Book Review: The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns #0.7) by Rae Carson

At fifteen years old, Hector is the youngest squire in the most elite military force in the country. And his first day is disastrous. Everyone assumes the only reason he was recruited is his close personal association with King Alejandro, not because he's really earned it.

But Alejandro needs Hector for a secret mission, one that gives him the chance to prove to everyone—including himself—that he is worthy to be a Royal Guard. Hector must break into the ancient Fortress of Wind to retrieve something so important that the kingdom's future depends on it. What Hector finds in the fortress will stretch his bond of friendship with his king near to breaking. And it will prepare him to become the fearsome warrior and lord commander Elisa will never let go.

A riveting prequel to Rae Carson's epic and acclaimed Fire and Thorns series.

Release Date: July 30, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased

I can sum up my reasons for buying and reading The King's Guard in one word: Hector.  I love Hector in the Fire and Thorns series and jumped at the chance to read about his history.

I really enjoyed The King's Guard.  It had the same magical feel as the other books in the series: completely captivating in its imagery, fast-paced, and with a well-developed plot.  My one complaint is that I wish the story were longer, but it was a good size for a novella.

I thought the plot with Isadora was so unique and well-executed.  I really felt for her, and also for Rosaura.  I loved seeing Hector as a young man, and knowing more about his history.  Hector grows up a lot in this short story, and that was nice to read about.

I really have no complaints at all about The King's Guard.  It was just as good as the full-length novels in the series and I can't wait to read more from Rae Carson!

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