Title: Battle for the Throne
Author: E. J. Willis
- Date read: May 23, 2019
- Rating: 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 stars
- Genre: Fantasy / Christian Fantasy
- Age: Young Adult
- Year pub: 2015
- Pages: 248 (Kindle)
- Series: Tales from Falyncia, #1 (followed by Into the Wildlands)
- Fave character: Hugo
- Source: The author
- Notes: I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
- Links: Goodreads • Amazon • Author’s Website
5 Thoughts on Battle for the Throne
- I’m always up for a Christian Fantasy novel! This one didn’t quite hit all the marks for me, personally, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. 🙂 It was fast-paced and exciting—sometimes almost too fast-paced, but made for a fairly quick and mostly enjoyable read! There was a lot of action, which was well-written and kept me absorbed. I definitely didn’t want to put the book down! And the romance was really sweet and I loved it. 🙂
- I was quickly drawn into the fantasy setting, with castles and forests and mountains and kingdoms. The “feel” of it was one that I thought was really neat. I especially loved the winged wolf spirit guardians! Sort of like guardian angels, though it’s mainly the heroine who can see them. There’s a bit of a spiritual battle going on between the wolf guardians and the demons. Malachi, the main wolf, was awesome. 😀 I also thought it was cool that there are giants in the book! Somehow giants don’t seem to be in fantasy as much anymore and I loved seeing them in this, particularly their enigmatic role in which sides they’re on (if anyone’s). And there are mentions of others like dwarves and goblins, and a griffin appeared right at the very end (yesss!), so I’m curious to continue reading this series and see more of this world!
- And then there are the characters. I liked our heroine Alaina and her spirit of determination, and wanted her to succeed, though I’m not as much of a warrior-princess-trope fan as some—but anyone who is will love this! I also loved our energetic prince Thaddeus! He was a great character, and I loved his relationship with Alaina. 😀 Other side characters were interesting (particularly Malachi, as I mentioned), and there was an awesome gladiator character who was my favorite! (Yes, Hugo, you’re awesome.) Also, a couple of the side-villain characters had really interesting arcs, so that was well-done.
- The book at times felt like younger-YA in a sense (particularly since it started with a ten-year-old and then skipped to when she was seventeen), but in another sense it . . . wasn’t. It was kind of dark and gruesome, a bit more on the gritty side than I personally enjoy, which seemed slightly at odds with the rest of the fantasy-adventure type feel of the book, but that could just be me. Just be aware the heroine goes through a lot and there’s torture and fantasy-demons and some disturbing scenes. But otherwise it’s great fun.
- Overall, for some reason it wasn’t one of my top favorites, but it definitely kept my interest and I loved the world and characters, and I’m definitely curious to read more in this world!
I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author (thank you!). All opinions are my own.
This sounds like a very interesting read! I mean, winged wolf spirit guardians? I’M IN! And I uuuusually don’t mind dark and gruesome fantasy stories. Well, it depends on HOW dark and gruesome. Haha.
I’m sorry this one didn’t quite hit the mark for you, but it definitely sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks for telling us about it! 😀
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It definitely is! The winged wolf guardians was one of my favorite things. 😀 And yeah, it depends for me too. XD You’re welcome — thanks for reading! ^_^
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