Shield of the King

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
296 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2024
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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite

In Shield of the King by MB Mooney, from a very young age, Elowen was trained as a warrior by her father, the former Shield of the King and a general. However, there is one problem. Women had always been kept away from power positions within the kingdom. When Elowen’s father is called back out of retirement and into the king’s service, Elowen insists she go along and fight beside her father. With her mother dead, he is the only person in her life, and she refuses to be left alone. Elowen is trained as a warrior and believes she can help her father in whatever quest the king has for him. The pair soon learns of the assassination attempts on the king’s life, and this is why Natanel has been called out of retirement. Her father believes Elowen can gain information from the other competitors in the Kalia, a combative event to find the best warrior in the kingdom. Elowen battles during the day and travels secretly with her father into the northern part of the realm to visit his old spy network. As the rebellion is exposed and Elowen uncovers long-buried secrets, her world and life are threatened. She discovers she must fight for her beliefs and find a way to exist in a corrupt kingdom. How will she live once all the lies are revealed?

MB Mooney’s character development is exceptional. The reader will be able to clearly visualize each character introduced. The characters are deep, well-constructed, and brilliantly developed. Every new scene that unfolds allows the reader to enjoy and picture everything the characters are seeing, hearing, and feeling. At times, in some books, plots can get muddy, but this is not the case with Shield of the King. Mooney’s plot is well-developed, laid out, and planned. There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this book. I applaud the author who has thoroughly entertained me, taken me on a journey into the Elven kingdom, and enveloped me in a storyline I completely enjoyed. This book will definitely appeal to young adults, fantasy lovers, and general readers. Well done! I look forward to reading more from this author.