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The Hidden King – Book Review

Book Title: The Hidden King (The Coming of Áed #1)
Author: E.G. Radcliff
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: July 12th 2019
Format: Kindle


Why I chose this?

I am in a fair few book groups on Facebook and someone was discussing this one day and I also have seen someone pinning a discussion of this on Pinterest so I wanted to check it out. After I read the synopsis I thought this would be a book I would find interesting.


What it’s about

The Hidden King (The Coming of Áed Book 1)

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
Someone is going to get burned…

On the shores of an oily sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left – but an ancient legacy smouldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he – nor a kingdom – will ever be the same.


First Impressions

This seems like it has a very spoilery title, I can only assume that Áed is the King and he is in hiding after a terrible accident of some sort.

Wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to pronouncing Áed’s name but a lot of fantasy books I have read lately have all had names where I am not 100% sure on the pronunciation, but then again I never am when it comes to Irish names.

What I Thought

I received this as an eARC for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the eARC.

This is a really beautifully written book full of action and suspense. Áed is a seventeen-year-old boy with the world on his shoulders and nothing to his name. I felt sorry for him from the moment we’re introduced to him. Ronan reminded me of my own son and I just wanted to give him a cuddle and tell him everything would be ok, and Boudicca was fantastic. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to pronounce some of the characters names, but it comes with a handy guide at the beginning which I have added here.

This story hooked me in, and I want to see what happens in the prequel.

A must-read for fantasy fans out there.


Star Rating

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