Saturday, November 1, 2014

Book Review for Court by Cat Patrick

For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon -- and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon's lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he's assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve -- or destroy -- everything, depending on your bloodline. 
Money. Love. Power. Community. What's your motivation?


I don't read the fantasy genre very often but was drawn to the premise of this story as it has a Game of Thrones feel to it.  Ms. Patrick has crafted an engaging world that's just different enough from ours to give an exotic feel to this society.  It's a multi-layered story full of intriguing characters, political intrigue, and a bit of romance to keep readers on the edge of their seat.

There's a lot going on though, almost too much, which does make the story a bit confusing and weighs it down and makes it drag in places.  A large cast of characters furthers that confusion but gives an epic feel to the story overall.  The characters themselves are larger than life and act as I expected them to with their own issues to deal with when it comes to the expectations of others.  Readers of the fantasy genre will find this a good read, one that will lead them on a merry chase.

My rating for this is a C+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

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