Welcome to my stop on the fantastic Random Things Tours blog tour for the epic The Vagabond King by Jodie Bond.
Threon, the Vagabond King, is torn from a life in the palace by raiders and forced to scrape a living on the streets of a foreign land. Meeting a witch from distant mountains, a rebel soldier and a woman cursed by a god, he seeks retribution through a quest to reclaim his home and throne. Together they rekindle old allegiances, face an immortal army and learn to trust one another. But when the gods begin to interfere with their plans, is it a curse or a blessing?
It’s been a while since I took a trip off the beaten path of fantasy reading and picked up something totally unknown to me. Sometimes I like to read a fantasy book or series I otherwise might not have heard of and this is definitely in that vein. to see if you are okay. If you could take Tortall but make it grimdark, you would get The Vagabond King. I truly enjoyed the moments that reminded you that this is not a fantasy book to cosy up with. This is war and we are here to fight.
The story starts off with an almighty bang with an invasion, a prince left to die and a gesture that leaves you double guessing for the entire plot. The pacing of this is perfect because it doesn’t hold back not once. I honestly was taken aback with a few moments where the story was journeying along and then wham! Something takes you back and throws you back into the mud with the characters. It’s refreshing to read something that is paced so well.
Threon is one of the many eclectic characters that we meet through the course of the story and is one of many who we see this world through. Where we usually get the story of the prince stolen from his throne, thrown into exile and made to learn the way to survive in the harsh, real world. This has already happened by the time we meet Threon and it’s straight to his fight. The reader is left with the choice of picking up a sword with him or being left behind.
The characters overall were an absolute joy, Savanta and the Gods that are well and truly manipulating everything were some of my favourites. One thing I appreciated about Bond’s writing was the Gods and how they interact with humans. They are very reminiscent of the Tuath de Dannan or even Greek gods. They need humans in order to exist and yet to insult them is to be targetted by them. Savanta is one such victim among many. It’s reassuring to read gods who are really gods.
This is definitely a book you should read if you like a royal war, outcast princes or unlikely found families. Or maybe just some realistic gods is what you need. Definitely would recommend for fans of ‘The Name of the Wind, the Tortall universe and American Gods.
Jodie Bond comes from a family of gin makers in the mountains of north Wales. She works in marketing and performs as a burlesque artist. She had an unconventional childhood, dividing her time between a quiet life on her mother’s farm and her father’s home which was infamous
for holding some of the UK’s biggest raves in the 90s.
Thank you once again Anne and Parthian books for sneding me a copy of this book for review and for having me on the blog tour!