Monday, 28 June 2010

Review - Queen Of The Orcs – King’s Property © Morgan Howell

Title – Queen Of The Orcs – King’s Property

Author – Morgan Howell

Publisher - Del Rey

Main Character – Dar

Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant's army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates - amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss - Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.

My Thoughts

I found this book just by chance and just from reading the blurb I was hooked. Dar is given into conscription by a family that had little materially and even less morally. Without a choice she accepts her fate and marches into the unknown.

Those starts Dar’s journey into a period of her life where she not only has to grow but use the gift of swift thinking and guile to get through the days. From the moment she meet the bulk of the regiment, she is branded and introduced to the harsh realities of life for a woman in the kings army.

She was now property with a price on her head if she runs. Being the new scabhead in the women camp she has no benefits except for the fact that she is fresh “meat” and soon comes under the eyes of the man in charge, but Dar has been there and done it before and she has little trust for men. That ultimately only leaves the Orcs, the inhuman beings that defends the king as decreed by their queen, Dar makes friend with one of the unlikely souls and ingratiate herself into almost every aspect of the orc’s life's – and this is what will see her through the long days and even longer nights.

Her spirit is as strong as ever and she gets into more problem and than anyone could think she would and it all comes with repercussion.

When a new girl is subscripted into the regiment, Dar takes her under her wings and eventually into the camp of the orcs, but there are eyes upon her and all of them means no good. Dar is alone and with a young girl to protect she uses all she has to survive, however when her protectors are marked for death she knows her time may also be drawing neigh. 

What a read, from the first few pages in I was hooked. When I was introduced to Dar I could tell this book was going to be a read where I had to be strong to get through bits of it.

The world building was very very good, however once I put the name to the players involved and got the lay of the land – I really got into the story more and more, and  I was seeing the magic of this book.

The book is a fast paced read, with some dastardly deed happening at all points of the day, Dar is not only strong but she has a stronger will to live. I was really impressed with her character – she alone carries the weight of this book.

There were a few things that stood out in the book for me, the Orcish language was one and a nice touch I thought – it somehow humanises the orcs and not make them feel like the killing machines that they were. The fact that the book was about ground level troops – so the march, the harsh living, the unimaginable events was an eye opening experience and of course the things that men do in the name of king and country is always a thrill to read. 

The side cast are as different as day is night, ranging from new born naivety, age old crafty experience and men with to much  sadistic tendencies. There was nothing funny in this book, no coming of age, no path that one must follow, Dar makes the rules up as she needs to and I was loving it.

KING’S PROPERTY is a wonderful first start to a series that is a great introduction to Howell’s work, but also a book that does what it intended. There was no over the top fluffing with characters or plot, and with the market infiltrated with fantasy of all kind – this very minimalistic dramatic tale was without a doubt a perfect read for me. 

6 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 28 June 2010 at 21:01 said...

I am glad to hear it was good!
I so wanna read it, yes I do have it as an e-book thanks to suvudu but I also know I will never read it as an ebook, so gotta buy it soon

Donna on 29 June 2010 at 01:02 said...

I have this book! I got it as a free ebook awhile back but I haven't read it yet. It sounds terrific from your review.

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 29 June 2010 at 16:27 said...

Is this a romance? Doesn't sound like it, or am I missing something? :)

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:10 said...

@Blodeuedd..

I did read mine on ebook - but I have since bought the trilogy, because they are so worth it..

Sometimes the simply fantasy world is so effective..

Hope you get to it soon..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:10 said...

@Donna.

Get to it hon. you are so going to love it..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 July 2010 at 19:11 said...

Janna..

It's fantasy hon - with a whole to little things tossed it..

Not the traditional romance stuff, but more a journey of emotions..

E.H>