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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Slave to King: The Beginning is the first novel in The Making of a King series by J.E. Hibpshman. Born to parents who didn’t want him and didn’t want to name him, Ethan never stood a chance against a cruel world. Trained alongside John to become a warrior, Ethan only knew hard work and training to become a killing machine. His options were to kill or be killed, so he knew what he had to do. His hard life with the Brothers became even harder when his father’s people came back to claim him. He was not ready to give up his freedom once again, especially when he had just achieved it. But as in most of his life, he had no choice. He was supposed to be a leader to the Forest People, but how could he when he didn’t even know their way of life?
Smartly written to keep the reader hooked, Slave to King: The Beginning was powerful enough to keep me reading on. The way the story opens, how the action was introduced, and how the author kept the tone of the story alive until the end was riveting. Ethan’s journey was emotional and harrowing at the same time. I could not help but feel bad for him when his parents didn’t name him, but sold him, and then Ethan had to survive the rough treatment of the Brothers. However, I enjoyed that his past paved the way for his future and how he was prepared to become a leader without even knowing anything. Some parts were a little hard for me to read, but that added to the reading experience. J.E. Hibpshman kept the story raw and real with his descriptions and imagery. There was a lot of foreshadowing, and it kept me on my toes. I cannot wait to see what happens next with Ethan, Abigale, and John!