Blood of Ancient Kings
by V.J.O. Gardner
Blood of Ancient Kings begins as an evil king is overthrown and his kingdom taken from him on the same day his wife dies in childbirth. He’s devastated and wants to die, but the new king having compassion offers both a punishment and a blessing. He must raise the child on his own – but there is a catch: He is stripped of title and privilege and forced to live among the very people that he abused as king.
The first night in the village, the villagers block the door shut and set the house on fire! He rescues his daughter as the roof falls in! He finds himself surrounded by angry villagers that pelt him with rocks as he runs seeking shelter. He crawls under a bridge and huddles in the mud to protect his infant daughter. For the first time in his life he is truly afraid of death, but not for himself – for his daughter. And that’s when it starts getting exciting!
A medieval fantasy novel that has been loved by teens and adults, both male and female, Blood of Ancient Kings drops two men into new and unfamiliar circumstances. One must figure out how to care for himself and his infant daughter, while the other must learn to lead and defend an entire nation instead of just a troop of men. Each must learn to be a father and gain the respect of others. Follow their children as they find friendship and inner strength while searching for love and their own identities. Meet two brothers that are as different as their fates are. Discover how they cope with life together and apart.
About the author, V.J.O. Gardner
Growing up in a small Utah town, I was a voracious reader. In college I took Fantasy Lit and writing classes. I’ve always enjoyed observing people and how they interact based on their individual experiences and upbringing. I found that I enjoyed writing to take a break from the reality of life. After trying my hand at a variety of jobs, I felt it was finally time I begin to publish what I had been writing.
There have been so many great authors that I have learned from and a few very poor ones. I do not presume to compare myself to any other author’s style but only attempt to tell the story in such a way as to immerse the reader in the story. Just as some of the characters spend most of their time trying to figure out where they fit in this life, I too have been searching for a place where I fit only to realize that it’s the journey of discovery that is the most important part of life.
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First of I have to say that the author had a good story line. When I read the blurb and agreed to review this medieval novel I was looking forward to reading it.
The story line was uneventful and for four hundred and plus pages it went on the same trend. With repeats through out so that I could not loose myself in this story.
I never thought much about the important role a villain played in a story that kept you glued to the pages, wondering what will happen, what will he do?
I have learned the value of a villain because of this book, or the absences of one. I personally felt that this story could have used more action. Every character was placated, just following the same script over and over.
The love scenes felt coerced and not a natural experience of two people who were deeply in love would react.
A lot of misconceptions in the village gave some life to the story but it was short lived and far apart. The king's interference just to much to make it really believable. Trails teach us to stand on our feet, to become mature, to make the right decisions our self. King Langward must learn to allow his son and Aurita to become their own person. They were greatly smothered to really grown in their own skins and have some backbone.
Although I must admit Aurita did have to some extend. Being the healer of the village she performed great things but that is where it ends. Burkhart in my opinion grown as a person, from evil king to a loving father that submitted himself to the new king. The experiences he faced in starting over was believable and the part I enjoyed the most.
The secrets kept from the Prince and Aurita were not really justified at the end. Secrets are suppose to be just that secrets and not in the open. To much information to soon left the story lifeless.
I could get no real feel what period the book was written in. Although well written the pace was very slow with just to many repeated lines that draws you away from the plot.