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Dain is the King of Nether and a lot of people want him dead. One embittered "sorcerel" hatches a plot to kill the heir, kidnap his firstborn daughter and tear his kingdom apart.
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Ace, Dec 2003, 7.99, 416 pp.
ISBN 0441011152

Seven years ago the half Elden Dain took the throne away from the mad king who was slowly destroying the kingdom of Nether. Today the realm recovers, but King Dain, who is happily married to his soulmate Queen Alexeika, is unable to rest. His three children contain varying degrees of Edven blood but only his four year old son could be considered his proper heir. The powerful clandestine Killegya cabal wants the king to distance his warrior queen from affairs of the realm and Nether's neighbors may attack the still weakened kingdom at any time.

After being away, Dain finds his son killed, his eldest daughter kidnapped and his youngest child catatonic. The guards and protectors were paid off to look the other way when Grethori guardsmen try to destroy the royal family. Dain rushes to find his daughter but a powerful mage ensorcelles him. Though many think the king is dead and demand a new monarch proclaimed, the queen refuses to believe her beloved husband is murdered. When he comes home, she cannot forgive him for his adultery with a powerful sorceress and for not returning their daughter to her. An elusive enemy orchestrating events wants the king of Nether to pay for past grievances.

Deborah Chester has written a beautiful romantic fantasy that is filled with plenty of action and has characters that are easy to understand. It is not a country or a tribe that causes the royal family so much grief but one man who erroneously believes King Dain has destroyed the worked he accomplished. The ironic part is the king never gave him a second thought. THE KING BETRAYED is epic fantasy at its romantic best.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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