I’m never one to turn down free books, so even though I suspected this book was probably not going to be my favorite, I decided to try it anyway. This book being a fantasy, I was expecting to be confused because...well, that's just what happens with me and fantasies. The Orphan King did confuse me- at first. Then, to my surprise, I actually figured out what was going on! As for magical content- I’m still not sure what’s really going on with that. The bad guys obviously use magic. At first, I thought the heroes were using it as well, but then it’s revealed that their seemingly mystic tricks were just that- tricks. Because this book had more going on than mystical symbols and potions and sorcery like a lot of fantasies do, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would- certainly more than the last fantasy I received from this publisher. I also appreciated the fact that it was set in a historical context. That made it much easier for my mind to grasp.
Overall, though this book didn’t amaze me or convert me over to the genre, I certainly didn’t hate it, although I probably would not recommend it to someone who wasn’t already a fan of fantasies.
Objectionable content: This book had several violent scenes, nothing too disturbing, but violent nonetheless. The "enemy" is known to perform human sacrifices, although this is only mentioned, not described. Magic is performed by the bad guys and it at first seems as if the hero is using magic, as well.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.