Today I have a review for the fantasy novel from Jodie Bond, The Vagabond King. The first in a Trilogy.
Thank you to Anne over at Random Things Blog Tours for providing me this opportunity.
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?
I am a huge reader of fantasy novels, I particularly have a soft spot for those where the author creates their own world and universe and that is exactly what Bond has done with The Vagabond King.
The world building is complex and believable and we see a lot of variations in the towns and cities of Thelonia and the Waterlands.
The characters are thought-provoking, interesting and brought to life with Bond’s vivid use of descriptive detail and character profiling. The world of magic is felt from very early on but does not define the story on the pages.
I found myself drawn into the battle of the Gods and pushing for the cause of Threon, Savanta, Azzania and not forgetting Lleu.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.
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.
Thanks for reading.