The Almost King

The Almost King

Book - 2015
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Thrilling, edge-of-seat fantasy adventure from the author of Take Back the Skies . Set in the same world, but with a new hero and an action-packed dramatic story ...
Aleks Vasin is the youngest of four brothers, each with his path mapped out. But Aleks doesn't want to work in his father's shop in a village in the westernmost corner of Siberene for the rest of his life. Tired of being picked on and treated like the runt of the family, he decides to save his parents the cost of his keep and leave. First he heads south - though everyone tells him not to - to Rudavin, headquarters of the Kingsguard. He signs up for the army, little knowing what brutality it entails. After only a few weeks, Aleks realises that this garrison is full of liars and thieves; he's signed away four years of his life to a commander who steals his money and a captain whose only goal is power. This is not a noble destiny. After a brutal beating, Aleks escapes into the night, hoping to find safety and a new life somewhere in the north. And there, this deserter finds LOVE, ADVENTURE and a SKYSHIP in which he might just prove himself a hero after all ...
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781408847701
1408847701
Branch Call Number: SAXON
Characteristics: 409 pages : map ; 20 cm

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This story focuses on a character named Aleks. He is a teenage boy that seeks a life beyond his boring village life. Thus, he leaves his village and decides to join the army. However, after enrolling, he discovers the truth. He is left to figure out what to do next, coming to the conclusion of escaping. Aleks runs away with fear and determination while being chased by one who wants to get rid of him. With an interesting plot, the character tries to maintain a new life with new friends and very special "friend". Aleks struggles whom to trust including whom to tell about his past and the very reason why a certain person is chasing him.
However......I rated this story 3.5/5. The reason? There were few things that disliked. For example, the setting. Due to the fact that the story is about his journey, there are a variety of different settings that take place. However, the author wasn't able to describe the details of the environment surrounding the main character. Such as, how the city clearly looked like or how does his hometown look like. As a result, this caused me, the reader, to struggle to grasp an overall picture of the setting. Secondly, the confusing flashbacks. In the beginning of the story, the character has a handful of flashbacks causing me to question what was happening including what kind of character he was.
Besides my dislikes, the story has an interesting plot once the reader manages to carry on by a quarter of the book.
Nevertheless, if you like a fantasy yet sci-fi story, this book is recommended.

- Fleetwood teen

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