“A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring from the hordes of creatures on the other side of the Canyon. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer: he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously. But King’s Court is rife with its own family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. King MacGil must choose an heir from amongst his children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, still sits untouched, waiting for the chosen one to arrive. Thorgrin arrives as an outsider and battles to be accepted, and to join the King’s Legion. Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons. Before Thorgrin can venture out and become the warrior he yearns to be, he must complete his training. But this may be cut short, as he finds himself propelled into the center of royal plots and counterplots, ones that may threaten his love and bring him down—and the entire kingdom with him.” –excerpt from Goodreads.com
If there is one literary genre I love more than all others, it’s medieval fiction. If it contains magic swords, fire-breathing dragons, kingdoms under siege, questing adventurers, fierce battles, or other similar content, I want to devour it with my eyes. I find that these types of books have the most spectacular heroes (heroines). A Quest of Heroes does not disappoint when it comes to main characters or in any manner at all.
Thorgin, while runty and despised by his family, possesses a determination made of iron and a fiery spirit that fuels his desire to ascend the ranks in the King’s Legion, becoming a fearsome warrior for the Crown. His childish innocence charms and his budding yet forbidden romance with Gwendolyn, the youngest princess and chosen heir to the throne. Rice does a great job developing multidimensional characters whose motivations stem from their deepest desires.
Aside from the colorful characters, Rice’s brilliant writing imbues the plot with intrigue, love, and power. There is a nice balance of action and dialogue that keeps the flow of the novel relatively quick and entertaining. The ending leaves Thorgin’s fate and even his life in question, tempting me even more to read the next book. The well-crafted story line makes me excited for the rest of the books in the Sorcerer’s Ring Series (there are nine! YAY!)
All in all, I absolutely adored this book. I look forward to reading the other eight books in the near future!
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– Whimsical Whit