The King Betrayed
by Deborah Chester
Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (3) of 5 Stars – “Liked It”
Recommended for: Fantasy Readers of the Sword and Sorcery variety
It has been seven years since the half-elven Dain took his rightful place on the throne of Nether, with the warrior-women Alexeika beside him. Their rule has ushered in an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity…
But Dain’s legacy is not secure. His many enemies have formed an unholy alliance and put into motion a plot-fueled by sword and sorcery-which could shatter his life forever and destroy the one thing that has sustained him throughout the years: the love of his Queen, Alexeika…
This book is the sequel to The Queen’s Gambit and a continuation of The Sword, The Ring, and The Chalice novels. Unlike The Queen’s Gambit we are back following Dain and his story. Dain was the main protagonist of the original trilogy, so I was happy to see him back. The story seemed to bring some focus back to the series and worked quite well in the context of the other books.
One note, Chester seems to have a character in each of her novels that drives me nuts. Whiny, annoying, always picks the clearly stupid choice, etc. Perhaps this is by intention, but I have noticed that. In this one, I find the young cousin to be utterly annoying. He serves some plot purposes, but in general no harm would have been done if he had been more backstage entirely. With the title of the book, it is fairly clear that someone will betray Dain and trouble will ensue. An annoying character like this one is a bit direct in showing who it might be.
Other than that though, it is a fun romp through a Sword and Sorcery sort of world. If you have read her other books you will enjoy it. If Queen’s Gambit through you off by being about a formerly secondary character, give this one a shot.