Author: Jeff Wheeler
Owen Kiskaddon first came to the court of the formidable King Severn as a prisoner, winning favor with the stormy monarch by masquerading as a boy truly blessed by the Fountain. Nine years hence, the once-fearful Owen has grown into a confident young man, mentored in battle and politics by Duke Horwath and deeply in love with his childhood friend, the duke’s granddaughter. But the blissful future Owen and Elysabeth Mortimer anticipate seems doomed by the king’s machinations.
A pretender to Severn’s throne has vowed to seize the crown of Kingfountain. But Severn means to combat the threat by using Elysabeth as bait to snare the imposter—and forcing Owen, as a pawn in the dangerous charade, to choose between duty and devotion. With poisoners and spies circling ominously, and war looming on the horizon, Owen must make painful sacrifices to beat back the advancing shadows of death and disaster. Will Owen’s conflicted heart follow the king’s path or will he risk everything for love?
Another excellent story in the King Fountain series. What a great sequel. Sometimes you find that the second books just aren't as captivating as the first but this one was even better. I didn't want to stop the story. I just had to find out what happened to Owen and Evi in their journey. Do I like the direction the story is taking .... not really. The ending made me very sad. But, it also made me start book 3 the very next second.
What I like about this book is it picks up a few years later than where Book one stopped. So you aren't having to travel the whole life if Owen but just these snap shot moments in time, very important moments in time.
I really enjoyed the person who was 'The Thief's Daughter" and I think she is going to play an even more important roll in book 3, that's just my prediction.
Great story, glad I found it on KU!
5 Stars all the way around.