The King's Bastard (King Rolen's Kin)
by Rowena Cory Daniells
Solaris Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781907519000
Date: 08 July 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Solaris publish this chunky fantasy in paperback original, the first in a new trilogy by Australian author Rowena Cory Daniells. The King's Bastard opens The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin and it's great to see the revivified Solaris imprint signalling their intent with this 'does what it says on the tin' kind of work. Long may it flourish.
Daniells is no newbie and this series will do much to establish her work outside of Australia.
"Only seven minutes younger than Rolencia's heir, Byren has never hungered for the throne. He laughs when a seer predicts that he will kill his twin. But the royal heir resents Byren's growing popularity. Across the land the untamed magic of the gods wells up out of the earth's heart. It sends exotic creatures to stalk the wintry nights and it twists men's minds, granting them terrible visions. Those so touched are sent to the Abbey to control their gift, or die. At King Rolen's court enemies plot to take his throne, even as secrets within his own household threaten to tear his family apart. Political intrigue and magic combine in this explosive first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy. "