Haven (Chronicles of Warshard, #1) by Katherine Bogle #RBRT


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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.

As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Series: Chronicles of Warshard, #1
Length: 208 pages
Release date: 2016-05-10

 

Teaser


For a moment the noise continued, and Haven feared she hadn’t spoken loud enough. But once the moment passed there was a hush through the crowd. Their panic lulled now that the Queen, who’d clearly been shot straight in the heart, seemed to have made a full recovery.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to princess Haven; when her parents and brothers are killed, the immortal young woman needs to deal with war and an evil adversary.

With Haven, Katherine Bogle has created a fairytale-like fantasy story with more than a hint of romance and dark magic. It is a quite enjoyable and intriguing read; it felt like listening to a fairytale. Katherine Bogle paints a clear picture of Haven’s mind while the story evolves. Haven’s character develops nicely, growing with her tasks and/or obstacles – thus changing from being irritating to appreciated. The characters are of sufficient depth when required. I loved the wordplay regarding one of her female guards: Lareina (Spanish:  La Reina = The Queen). The story is nicely woven and has a good flow. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy, fairytales, and stubborn protagonists.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

Debut author of the YA Fantasy novel, HAVEN, the first in the Chronicles of Warshard series. It came in 2nd in the World’s Best Story contest (2015).

Katherine Bogle has written four full books, attended Holland College for Photography, and travelled over seas to Ireland, Scotland, England and Cuba.

You can find her tweeting away about her latest novel, THE ALDAR DOMINION, or writing her next WIP, THE QUEEN OF THIEVES. Her first novel, SANCTUM came in the top 10 of the World’s Best Story competition (2014) and will be released in late 2016/early 2017.

 

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Haven?  Or – if you did not yet read Haven – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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