The King’s Own: Better than Covenants

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsLorna Freeman Borderlands Covenants, The King's Own reviewThe King’s Own by Lorna Freeman

In the first book of Borderlands (Covenant), Lorna Freeman made some serious mistakes with the main character, Rabbit, by trying to describe him as one thing and have him behave in a manner that didn’t make sense.
In the second book, The King’s Own, there is much better consistency with Rabbit — he acts like he should. I especially loved the way the Freeman played off of his youth and apparent inexperience when it came to dealing with the opposite sex.

The story line was interesting again and the originality of how magic and different races exist is worth thinking about. I really enjoy the interactions between the various races and the fact that they are not automatically all best friends. Too often, authors neglect the conflict that is innate when bringing new people into a group to work together.

I wish that Freeman had added a little more detail about how Rabbit is gaining better control of his powers because it felt like it just “magically” happened. But I appreciate that, despite his great powers, he is very limited in how much he can do with them — he has great talent, but no technique yet; That’s a very good and understandable explanation.

On the whole, I can’t wait for the next book because the Lorna Freeman is getting better at writing the characters without letting them get boring. To be honest, I can’t wait to see what she is going to write next!

Borderlands — (2004-2010) Publisher: Rabbit is a trooper on the Border Guards, just another body in the King’s army. But when his patrol encounters a Faena — one of the magical guardians of an uneasy ally-Rabbit is thrust into a political and magical intrigue that could start a war. Because Rabbit isn’t just another trooper. He is the son of nobility-and a mage who doesn’t know his own power…

Lorna Freeman Borderlands 1. Covenants 2. The King's Own 3. Shadows PastLorna Freeman Borderlands 1. Covenants 2. The King's Own 3. Shadows PastLorna Freeman Borderlands 1. Covenants 2. The King's Own 3. Shadows Past


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