The Errant King (The Dark Sea Annals Series #2)Wayne Thomas Batson
Teen Fiction Peaceful years mask the wicked forces stirring in Myriad. Cythraul Scarhaven resurfaces, and Alastair must protect his family from the threat that never seems to die. In the distant Hinterlands, an ancient menace claws toward the surface. Unaware of the lurking... Read More
Peaceful years mask the wicked forces stirring in Myriad. Cythraul Scarhaven resurfaces, and Alastair must protect his family from the threat that never seems to die. In the distant Hinterlands, an ancient menace claws toward the surface. Unaware of the lurking dangers, young King Lochlan abandons the throne in Anglinore once too often. One disastrous choice. One mighty hope. A collision that will change the fate of the world in The Errant King.
Page Count: 400
Dimensions: 9.0" (L) x 6.0" (W) x 1.0" (D)
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 1, 2011
- UPC: 9780899578781
- Height: 1.3
- Width: 6
- Length: 8.9
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 507
- Publish Date: Nov 11, 2011
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 15
- Audience Age Minimum: 11
- BISAC: "FIC042080"
- ISBN: 0899578780
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- The Errant King - 4 Stars by RAMH on 5/9/2012
Storyline - King Lochland is overwhelmed by the work of the kingdom of Myriad. So he goes out and lives among his people, taking up new trades to blend with the town's folk. But old and new enemies are rising up and causing destruction and heart ache wherever they go. Hinterlanders, who live on the other side of the mountains, have an old queen, known as the Red Queen, returns, worse now than she was before. Now part dragon, she rains fire on whoever rebels against her. Alistair and Telwyn go off looking for Cetheral when Abbageal's dreams are haunted by him. But a worst evil is coming from the Dark Sea. Can this evil be turned away? Will the Halfainin be found and be called forth?
Personal Opinion - Good but perhaps too many characters to follow. Don't get me wrong, the characters were great and diverse, and I enjoyed them very much. But, because of so many character, it seemed a little long. Besides that, the story lines were intriguing and new beings were introduced as well as characters I hope to see more of. The Hinterland people were so interesting and fun (they reminded me a bit of Hobbits). I am curious as to how some inhabitants of the land have fared after the terrible battles. The story was good and is leading up to more, dangerous adventures for the next books in the series. So many questions need to answered with the ending of this book.
- Chess, anyone? by Winter's Read on 5/5/2012
I was quite impressed with The Errant King, Batson's newest work. Knowing that many reviewers said there were too many characters, I disagree. There were certainly many "extras," if you may, but the amount of important characters was not overwhelming. This was aided by the fact that most came from separate settings and situations, which each showed us new pieces of Myriad. For this reason, among others, this book has become very important to the series. We don't encounter the same old problems, character flaws, and reasoning as we would have, had the story dawdled in Anglinore (the capital). The land of Myriad has matured in the series, as have the characters themselves. I found Loch's excursions and remarks comical and enjoyable, Shepherd Sebastian's advice compelling, and Fred's jovial manner refreshing.
When it comes to the story itself, The Errant King is a big set-up. Many pieces come in place, but the final result is still a mystery. The tragic ending served its purpose, and hinted at what a massive chess-game this series will become. Batson has become good at chess, it appears. I await his next move eagerly.
- A great book! Definitely worth a read by Silverlake on 1/27/2012
The Errant King continues the epic story of The Dark Sea Annals right where Sword in the Stars left off. It begins with the chapter that you knew was going to happen after the end of Sword in the Stars but was not recorded in the first book. After that, it jumps ahead twenty years to a time when King Lochland is sitting on the thrown of Anglinore and Telwyn is grown up.
This book will take you once again on a journey through the amazing wonders in the world of Myriad. Mr. Batson did a great job worldbuilding. I enjoyed all of Loch's adventures to the various places in his kingdom. The places and people that he saw and met were very realistic. It almost made me feel like I was traveling the world with him.
I really liked the concept of the Purelines. And Cythraul being one of them made him an even better villain. Very cool.
One of the things that I would have liked to find in this book but didn't was a map. There wasn't a map in Sword in the Stars so I was eager to find one in the Errant King. I was a bit disappointed when I didn't. Though, according to Mr. Batson, there will be one in future books.
Overall, The Errant king was a great book. The only things I didn't like about it was the absence of a map (which wasn't a big thing and did not affect how much I enjoyed the story at all) and all of the typos and other errors. But if a few misspelled words and names don't bother you, I would strongly recommend this book. I have already lent it to three of my friends and they all enjoyed it.
I look forward to the rest of the books in the Dark Sea Annals with great anticipation. So far, this has been an epic series and I can't wait for book three!