4 of 5 stars
This is my first read by Ms. Macnamara and I enjoyed the story immensely. The few snippets of the hero Torch's backstory were intriguing and I was hoping there was more, but I guess as this series develops, the author will reveal more of how he survived his childhood. The romance between Torch and Calista Thorne was believable although in the beginning Torch only claimed her because he thought she was part of his destiny. Calista was a bit of a wild card, stubborn, brave and loving. As an accomplished healer, I was glad to see that she wasn't a timid little mouse.
The magic comes late in the story as just an introduction of what will/can be. I was a little disappointed that more of that wasn't explained although I realize that only so many elements can be included in the first book, but the question remains. Is the magic only for a select few or are there others who can 'see' into the past? A slight criticism would be there wasn't much world building-I know there is a king and other powerful lords, but little else.
This is a good first book in an intriguing fantasy. I hope in the next book, the author will explain more about the world, the people and of course Torch. Fans of fantasy romance will enjoy this story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Destined-King-Brotherhood-Ashlyn-Macnamara-ebook/dp/B0190HQVEW