Fate Forsaken – Harbringer * Shae Ford

Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs — the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five — unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren’t bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering — which is a problem for Kael.

It’s not like he asked to be born a whisperer: he didn’t ask for his strange healing powers anymore than he asked to be the village runt. And when he rescues a wounded girl from the perils of the Unforgivable Mountains, his luck only gets worse. She couldn’t have been just any girl: she had to be Kyleigh —the sword-wielding renegade knight with all of Midlan on her trail. Then one miserable, snowy evening, things go from bad to worse, and Kael is left with no choice but to follow Kyleigh down the mountains and into the tumultuous lowlands. She leads him on one mad quest after the next — eventually pulling off an act of such mischievous proportions that it threatens to change the Kingdom as they know it.

“There are times when death seems certain, and hope is dim. But in those times, I forget my fears. I do not see the storm that rages, or the battle that looms ahead. I close my eyes to the dangers – and in the quiet of the darkness, I see only what must be done.”

This is book 1 in a 4-book fantasy/adventure series. Creatures like dragons, whisperers, mages, witches, “beast” wolves, wrights, pirates, mystery swords and many others crowd for attention in this book. If it’s not real and you’ve even marginally heard of it, you’ll find it in this book. Whisperers do things with their minds like telekinesis. Kael, the hero of the story, is in his late teens. When the story starts he doesn’t know that he is a whisperer, but he soon learns he is. When he shoots an arrow it goes where he wants it to go. When he sets an animal trap the animal he wants comes to the trap. He can heal by picturing body parts coming together.

There are five evil governor types and an evil king. Kael and his friends travel and plan to kill or stop the evil leaders. During the story Kael makes friends with various types who accompany him on these quests. In book 1 Kyleigh (a dragon shifter) has a major role.

There is a happy ending for book 1 with good guys winning against an evil ruler, but there are more evil rulers out there to be dealt with in future books.

I think pre-teens would love the series but for me it was like listening to absurd situations after absurd situation.

It’s not good, formulaic and yeah, after Khaleesy dragon princess destroyed Westeros, I have little patience for other Dragon-born.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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