Summary: Toronia, a kingdom composed of three realms, is wracked with civil war. King Brutan rules with an iron fist. Cruelty and suffering abound. The kingdom’s only hope comes in the form of Brutan’s illegitimate triplets, prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. But the road to the throne is long and bloody. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule?
Thoughts: The book opens with a classical fantasy plot full of stars, prophecies, and conspiracies. After that, we start to develop more into the cast but with a heavy plot constantly lurking in the background.
This whole book is filled with potential. While a good read in itself, it feels more like a prologue to the rest of the series that promises much more in the high fantasy genre.
What really appealed to me about this book was that the story focused on triplets, a bit of an uncommon plot line outside of mysteries trying to pull a fast one. As such, I was curious to see how the author would pull this off. He does so with skill, developing each of the children into their own unique person and it's easy to enjoy them each as individuals while still being able to see their similarities.
All in all, a great read that promises good things for the rest of the trilogy!
Content: Some violence but otherwise a clean read for all ages.