Hey all, Dani here.
Let’s start this off with a disclaimer. I became a fan of Crista (C.A.) McHugh several years ago when I won one of her books in a Goodreads giveaway. Since then I have become a huge fan of hers, even becoming a part of her fan group on Facebook. As such, I often have the opportunity to receive advance copies of books in exchange for a review. That being said, getting an early copy does not alter my rating or opinion of the book. I always end up buying the book as soon as it’s released anyway.
She’s not what she seems.
He’s determined to uncover the truth.
After nearly being assassinated a few weeks ago, King Aerrin has reason to be on edge. The Raven Bringer has returned, and Aerrin knows he’s the fiend’s top target. So he’s naturally suspicious about the new student at the Academy of Arcane Magics. She’s too good, too advanced, and too polished to only be a young student learning her craft. Hellbent on discovering Seroney’s secret, Aerrin sets out to investigate her.
King Aerrin is perceptive–and right. She’s not who she claims to be. Pretending to be a student, the half-elf master mage, Seroney, has been placed at the Academy on a covert mission. The closer Aerrin comes to uncovering the truth about her, the more danger they are both in. But when the Raven Bringer retaliates against her, Seroney must decide what’s more important: duty or revenge.
Overall a 4.5 stars. The Raven Bringer Saga is actually a sequel/spin-off of the Elgean Chronicles, though you honestly do not need to read them to understand or follow anything in The King’s Imposter. Reading A Thread of Magic and the Tears of Elios will just give you a richer understanding of the world, and of the distant ancestors of some of the current characters.
This was a fairly quick read–something I say about basically all of Crista McHugh’s books, and this series marks her return to fantasy. Most recently she wrote the Kelly Brothers romance series and the Queen B* trilogy, which was a contemporary YA. I’m glad to be back in the fantasy realm, because that’s what got me into reading her books in the first place.
Now, for this book…I liked the characters and the overall concept of the story, but I felt like I could have used just a bit more depth to the story and the characters themselves. Also, I understand why Seroney is pretending to be a student and trying to get close to Aerrin for protection purposes, but I feel like she and Aerrin wouldn’t have had so many issues if everyone would have just been honest with the young King about who she was.
I’m hoping to get a lot more with Nyssa in the next book because I want to see more elaboration on her character; I think she could turn into one of my favorites in the series if she’s expanded more. Actually, I think that’s true with a lot of the characters and such. On my NOOK this book was all of 180 pages so for a fantasy story it is actually pretty short. Then again, I’m used to reading the massive epic fantasy books that are 500-900 pages each, and it gives you such a detailed glimpse into the world. While it is nice to have a light quick fantasy read every now and again, I think at the moment I’m more in the mood for massive fantasy world exploration.
All that being said, I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Oh, and I should point out that I recommend readers check out Resurrection first; it is a prequel story to this one and details an assassination attempt on young King Aerrin that is mentioned several times within this book.
What did not effect my rating (because receiving ARCs means that there is usually at least one more editing pass to go through) were the few typos I spotted in the book, but they were fairly easy to decipher. One that I greatly recall is spelling camaraderie as camaradery instead, but at least I understood what was meant to be said.