The Hundred Years War has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens across the Four Kingdoms. Corrupt rulers dominate. Religious intolerance runs rampant. The cycle of vengeance continues to turn with the seasons.
An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle has been long forgotten. The prophecy promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms on the backs of a chosen few, the fatemarked, individuals marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the Kings’ Bane, and will bring death to the warmongering rulers, using fear to force peace; another shall be the Peacemaker, bestowed with the rare ability to heal. Opposite sides of the same coin, dark and light, death and life, the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker are responsible for the fate of an entire continent.
As they fight to achieve their destinies, adversity will hinder them in every realm: in the frozen north, assassination attempts and a brutal power struggle; in the holy west, a vicious queen and her self-righteous army of warriors; in the mysterious iron-clad forest of the east, revenge and glory rule the day; and in the southern empires of Calyp and Phanes, maturing dragons, slaves, and a civil war.
To truly fulfill the oracle’s prophecy of peace, both the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker, as well as the other fatemarked, will need to overcome those who seek to destroy everything in their pursuit for power. @goodreads
What is it that comes rolling across the plains to kill
Okay, there are so many characters in the book. It's not really confusing because we go back in forth through each little groups journey which eventually connects them all in one shape or form.
7) The Armored Knight / Arme/Tarin
8) Sir Dietrich
10) Sir Drunk Craig
12) Bear Blackboots
Okay, so there are a lot more but these are the ones I like the most.
Actually, I absolutely loved, Annise and The Armored Knight (Tarin). Annise is bad to the bone and I loved that the author added a plus sized hero to the book. I mean she's always talking down about herself looking like a pear, etc. But she can kick major butt! And The Armored Knight gets on to her about this, he is sent to protect her. The Armored Knight is bad to the bone himself and um, (I have a little crush on him) There is a mystery about him but I won't even let that slip, it's something you need to read for yourself.
Annise and Arch are brother and sister and when something happens, they need to take over as King and Queen. <--- another bunch of stuff you will have to read.
There are people in this world that are marked with different abilities and they are called "Fatemarked." Most of these people are put to death or used in other ways.
The book goes back and for talking about war with the other people since something out there is killing off all of the important people. So the other important people are trying to get a foot in the door until they are killed off. lol <--- I'm great at explaining things :-D This is how I go about not giving out spoilers, I make it so confusing you have to read the book to see what I'm talking about.
Anyway, there is a revelation later on about the thing that is killing people and I knew it!!!! I knew where that was going, but it took me a little bit. It is sooooooooo good, but nobody better not kill off Tarin or Annise or I will crack some heads!
I really do enjoy the other groups of people too but the group with Annise in it is so much better. Her and Tarin make the whole book for me. Oh, and the fatemarked people and all they can do is really cool, well maybe not so much all of the gifts.
I look forward to what else we have in store and I hope Annise and Tarin kick major butt!