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Reviewed by Riley

About Destined for a King

Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.

Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.

Review of Destined for a King

Destined for a King surprised me a bit. My own fault really. Based on a blurb, I was expecting historical romance. What I got was romantic fantasy. I my defense, it did take place in an historical setting. Swords. Bows and Arrows. Horses. But no real-life place or time period.

It was a pleasant surprise. Romantic fantasy is a favorite genre, though I don’t read it as much as I would like to.  I am so glad I picked up Destined for a King!

Destined for a King is the first book in what is a promising new series. Here is what I liked:

First, I liked the relationship between the heroine and the hero. They started out as enemies, with Torch and his Bastard Brotherhood attacking and capturing Calista’s father’s castle – Blackbriar Keep. He also imprisoned all of Calista’s family. And Calista shot Torch with an arrow during the battle. So, you can imagine that things are going be a bit tense for a while. But the attraction between Calista and Torch is intense and fiery, made even more so by the enmity and mistrust they must overcome.

I also liked the medieval, fantasy setting. Like I mentioned earlier – there are the typical medieval weapons. There are castles – with dungeons. And there is magic. The magic has an earth-based, almost Celtic feel to it. Also, that magic is pretty mysterious. The author did not give a lot of explanation for magic and the source of it, so there is plenty left to the imagination, as well as possible future tales of the Bastard Brotherhood. There are also hints of great magic yet to be done.

Finally, as far as series books go, Destined for a King is a great setup. The Bastard Brotherhood is made up of several potential key characters including Torch’s sister and brother. While these characters played minor but important roles in Destined for a King, a background has been set up that will allow them to take the main stage in future stories.

I really enjoyed this book. But the ending was too much of a cliff-hanger. The relationship between Torch and Calista was resolved, but there are still of lot of other plot pieces in limbo.

If you don’t mind cliff-hangers, and you like a well-written historical fantasy with steamy romance, Destined for a King is a good one to check out.

NetGalley provided an ARC.

For more information about The Bastard Brotherhood series, I recommend you visit Ashlyn Macnamara’s website: http://ashlynmacnamara.net/the-basics-on-the-bastard-brotherhood-series/


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