Title: Besieged (GoodReads)
Publication Date: 26 June 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
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Place(s) Traveled to: Chalcedonia – Port Mirror-on-the-Sea // Restoration Retreat // Celestial City // Lighthouse Island (Year 290-319)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: “They always scream.”
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The Outcast Chronicles Series Order
Book 1: Besieged
Book 2: Exile
Book 3: Sanctuary
Besieged by Rowena Cory Daniells is one of those books that I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about prior to reading it. I picked it up on a whim as I had a gift card and it came up in a search I did for fantasy books. It seems like ages since I read a good epic fantasy and so I was hoping that this one would fit the bill. In some cases it did just that and in others not so much. There were just so many actions from certain characters that just seemed so counter-intuitive to their purpose.
As with most epic fantasies the POV of this book shifts between several key characters and for the most part this was well done. Although there were additions to the POV added in the final chapters that I found distracting. One voice I think should have been there from the start and another I just didn’t see why it was used at all. I also found it odd that the main characters were mostly separated from each other. I am used to distance in the beginning of epic novels but usually along the way the main characters come together at some point. This wasn’t the case here and in many ways this book was almost two separate books in one because of it.
The main story ARCs were just so separate and a bit disjointed that there were a few times during the course of this book that I thought about giving up and calling it a DNF. But then something would happen and I’d grow interested in a particular storyline or character and it kept me reading until the end. Besieged isn’t a bad book but there was just something about it that just left me wanting more. Maybe that more I seek can be found in the second book of this story, I don’t know, time will tell on that one. Overall, though it did hold my attention and there was lots of edge of seat action towards the end that had me rushing through pages to see what would happen next. So, I’m glad that I made it through the beginning to get to those moments.
I think some of my issue with Besieged was that it took so long to get to really interesting bits. I know its an epic fantasy and that this is typical of a first book in a series but still I would have liked things to move along faster. The events in this story take place over the course of 30 years or so and I just wish the author had taken some short cuts when talking about the childhoods of some of the characters. Although, the flip side of this is that I would probably be complaining if the author did take short cuts. Sometimes this reader is just never satisfied. lol
Besieged is a book that I think will appeal to all those fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. There is lots of similarities with family dynasties and political intrigues and just a hint of magic to make things interesting. I will eventually get to book 2 in this series, Exile, as I do want to know what happens to my favorite characters and if those I dislike get their just desserts but it will probably be a bit before I do. There is just a serious time commitment needed when it comes to epic reads and there are so many other books that I need to read. One day someone will event cloning and I can read more books faster.