For King and Country: The Saga of Thistles and Roses (The Warrior Queen Book 1) by Karen Grey
Source: Sent to me by author via Audible
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Myths & Legends, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic
Narrator: Kat Harrison
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes
Publication Date: 1st August 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Mòrag’s world is one of proud magical creatures and fierce armies bristling with steel and sorcery.
Welcome to twenty-seventh century post-apocalyptic Scotland. A land changed by nuclear war, where the only technology in the land is medically orientated — as decreed by the new leaders in the emergence, during the immediate aftermath of near-global destruction of the human race — all in order to kill just one ruler. Now, more than six-hundred years later, immortal beasts once again roam wild in the countryside; mighty princes battle for power and the common folk do their best to avoid being trampled in their wake.
Born of a forbidden coupling between the Albannach and Sasannach royal houses; Mòrag is destined to rule. But her birth right has been kept secret – even from her, and discovery of her royal blood could cost her life.
Mòrag is no ordinary girl. Her royal blood’s hidden talents begin to reveal themselves during her military training at Sruighlea Castle, and she is suddenly in a lot more trouble than she ever dreamed of.
Mòrag is about to enter a brutal world of conflict and turmoil which will challenge everything she knows and believes in.”
My Thoughts & Review
Firstly, I would like to thank Karen for getting in touch and asking if I would like to review the audiobook for this book. After the reading the synopsis of the book I couldn’t say no.
Now let’s get into my thoughts of this book.
I found that it took me a time to get used to the book at the beginning, especially I found that a lot happens. I did have to rewind and re-listen to parts just to make sure I hadn’t missed stuff and to make sure I had understood it correctly. This therefore slowed me down in enjoying the book. But once I got part this section I couldn’t stop listening to the rest and finished the book really quickly.
Throughout the whole book I kept thinking it was set in the medieval times and not in the post-apocalyptic time world in the twenty seventh century, and it was only when the references to modern life were mentioned I remembered which time it was set in.
The characters were so interesting I liked the idea of human’s being able to communicate with animals and both protecting each other. I thought the main character Mòrag was such a cool character. She was witty and kind. I think she is my favourite of them all.
There is a section about the last quarter of the book were a romance unfolds. Sadly, I wasn’t fond of this part. I found it to be a bit predictable.
The narrator Kat Harrison has done a wonderful job in narrating this book. It did take me a while to get used to her accent and did have to slow down my listening speed from x2 to 1.75 but that’s only because I’m terrible with accents. Karen has definitely chosen the best person for the job.
All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable read, and I look forward to checking out the rest of the books in the series. I highly recommend.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.
Happy Reading Everyone!!!