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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Hearthender is the first novel in the Warhound Series by Catrina Prager. With King Helling too old to govern, it was up to Prince Adelras and Prince Mei to look after the Amagiraeans. The land and its people appeared prosperous, but something dangerous lurked in its heart. The Oracle foreshadowed a war, and Adelras was ready to do everything in his power to protect his people. Mei was willing to support her brother and get to the bottom of why everything was changing. However, it was poor Abiny who suffered the most. As the rest of the kingdom feared her to be a witch, Abiny was nothing but a poor woman lost in the dangers of her mind. Someone wanted to tell her something, but they only spoke to Abiny in her dreams. What did they want from Abiny? Was Adelras strong enough to lead his people? Was Mei fierce enough to get to the bottom of it all?
First of all, the world-building in Hearthender was off the charts. It was complex in the best way possible. I was lost in the Amagiraeans' culture, values, and dynamics. I loved how painstakingly detailed it was and instantly became a fan of Catrina Prager. The narrative was smooth, which is a huge compliment, considering there are multiple POVs. Each chapter revealed something new and made me excited to discover more. The tension was high, and I was invested. I liked Mei but loved the spark Abiny brought to the story. Adelras, on the other hand, was calculating the risks and considering the facts. There was a plethora of characters, each of whom shared something new with readers. Instead of overwhelming readers, they make the story more entertaining. The epilogue with the Overseer was remarkable. It excited me for the next book, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.