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When Rabbit joined the Royal Army of Iversterre, he was just trying to get off the family farm. Instead, he got mixed up with a magical from the Border, learned he couldn't escape his noble lineage, and developed some surprising talents that he can't always control. But with Iversterre sliding toward the abyss, Rabbit needs to master his powers quickly-before someone elseWhen Rabbit joined the Royal Army of Iversterre, he was just trying to get off the family farm. Instead, he got mixed up with a magical from the Border, learned he couldn't escape his noble lineage, and developed some surprising talents that he can't always control. But with Iversterre sliding toward the abyss, Rabbit needs to master his powers quickly-before someone else does it for him....

Title : The King's Own
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ISBN : 9780451460714
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The King's Own Reviews

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-01-14 19:23

    4/5; 4 stars; A-This book takes up the story after Rabbit and company have returned from Loran's city to their garrison at Feston. King Jusson has been making his way north through the country to meet up with them in Feston. All hell breaks loose with more evil magical plots and non stop action. I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, although I found myself feeling a bit impatient with the continued stupidity and blindness of some of the beings who supposedly are hundreds, if not thousands of years old and really should know better. I am looking forward to book 3.

  • Dan
    2019-01-09 18:01

    Not bad, better than the first one, I think..

  • Beth
    2019-01-02 14:05

    I adore this series. Elemental aspects, swords and sorcery.Action, adventure, intrigue, with witty banter & humor. Complex characters and world building, with surprisingly deep concepts and repercussions. First read September 2012?

  • James
    2018-12-24 13:04

    3.5 but on the lower side...There is definitely progression in the writers capability in this book but I find it lacking finesse and subtlety of a great book. Despite the improvement, there are ludicrous amount of foreshadowing, hinting, and blatantly ignored clues by main characters throughout the book. I find it really taxing reading over blatant clues over and over again, waiting for main characters who are supposedly brilliant/intelligent/possess some common sense, to catch up on major plot points. While I feel characterization is good, in key moments, characters fail to act like themselves in order to move the plot in way or another in order to help out the author. This isn't blatantly wrong so much as frustrating for a reader who notices character inconsistencies. Take for example the king, Wynn, Laurel, and Jeff all failing to ask rabbit why he accidentally did magic in the first place. Despite him having never done this before, being relatively in control now, and them being able to read his thoughts more than half the time.... What the heck!!!My other problem is that at key moments Rabbit becomes all powerful with little or no explanation afterwards on how or why. I feel like if much of this was explained and if Rabbit didn't spend half the time totally oblivious to his powers and using them I would find these books a lot better. One last contributing factor is just an overall feeling that these are children's books. Every plot point is littered with a proverbial trail of bread crumbs for the least observant reader to pick up. In spite of itself though, this series manages to remain interesting with good cliffhangers. These factors all contribute to yet another 3 star rating in the series despite obvious improvement in other areas. I've gotten two books in, why not read the third?

  • Jael
    2019-01-11 14:16

    What? Why Goodreads? Why did you have to lose my review? :simmers:Rabbit is back and once again he is up to his eyebrows in trouble. In the beginning Rabbit is imprisoned for causing a stampede and damage to persons and property. However, after releasing Rabbit and his two companions, the jailer (who doesn't have a honest bone in his body and possibly loves playing or have his men play kidney punch to prisoners) turns up dead. To make matters worse, the jailor is killed with death magic. Rabbit and others (Laurel, Jeff, Wyln, King Jusson, and other characters) rush to find the ones responsible for the crime since tension between humans and magicals is a powder keg waiting to go off. I would say, this book is primarily a mystery book, it has bits of political intrigue, see Rabbits mageness develop further, and there's a continuation of the smuggling plot from the last book. I really do like the world that Freemen has created but I wish I would have gotten a better sense of Rabbits ties to the magicals. For instance, the book takes place in a small town and the locals are prejudiced against anything magical. So, they aren't big fans of Rabbit. Even the Doyen (a priest of some sort, I think) who knows that Rabbit has been attending his services for five years, labels Rabbit as being a magical. Rabbit does seem irked by this the second it happens, but then it's forgotten. Furthermore, I wish that the murder plot would've developed faster. It felt like it really dragged on throughout the book. Also, I was bugged by Rabbit's secrecy. For instance he keeps hearing the ocean in his dreams (and even dreams of drowning) and hears "it's not winter". I can understand not speaking to Jusson about it since the King might think Rabbit is a tad crazy, but not asking Wyln or Laurel about it... it weird since they both know he has visions and are his teachers. But I still enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next one.

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-01-23 15:12

    This is a rather remarkable series. Book one (Covenants: A Borderlands Novel) was a ridiculously good debut novel and one of the finest fantasy novels I'd read. The magic system is extremely well thought out and very interesting. I would strongly urge any reader considering The King's Own to read these novels in sequence, starting with Covenants. The story of Rabbit, a burgeoning mage, is continued here, in The King's Own. As opposed to the sprawling tale of the first book, all the action is limited to a single town and takes place over just a few days. It is, at its heart, a mystery novel. A crime is committed and the guilty parties need to be discovered and nullified. Fast, since there is a lot at stake. There is, of course, a catch. The murder was committed using death magic, and Rabbit is the only mage around. Surprises follow. In between all this, Rabbit learns more about his skills and talents. Lorna Freeman has a great storytelling ability, and The King's Own is a fine read, although perhaps not quite as exciting as Covenants. Some reviewers have apparently experienced problems with a 'lack of detail' in the novel. To clarify, the story is told in the first person, from Rabbit's point of view, and most of the time he is not aware of all that is going on. A lot of the plot details are only explained later in the novel, as our protagonist starts putting two and two together. This actually works quite well, and similar to Dr Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories, a lot is made clear only at the very end. A familiar plot device, but applied to great effect here. I'm looking forward to seeing what Rabbit and his friends will be conjuring up next.

  • Gabby
    2019-01-02 13:13

    I have to say that I was not as impressed with this one as I was the first one. However that does not mean that it wa a bad book. I actually thought that it was quite good. The relationships between Rabbit and Laurel, Wyln and Jusson really help to make the whole thing more enjoyable. What helps to make Rabbit more whole as a character though is hiss relationship with Jeff and Arlis. On that note this is a great book. I love this series so far. And have already started the third one.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-29 15:05

    My rating: 10 stars out of five.Ms Freeman's writing continues to astound me with her intricate blend of humour, political intrigue, sorrow, nail-biting tension and drama.I read this sequel immediately after finishing 'Covenants" and, although this book is also rather lengthy I completed it in a little over 2 VERY satisfying days. For those with a tendency to nitpick, the plot is sequential, cohesive and follows a logical sequence of events. If you are STILL not satisfied, you need to get a life, quickly.By the way, the revenants are really, really creepy!

  • Sovotchka
    2018-12-25 13:27

    "Die Königstreuen" ist bereits der zweite Band in der Serie "Grenzlande".Nachdem Hase im ersten Band vom einfachen Soldaten zu einem mächtigen Magier mit Beziehungen und verwandtschaftlichen Verstrickungen zu allen möglichen und unmöglichen hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten aufgestiegen ist und ganz nebenbei noch einen Schmugglerring lahmgelegt und eine Verschwörung gegen den König aufgedeckt hat, kehrt er in diesem Buch wieder zurück zu seiner alten Garnison. Die Stadt ist noch ebenso sehr ein verschlafenes Nest wie vorher, und trotz der großen Nähe zu den Grenzlanden, die voll sind von Dunkelelfen, Feen, Drachen, Zauberern, Gestaltwandlern und anderen magischen Wesen, gibt es hier beinahe mehr Vorurteile gegenüber "unnatürlichen" Begebenheiten als im Rest von Iversterre. So steht Hase natürlich im Zentrum des öffentlichen Interesses - oder besser. des öffentlichen Ärgers, denn zusätzlich zu dem Mist, den er ohnehin selbst verzapft kommt es auch noch zu politischen Verwicklungen durch den Besuch des Königs und die Anwesenheit von Berglöwe Laurel und Dunkelelf Wyln - Hases Ausbildern in Sachen Magie. Und schließlich hat jedes Provinznest auch noch seine ganz eigenen Leichen im Keller...Lorna Freemans wunderbarer Schreib- und Erzählstil aus dem ersten Teil findet sich hier schon auf den ersten Seiten wieder, und so ist auch dieses Buch pures Lesevergnügen. Die wunderschön ausgearbeitete Welt, der menschliche Held, der in ein Fettnäpfchen nach dem anderen tapst, und die kleinen politischen Spielchen, die durch den wundervollen trockenen Humor erst richtig gut kommentiert werden.Man lernt jede der Figuren richtig gut kennen, und zieht trotz aller vorhandenen Hinweise doch immer die selben falschen Schlüsse. So kommt denn auch die Aufklärung recht überraschend, wenngleich sich die Autorin auch trotzdem wieder Zeit nimmt, am Ende alles noch einmal zu erklären. So findet man auch hier wieder ebenso wie im ersten Teil eine in sich recht geschlossene Geschichte, obschon die Welt so toll ist, dass man Hase gerne noch in viele andere Fettnäpfchen treten sehen möchte.Fazit: Ganz eindeutig fünf Sterne (gibt ja leider nicht mehr). Jeder, der den ersten Teil gut fand, wird an diesem auch seine pure Freude haben; wer Lorna Freeman noch nciht kennt, aber einem gut gemachten Abenteuer mit einer starken Prise trockenem Humor nicht abgeneigt ist, der sollte schleunigst zum Buchhändler seines Vertrauens eilen und mit dem ersten Band "Die Verpflichtung" in diese wunderbare Welt eintauchen!

  • Kari Chapman
    2018-12-23 12:26

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a great story in it that really held my attention - I forgot to keep track of the time the last 100 or so pages of the book because I was so caught up in the story. This book picks up the day after the previous book in the series, though it took a little bit to completely figure that out. I knew it wasn't long after the end of the previous book, but it wasn't clear right away that it was just the next day. The pacing was nice and fast - the story kept moving right along. In fact, for a change I wouldn't have minded the pacing being bit slower to give what was happening a chance to settle in and be clear. My main issue with the book is the main character, Rabbit. He's a very nice person and all the interesting stuff is certainly happening around him and because of who/what he is - but none if it is due to his actions. In fact, if a main character could be a MacGuffin, I'd say he is - he's important for who he's related to and the magic that he can do, but he never actually purposely does anything of his own initiative. He's either following the orders of someone, trying to stay out of trouble and stumbling into it, or really having his magic act on it's own. However, the story itself was strong enough that I don't really have problem with this, it just an interesting thing I noted.

  • Melinda
    2019-01-13 15:10

    I started this book without thinking there may be a story before this one; however, it made no real difference. I enjoyed the story anyway. Although I missed out on some issues from the first book, I didn't have any trouble keeping up with the story.As the story progressed, I found myself loving the characters, especially Rabbit, King Jusson, and Lord Commander Thadro.I'm sure that the story is building up to a final confrontation, but I think I'm going to start the series over. Since starting in the middle and enjoying the characters, I think it will be even better if I start at the beginning.It's not often that I find a book that I think I can read over and over, but I'm pretty sure that I have found that in this series. So, if you enjoy a fantasy story with memorable characters, then try this series out. I think you will enjoy it as much as I have.

  • The Dragonbard
    2019-01-05 19:02

    I came across this book several years ago at a flea market. I had been getting a little depressed as I hadn't found any new fantasy novels that really interested me in at least a couple of years. So, when I came across this book, I honestly didn't have high hopes for it, but it looked interesting enough for me to take a chance.I'm glad I did, because I really enjoyed it, and as quickly as I could, I picked up the other two books in the series. It's definitely one of my favorite fantasy novels, and one I keep finding myself going back to read over and over again.The writing style (the style, not the plot) reminds me most of the fantasy works of David Eddings, with the humorous interactions between the cast. I'd say fans of one would be fans of the other.

  • Macha
    2019-01-07 20:06

    3 stars. this one's okay, but it could have tried for more. a Borderlands novel, i've been interested in that form lately. there's a kingdom, and magic,and stuff. there's a semi-hapless hero called Rabbit, who wants to be a soldier but has been saddled with magedom, as the holder of immense power he can't control. and he's the king's cousin and sole heir. see? we already know the drill. presumably it's a series. i won't avoid it: it's innocuous, not bad. and it can get better, if it wants to. i wonder if it does want to, though. maybe it's only going for being restful. but a reader's life comes up short, when art's not long enough. maybe i'll dip into the series again five books down the line.but i'll have forgotten this one by tomorrow afternoon.

  • Lynn Aoude
    2018-12-26 16:26

    Not as good as the first book. I expected a lot of character growth but there's nothing there. Zilch. Nada. Rabbit is like a football being kicked all over the field by everyone around him. He gets bulldozed by everyone and is rarely able to finish a sentence without anyone elbowing him or stepping on his toes to shut him up. Add to that his doinh whatever he's told and letting everyone else run his life. This guy can be replaced by some magiv weapon and the story would be better for it. Also, the interesting side characters of book 1, especially the Dragon Prince, are pushed aside. Even the damn butterfly spies are conspicuously absent.This is it for me I just can't take it anymore.

  • Becca C
    2019-01-11 16:25

    Okay, so Freeman, like many authors before her, seems to have suffered from the sophomore slump. Her second novel—though it does have its good parts—more or less just comes across as filler. Nothing extraordinarily plot-advancing takes place, and it also seems to take a step back from a few of the things that I had loved from the first book (the way Rabbit would sometimes see everyone as their animal-equivalent, for instance, is totally missing). The majority is pretty much skimmable, but there is some character and relationship development worth sticking around for.

  • Jason
    2018-12-27 12:03

    King's Own is a decent sequel to Covenant, with the characters of Rabbit, Laurel, and more continuing to be enjoyable. It's only major issue is that Freeman tends to have a pattern of "lots of conversation and dialogue, followed by ~5 pages of dialogue + action, followed by lots more conversation and dialogue" While interesting, it feels unbalanced when you're talking about major clashes between mystical forces and mutinies.

  • Gökçe
    2019-01-13 12:07

    Lorna Freeman wrote a very interesting and exciting novel. Her world is rich in imagination and characters feel alive. But the best part of The King's Own is it passes in a village. The adventure and dangers are world moving and epic but they occur in a small town. Richness comes from twists in plot and interesting characters. Great book.

  • April
    2019-01-19 18:03

    I read this book right after I read covenants and I am still totally in love with the main character, Rabbit, and his issues. In this book, we get to see Rabbit's strength and just how strong the prejudice against the Borderlands. Once again we have the opportunity to see Rabbit battle against the forces of Evil (I've always wanted to say that).

  • Tim Gray
    2019-01-12 12:16

    The second in the series does not disappoint, busy, interesting, with plenty of strong characters, and plot developments. As a niggle I'd hoped for a positive female character at the centre of the plot, and didn't quite get that. Looking forward to the third book. UK buyers should beware though, only US published so hard to track down (real book, not kindle obviously!).

  • A.J. Culpepper
    2019-01-03 13:14

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy and suspense! The humor is fantastic and the way the narrator/main character draws you in, you feel like you're going along for a real wild ride!

  • Mordie
    2019-01-19 20:22

    Rabbit is over powered magician. He could do many things - if he just knew how to do them. Many would love to control him or get his power, as it will be shown in the book.I liked it. It was a nice follow up to the first book.

  • Diane
    2019-01-18 20:10

    The sequel to Covenants. Same great characters, but I like this one less because it's more of a mystery story and mystery's not my favorite. Still a good read, especially if you are a fantasy AND mystery person.

  • Peg
    2019-01-12 15:05

    Second in one of my favorite series ... and I read a lot so that is saying something! An excellent first person point of view on the face(s) of evil, and how easy it is to ignore what we do not want to admit, even to ourselves.

  • Teot
    2019-01-14 17:03

    Still great, but 4 stars because I thought the King was a bit OC.

  • Rosalind M
    2019-01-21 16:16

    Please, please, PLEASE keep this series going!

  • Pancha
    2019-01-04 15:06

    I find the plotting of these books exasperating, so I'm stopping here.

  • Katilian
    2019-01-17 19:30

    Great sequel to Covenants. Rabbit is involved in more intrigue, more magic, and more snarking.

  • Rob
    2019-01-01 18:06

    Well, this one is a little slower than the first, but it was acceptable enough for me to stick with it.[ re-reading as of 05/30/2011 ]

  • Bookwormgirl
    2019-01-19 20:29

    I did not like this as well as I did her first book, but I found this one to be funny, sad and a real book of growth for the main character Rabbit.

  • Tyler
    2019-01-07 16:09

    Not as good as first one. Found it hard to get in to and difficult to finish