offer protection, and Torch, a landless knight with an unearned reputation as a cruel marauder but who holds a secret that makes him desperately seek to dethrone the current king. Calista has parents determined to wed her to the king without her approval and Torch finds himself enthralled with Calista despite his distrust of her parentage. This has all the makings of a love hard won and an exciting tale to reach a happy ever after. I look forward to the next book in this author’s Bastard Brotherhood series. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
there were places where I hoped for more
The first in a new fantasy / historical romance series from Ashlyn Macnamara, Destined for a King has some wonderful moments of light in what is a quite complicated story.
Calista is promised to King Magnus, as her father negotiated the marriage in part to insure the security of Blackbriar Keep. However, the location of the keep leaves it open for intrusion until the king is wed. The Bastard Brotherhood has laid siege to the keep, and Calista manages to wound, although not stop, Torch from taking over.
As he is faling, he claims both the keep and Calista as his bride – and falls from his injuries: wounded but not dead. As the one who wounded him, it is her responsibility to care for Torch, even as she is not interested in becoming his bride.
Revenge on the King is Torch’s entire reason for being, until he sees the care and gentleness that Calista displays in nursing him to health. Calista has her own worries and concerns: her father is in the King’s jail, her home is invaded and her whole life plan has been set on its ear.
Told in alternating 3rd person POV, the story uses Torch’s fever-induced moments to bring a romance to light, but I wanted more believability in the connection and love. The insta lust and insta love happened far too quickly, especially considering the lack of actual ‘quiet moments’ to meet where Torch was not holding most, if not all, of the power.
World building seemed to fade in and out for me- there were magical elements and moments that could have used more fantasy and description that were clearly missing, and the sense of the medieval was missing, not grounding the story in a solid place for me.
As an introductory story in a series, there were places where I would have hoped for more. Most of the issues could have been resolved with more editing and less elements – mysteries, past grudges, current political machinations and a romance that seems to grab most of its oomph from the instant connection rather than a true build between them. I’ll wait to see if the second improves the feel of the story once I close the book.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
- Category: Paranormal
- Published: Sep 06, 2016
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 296 Pages
- Language: English