Review: Broken Banners by Joe King

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Publisher: King

Publishing Date: February 2016

ISBN: 9781944015084

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description: Slaughtered and left for crows, soldiers of the King’s Army lay dead in a field. A grim reminder: the king’s law ends at the gates of the capital. Elinor fought for what she believed and now she is an outcast. No soldier will follow her. No officer will stand with her. Yet when she finds her brothers and sisters slaughtered, she cannot turn her back on them.

 

Review: Bandits have taken over a keep that was to be taken down for reasons that are still unclear. Elinor is willing to fight all the raiders on her own, and even though hopelessly outmatched, her retinue follow her knowing death is nigh.  Wow, not bad for being so young but she is speshul and everyone talks about how speshul she is. She takes a knife to the stomach (which is usually a slow death) but seems to recover just fine. Providence? A Miracle? In the first novella a similar action happens to a young girl, only its a sword running through her stomach. She survives, the end. 

As these novellas unfold, they get less believable and the characters never develop with the movement. Getting mad and feeling enraged at the injustice of the world does not a character make. These novellas had promise but are wending their way onto my DNR list in the future.

 

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