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