The Engineered Throne
Author: Megan Derr
Title: The Engineered Throne
Series: Unbreakable Soldiers 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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Lord Vellem is desperate to escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach.
Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance: marriage to a prince of their country's oldest enemy to help bring about peace once and for all. The marriage promises Vellem not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges.
But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn't certain he's up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.
Vellem is all set to marry the prince of his country's oldest enemy. The marriage will ensure peace between their two nations and Vellem is also looking forward to getting away from his hellish home life. Then the assassination attempts start and Vellem quickly learns that there's more at stake than just marriage.
The best part of this book is the world building. It feels like it's a historical book--there isn't electricity and conveyance is all via horses--yet it also has a bit of a science vibe with the engineering. It's a very interesting balance that makes this book feel unique no matter how many times I reread it.
I also really enjoyed the characterizations of the main characters. Vellem, for example, is headstrong, but in such a way that I can't help believing in his will. He wants to help--with the peace deal, with his new country, and with solving all the problems that crop up along the way--and I can't help cheering him on as he does it.
Some of the other side-characters are less defined, which is why I couldn't give this story five petals. As I'm writing this, I'm trying to remember some of the other character's names in this book and I keep coming up with characters from Derr's Tale's of the High Court series instead. I've read both stories multiple times, but for some reason this one isn't as memorable.
I really liked reading and rereading The Engineered Throne. The world building and the characterizations of the main characters were excellent. I did have some trouble remembering some of the side-characters, but overall I definitely recommend this book.
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.