My first thought whilst reading the book was that the politics was too easy and short. By this I mean the relationships Roper has to create to gain power and reputation seems to magically happen as a result of a 10 minute conversation. I feel like the author should have spent a bit more time adding more to the politics side of it to pull the reader in and add more grit to the story. Another thing I couldn't quite grasp was the fact Carew used house names such as Lothbrok or referring to the southerners as Saxons and Frankish, It seemed a bit confusing at times and didn't work in my opinion.
The parts that I loved about the book was the authors ability to create a mind blowing battle scene and the also the character building. straight from the get go I took a liking to Roper, Pryce and Helmec and also thought the idea behind the sacred guard was brilliant. The sacred guard are The Anakims most fierce and skilled warriors. The captain of the guard, Uvoren, is Ropers biggest rival and is respected throughout the kingdom as a deadly warrior. I don't think I've hated a character in any book I've read as much as I hate Uvoren. But that just goes to show how well Carew has created his characters.
I would have liked to have seen more action in the Battle of Githru, considering it was built up all the way through the chapter. The choice to only add a few skirmishes and skip the main battle was a bit lazy in my opinion. There's no doubt Carew can create an impressive battle scene which is evidently shown towards the end of the book. I just think that one battle held a key part in the story.
Although this book doesn't have solid creativity when it comes to politics and maybe sways more towards a military fantasy book. I genuinely think this is a decent start to a good series and I'm really excited for the next book!
This book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.