A fletcher’s apprentice finally finds his calling in a brotherhood of elite rebel spies… until he discovers his leader’s plot to betray them all.
When the Huctans conscript Timothy into a secret army—and when a girl with a strange set of skills sets him free—an awkward young man gets the chance to become a hero. Throwing himself into the rebel cause, Timothy ignites years of pent-up frustration and futility in an obsessive drive to fight, spy, and deceive better than anyone else. Losing himself in the exhaustion of training and the danger of missions, he finds friendship with a Thane as fanatical as he is and wraps his new identity completely in service to the rebel Band.
The rebel Band which, unbeknownst to him, was created to be betrayed.
A heart-breaking tale of duplicity, passion, and adventure.
Wow. That was a great read. There are subtle hints of the author’s love of Parkour throughout the novel which creates an interesting effect in the context of a medieval society. I mean, medieval fantasy combined with Parkour. Hook me up!
With an interesting prose(nicely structured sentences), Travis demonstrates his proficiency as a writer. The story flows fluidly from one plot point to another. The characters are well fleshed out which allows for some interesting conflicts such as the desire to protect one’s nation vs seeking safety. Moreover, unlike many other authors, Bow takes the time to ensure that the characters go through the training sequence rather than have op characters off the bat. The main drawback is that the novel seems largely to be a setup for the future novels but based on what I have seen, I hold high expectations for the next novel. Overall, the novel serves as a nice throwback to more traditional fantasy(coming of age) compared to the predominance of grim,gritty fantasy. The well developed plot and characters set the stage for an riveting sequel.
I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest, non-reciprocal opinion.
Travis grew up in Reno, NV (where he raised pigs for FFA). He earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (where he broke his collarbone in a misguided Parkour attempt) and Stanford (where he and his bike were hit by a car), spent 5 years doing R&D for Nikon (where he earned several patents), and now works on medical robots in Reno. He has written a two-book series about teenage medieval secret agents, and his short stories have appeared in Spark, Abyss and Apex, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Stupefying Stories, Punchnel’s, Kids ‘Magination, and Liquid Imagination.