*I received a free ARC of this ebook, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: An impossible journey. A spoiled rich kid. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Hale Firena has everything–looks, money, power, more girls than he knows what to do with. But in one night everything changes, as a bloody coup turns Hale into a penniless refugee on the run for his life.
Hale’s not cut out for real life–the thought of holding down a real job is almost more horrible than the pirates and bandits chasing him. Is Hale’s swagger enough to see him to safety, or has his luck truly run out?
Read the story of Hale Firena before he joined the Confectioner’s Guild in this Confectioner Chronicles prequel novella.
Not having read any of the Confectioner Chronicles books other than this, the prequel novella, I can confirm that whilst the plot of The Confectioner’s Exile stands alone, the characters would definitely benefit from reading the main storyline first.
The story tells the background of Hale, as he escapes from a royal coup and goes from a playboy lifestyle to a life on the run. He begins as somewhat of an unlikable character, but grows and develops through the course of his adventure and various hardships, until by the midway point you are definitely rooting for his success (or at least survival).
There is a theme of luck, good and bad, running through the novella which intrigued me, especially once I read the bonus first chapters of The Confectioners Guild and saw the part it would play in the wider series.
Anyone expecting much confectionery in this instalment will have to tide themselves over with just a few wrapped toffees, as the Guild only makes an appearance at the conclusion of the story. For the most part, the story is a traditional style fantasy adventure, introducing the setting and one (or more?) of the characters; as Hale moves from noble layabout to adventurer, to his future career and the first book in the main series.
I will definitely be picking up Book 1 after this tasty appetiser and would recommend the same course to anyone who fancies a yummy new fantasy adventure!
Hale’s thoughts spun like a top, mostly curse words making their way to the surface. Bad, bad, this is bad. He found himself backing away as the soldier advanced into the room. The man was big. As tall as Hale, but even broader of shoulder. His face was weathered, with a slice of a scar on his chin. His green eyes shone with uncomfortable intensity. But it was the sword that drew Hale’s eye–sharp and wicked–gleaming like the last light of the sun before it slipped under the horizon. That sword wanted to kill him.
– Claire Luana, The Confectioner’s Exile
The Confectioner’s Exile releases on Amazon today! (23rd October)