King Rolen's Kin: The King's Bastard by Rowena Cory DaniellsKing Rolen's Kin: The King's Bastard by Rowena Cory Daniells

King Rolen's Kin: The King's Bastard

byRowena Cory Daniells

Mass Market Paperback | June 29, 2010

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Send to the Ab­bey, the King’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk.

The Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours of new Affinity Seeps, places where the untamed power wells up. By royal decree all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Ab­bey, the King’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Elsewhere others are tainted with Affinity and must fight to survive. Political intrigue and magic combine in this explosive first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy.
Rowena Corey Daniels is the renowned writer behind the The Last T’en trilogy. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and six children. King Rolen’s Kin - The Bastard Son marks the begining of a major new fantasy trilogy.
Title:King Rolen's Kin: The King's BastardFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.4 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:SolarisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1907519017

ISBN - 13:9781907519017

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Problems with world building The book is told from the POV of three of King Rolen's four children: - Byren: the second son (by seven minutes) who is dealing with his best friend's declaration of love and increasing distrust and jealousy from his twin brother the heir, - Fin: who has Affinity (magic) and so had to be sent off to the Abbey to become a monk lest his Affinity turn him evil, and - Piro: the king's daughter who is hiding her Affinity and looking to escape all of the roles that will be forced on her by society. The story is good, but never really drew me in to the point that I was eager to see what happened next, which probably has a lot to do with ineffective world building. We're told that people with Affinity who don't go to the corresponding abbey invariably become evil, but all the evidence shown points to the contrary. It left me questioning the entire magic and religious system to the point that every time it was mentioned I kept wondering fact or superstition. I also found myself frequently rolling my eyes at the "a certain group of people are bad because not so long ago people claiming to belong to that group tried to put the king's older, illegitimate brother on the throne" subplot. It's another case where I'm left wondering how the characters themselves can see that as a convincing argument. Some of those problems can be explained by the fact that the POV characters are fairly young (Byren's only twenty) and not much given to questioning reality as told to them by their parents, but that doesn't help me, as a reader, connect with the story. The setting itself was also incredibly problematic. The story is set in a world with long winters cold enough to freeze lakes to the point that no one ever worries about skating over them or taking sled-ship over them . As someone who grew up in Winnipeg, hearing warnings that the ice isn't yet thick enough to bear weight or stories of people who died because the ice broke under them, I know the kind of prolonged cold that is needed both to create and maintain such ice. Yet there is no mention of people donning scarves, hats, mitts, or extra layers before going outside. All that said, I liked the book enough that I'm not disappointed I've already bought the rest of the series, and I'll read them in the not too distant future.
Date published: 2011-02-12