Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1) is the 2nd place winner of World's Best Story!
Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.
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. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.
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Queen Haven of Rythern never thought that she would have to fulfill her duties as Queen. However, when both of her parents and two older brothers die gruesomely from the incoming war, Haven must step up. Born with the gift of being able to heal from any injury, she is dubbed The Immortal Queen. With war on her doorstep, Haven must quickly step into her new role. The insane Queen Kadia has been quickly taking over each of the six Kingdoms of Warshard. Using her black magic, Kadia seems impossible to defeat and Haven is hesitant about sending her kingdom into war. Haven’s gift, with the help of another, might be exactly what is needed to defeat Queen Kadia.
Haven jumped right into the action with an assassination attempt and warfare. It was nice that Haven’s abilities were brought right out into the open and no one was afraid of her. Haven’s abilities reminded me of a kinder, gentler Deadpool. Haven also continuously put herself in harm’s way to the benefit of her kingdom. Queen Kadia was a very interesting character and I do wish that I could have seen more into her motivations and history, there were some glimmers of what might be driving her, but nothing concrete. The second half of the book moved very quickly as the suspense picked up with Haven’s meeting of Kadia and a larger battle. I do wish that there was more description of the Kingdoms and especially the tunnel path to Seaburn, there was a lot of hype over this mysterious tunnel, but I felt that when they passed through, a lot was glossed over. I had a good general understanding of each Kingdom, but I just wanted a little more. Hopefully, more will be explained in the next installment, which I will be interested in reading.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
Katherine Bogle's debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World's Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.
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