Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
A Heart of Woe is the first book in a series by Alexander Kimble. Rion Joyce is near to receiving his inheritance and, as his 18th birthday comes up, he rejoices in the fact that he will be Lord of Solace Hall and of everything that surrounds it. He can do far better than his father, a traitor, and Rion is ready to prove that ... but life has other plans for him. Rion’s sister is kidnapped and he must now face the ultimate test to prove he is fit to rule. Things are not always as straightforward as they seem to be though, and Rion may be about to learn exactly who his family is.
A Heart of Woe by Alexander Kimble is a short but thrilling read. It started off slow but moved faster and flowed well. It is full of adventure and action, angst and woe, as Rion battles to find out who he really is, who his nearest and dearest are, and to solve the kidnapping plot. The plot continues to build through the book until the end where it leaves us hanging, clearly, or perhaps hopefully, for a second book in the series. The characters are well rounded and well developed, written with care, and they fit right into this colorful and lively fantasy tale. This is going to be an enjoyable read for anyone who likes fantasy tales, packed with action and plenty of go, and I really hope that the ending does lead to another book!