“The King’s Guard (Fire and Thorns #0.7)” by Rae Carson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I thought Hector was awesome before but this novella solidifies his status as amazing. While I would have loved to see more of Hector’s background, this book gives us just enough to see Hector grow. He goes from being a squire to (almost) man we met in Girl of Fire and Thorns. That’s a lot of development for ~100 pages! Once again, this novella shows the struggles of characters we’ve grown to love. You don’t need to read the novellas but they are well worth the read.
The bottom line? Quite enjoyable.