King's Property (Queen of the Orcs #1)
by Morgan Howell
What is it about:
Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to a dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and battle prowess.
Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates–amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss–Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.
What did I think of it:
*contains spoiler about love interest*
This is a decent read.
I liked the world building, the orcs and the overall story. The writing is a bit static in my opinion, making it difficult to feel the emotions of the characters.
Dar is of course a bit of a Wonder Woman. She's smart, resourceful and everything, thus escaping the most brutish things the soldiers do to the women Dar works with. But she's destined for greater things, so let's overlook how impossible some things are.
I loved reading about the orcs and how Dar slowly learned more about them. I hoped for an inter-species romance, but that was apparently a bridge too far. Instead a nice, safe human is introduced to help Dar over her distrust of human men. But he has a Scottish accent so we all must love him, right? Yeah... I wasn't happy about the love interest.
All in all this is a nice enough read, but not engaging enough to make me eager for the next book.
Why should you read it:
It's a decent Fantasy read.