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The traitor's heir
Thayer, Anna.
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Oxford (England) : Lion Fiction, c2014.
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541 pages : maps, 20 cm.
As Cadet Eamon Goodman swears to serve the Master, a dark voice penetrates his mind, and offers him unsettling power. Then Eamon meets the true King. Despite having made a binding oath to the Master, his heart longs to be a King's man. Whom will Eamon betray?
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"Every man has a destiny. His is to betray".
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Young Eamon Goodhand has completed his training to join the Gauntlet, the army of the Master of the land. The Master maintains tight control of his domain by virtue of the Gauntlet, his commanders the Hands, and his ruthless second in command, the Right Hand. Eamon swears to serve the Master in opposing the villainous Wayfarers, whose depredations threaten the land. His gifts, particularly his potent insight, are valuable to his superiors. However, the Master's bloody rule, and an encounter with another who claims to be king, throw into doubt Eamon's assumptions about what might be true, and worthy of service. But he has already made his vows...

Author Notes

Anna Thayer graduated from Cambridge with first class honours in 2005 before teaching in Sicily. She writes and lectures internationally on the works of Tolkien and Lewis. She teaches English at an independent school in southern England.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In Thayer's debut novel, soldier Eamon Goodman is entangled in a power struggle between the Serpent King of the wayfarers and the Master of the River Realm. Sworn to loyalty to the Master through the Gauntlet, his armed forces, Eamon is presented with an alternative history of his master's political ascent that forces him to reconsider his fealty when he is captured by the enemy. When he is sent back to Dunthruik, the Master's city, he returns as a traitorous informant for the Serpent King, rising quickly through the ranks of the Gauntlet. Thayer paints Eamon as a psychologically complex character who doubts the validity of the oaths that he has sworn. Eamon finds comfort in the gratification and immediate glory for his deeds in the Gauntlet. This deeply conflicts with his moral desire to contain the violence inflicted on wayfarers and the faith needed to believe in a King whom he never sees or hears from. The first book in this trilogy offers a thrilling story fraught with uncertainty and betrayal, asking readers to consider the nature of loyalty and to reflect on the difference between thought and action. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.