I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
In the kingdom of the 13, every so many years, a 13 year old boy is randomly chosen to be king. This time it is the turn of Gordon, a child with the sweet blood sickness, who never expected or wanted to be a king. But Gordon will soon discover that the choice is not random at all, and that there are many dark forces at play.
This book if full of political intrigues in a world where just one kingdom is able to build flying ships. The politics are corrupt and Gordon and his allies will have to find a way to restore fairness and ensure the peace.
I quite enjoyed this book. The characters and the story are well built, and the dialogs feel natural and fluid. There were though some things unexplained but I guess we will know more in future books.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, which disappointed me a bit, because none of the stories are closed at that point and it was like stopping listening in the middle of the book. This was the one aspect I did not like about the book.
The narrator does a very good job, and despite his short range of voices, he helped differentiate the characters using different accents. The only complaint I have is that we can hear him breathing all the time, and it is like he is not getting enough air. I think this could have been edited out. It becomes a bit stressful at times.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy book with political intrigues. Just make sure that you have the next book available too.
My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-years stay in Belgium, three cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a Gouldian finch in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.