The Rise of Aredor, by Claire M. Banschbach
The story is compelling as it follows the life of Prince Corin, the second son of the King of Aredor. At twelve years old, Corin's life goes from the common routine of his education to a life of hardship and pain when he's kidnapped and brought to a far country as a slave. As the years go by, and Corin has no hope of ever making it home again, his memories of life at the castle, and his family fade. After eight years as a slave to the cruel lord Balkor, he's given the opportunity to take on a new life. No longer a slave, but still unable to go home, Corin settles into his life. Trying to push the pain from his past aside, Corin makes friends, and is trained to become a special guard for a wealthy lord. While battling wars, sickness, and his own past, Corin becomes a confident soldier who is fiercely loyal to his friends and the man who saved his life.
Then one day, word comes that his home country had been taken over by the very lord Balkor that he had served under for eight years. If he stays in his new life, he knows he will regret not having done something, but what is there to return to? Can he ever be victorious in bringing his country back to freedom? And what of his family? His parents, and brother and sister haven't been seen since the invasion. Are they still alive? Will he find his family or will he lose the one position he has been given? Can he handle having friends on both sides of the war?
Living in the forest as an outlaw isn't exactly the way that most prince's live, but it's better than being a slave, and when his past returns, he knows that there is hope. Hope for his family, and hope for his beloved country Aredor.
Loyalty, friendship, intense action, and adventure are woven into the pages to make one compelling book! The beginning was a little hard to get into, but once I got started, the characters made you like them. I look forward to seeing more of her books as she continues to improve as a writer.
As far as content, there is not a lot of spiritual content, some violence, (battle scenes etc.) and clean language.
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