Title: Asta and the Barbarians
By: Becca Fox
Asta heard about King Torvald’s crusade and watched her people fortify the town’s defenses, but she never imagined foreign invaders would come to her peaceful shores. In one fateful night, she loses everything she holds dear and somehow gains the favor of the warrior god. Has he given her the tools she needs for revenge or does he have a greater plan in store?
“Why did you help me?” I asked. “I have nothing to give in return. You must have known that.”
Bryn smiled softly. “A very wise woman once said, ‘A world without kindness is a dark and hopeless place.’ And that isn’t the kind of world I wish to live in.”
My eyes stung with the coming of new tears.
Viggo rolled his eyes and turned to leave. “I’ll see you at dinner, Bryn.”
“Until then,” Bryn said over his shoulder. His glowing eyes fell on my face again. “What’s your name?”
“I would like to hear your story, if you are willing and able to tell it, Asta.”
I rubbed my face against the blanket. “You won’t like it.”
“We are rarely fond of the truth,” Bryn said with a shrug. “Tell me anyway.”
Review: I am going to give this novel 5 stars. We are drawn into a richly developed world where oppression reigns and people with special powers trained to carry out orders of the General Who is going behind his King’s back and reporting false reports of his diplomats. The king and the whole country believes the much-needed resources that are coming to the Island are being delivered via negotiation. Instead the General is stealing these goods.
We meet one of my favorite characters, Asta, whom has seen her family and village destroyed in front of her eyes. She can’t quite figure why the General saved her life but she’s not grateful.
Then when they dock on the main Island, she is taken directly to an Academy who trains those that are God’s Anointed (people who have glowing copper eyes and heightened senses). Life isn’t easy for her there. She is the only woman that has ever received the God’s gift and receive no support from her comrades.
Then Bryn walks into her life, finding her crying and suicidal. And wherever Bryn is Vico is sure to follow. He tasks Vico to look after Asta while still in the Academy, while he escapes.
These three people developed into an extremely tight family. They are there for thick and thin, and are horrified to find out what the General has done to Asta to wish to kill him.
She is also surprised to find out how much she likes the King, then figured out that he did not have a clue about the horrors happening in the continent. What When she informs the King what is happening, he sets plan into motion that will hopefully save the relationship.
The main plot of the book is that council men around the king are being killed, and there have been several assassinations attempts on the King, all foiled thanks to his bodyguard, who is Asta. Veco, Bryn and she must carefully dig through the private life of the Highborn.
A great read for those summer nights to get away from the world an d jump into a whole new one.
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Author Bio and Links:
Becca Fox was that strange girl in high school, who always seemed to have her nose in a book. She didn’t talk much because, more often than not, she was daydreaming about different fantasy worlds. During class, under the guise of taking notes, she wrote scenes for her works in progress.
Becca is a bit more social now but still enjoys reading, writing, and daydreaming. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, a fat orange tabby cat, and a forever-puppy. She has published three books to date, I Dare You to Love Me (a young adult romance), In the Dark (a new adult paranormal romance), and Asta and the Barbarians (a new adult fantasy.)
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