The King’s Nightingale
by Sherryl Jordan
I chose this book because I’ve always been fascinated by ancient cultures, and although this story’s setting is fictionalised, it is based on historical locations and events.
The author paints a rich tapestry by using all the senses, which seamlessly transitions the reader into this exotic world.
The underlying theme revolves around slavery and its brutal injustices but it also addresses when the lines become blurred with personal choices. Love and sacrifice, betrayal and trust, loyalty, and family devotion flow through the pages.
Elowen is an endearing protagonist, who struggles to not only free herself but find and rescue her younger brother. Favoured by the King, she never forgets those less fortunate, and cannot stop herself from intervening when she sees others being treated unfairly, even if it’s detrimental to her own circumstances.
I believe this story will resound with fantasy readers because while this created world doesn’t include magic there is a magical vibe to the story.
Gold Medal Winner The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK
Silver Medal Winner International Readers' Favorite Book Awards
Author: Sherryl Jordan
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