Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of By Sword and Star by Renee Carter Hall

Prince Tiran of Silverglen may be heir to the throne of all Asteria, but he's always felt more at home among the villagers, no matter how many lectures he gets from his father.

But when the elk-lord Roden slaughters the royal family and claims the throne for himself, only Tiran is left to avenge their deaths and take his place as the rightful king.

His journey will lead him from the shadowed heart of his forest home into the treetops with the squirrel-clan of the Drays, across the western plains, and among the mysterious and deadly wolves of the Northern Reach.

With his allies' help, Tiran must become the king his people need him to be–or risk fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will spell the end of Asteria itself.

4 stars

By Sword and Star is a story involving anthropomorphic characters.  The main character is Prince Tiran, a unicorn of the royal family. The enemies that have taken his family and heritage from him are the elk lead by Roden.

The elk and unicorn characters seem to be pretty much human in behavior.  The other species exhibit more animal characteristics especially the wolves and squirrels.  I actually really enjoyed those two groups and the parts that they played.  The wolves are a bit more primitive, living in caves, struggling to survive the harsh environment.  The squirrels are more of an elite fighting group using their crazy agility to give them an advantage in combat.

The story itself is pretty familiar with the lost prince coming for revenge against the rebellious noble who killed his family.  The animal characters are what really set the book apart from all of those other stories.  This book only took me 2 days to read so it's a quick, but enjoyable read.  This book should work well for general fans of fantasy, but especially for people who enjoy the anthropomorphic subgenre.

Buy this book on Amazon or get more info from the authors website.

1 comment:

  1. Anthropormorphic stuff isn't necessarily my thing, but you're review definitely makes me look at this book twice! I am intrigued by the idea of squirrels being an elite fighting group.