The Sons of Thestian by M.E. Vaughan (The Harmatia Cycle Book One)


Original Title: The Sons of Thestian

Year Published: 2016

Published by: Mag Mell Publishing

Number of Pages: 550

First Sentence: Run, damn you, run!”

Goodreads Rating: 5/5


The Prince Jionathan is plagued by visions of death. With the King on his death-bed, and the tyrannical Queen in power, the Kingdom of Harmatia lies in peril.
Fleeing the city in fear of his life, Jionathan is shadowed by Rufus Merle, a young, secretive Magi tasked with bringing him home.
Now, with the help of a fearsome Sidhe warrior named Fae, they must traverse a dangerous faerie-wood together.
Against bandits, faeries and cursed priestesses, these unlikely friends travel a path fraught with danger, not least from the blood-thirsty Night Patrol and the dark conspiracy that shrouds them.

My thoughts:

I absolutely adored this book! It was filled with adventure, great characters and was really well written. You will laugh, gasp in terror and possibly shed a tear or two during the reading of this. Absolutely brilliant. It uses celtic mythology in a great and seemingly original way. We see many authors using Greek and Roman mythology so it was nice to see Celtic mythology for once.

Jionathan, or Jionat, is one of our three main characters. He is also pretty fantastic. He is a young lad struggling to live with the horrible visions he has of the future. And oh yeah, his brother is dead, his father dying, his mum not doing to good with her second pregnancy and a step-mom who is a total b***h. Phew. He still manages to be witty and sarcastic, with a kind of upbeat way of looking at the world around him. Yeah, out of the three he might seem like the “dull” one, but I think there is a very good reason for that. He is a boy with a difficult past, being hounded by terrible visions of the future and a home situation that is pretty bad. I think anyone would come off as pretty serious and very troubled if that happened to them. This in Jionat though, makes him seem slightly dull in comparison to the other vibrant characters. However, I still loved him and rooted for him from the get-go.

Rufus was just freaking fantastic. With his wit and sarcasm, he is totally my type of person. His comments literally had me laughing out loud several times during the course of the book. He also turns out to be more complex than he first seems, but none of the revelations of his character that we get feel forced or too much. In fact, they feel really natural and you kind of go, “ah, that makes total sense”, when you come across them.

Fae is the third and final member of our main trio and an absolute boss. I loved that she was totally badass, but still quite feminine. Authors seem to have a hard time balancing these two aspects of women, but Vaughan does it perfectly with Fae. I really enjoyed the tantalising dips into her background and hope that we get to know more about Fae in the second book, as she is a very interesting and enjoyable character.

To avoid writing a full essay on this book, I will just swiftly say that there are so many great characters in this book. Even the villains are compelling and interesting, and more complex than they seem at the start. Our main villain, Zachary, had me totally pissed with him for most of the book, until one chapter when I just went: “Oh. Oh no… I see now. And now I kind of like you…”.  A big point in favour of this book are all the amazing female characters. They are just brilliant and I really enjoyed getting to know them all. I kind of want to get a massive blanket and cuddle with all of these characters. Except for the Queen maybe…

The plot then. It is most definitely epic. It was so much fun from start to finish and definitely had me hooked. It is pretty much perfectly paced with excellent twists and turns. It is a clever plot and the ending was heartbreaking yet the perfect conclusion to the story. And no, I will not reveal any of the plot, I will leave you to enjoy the plot for yourselves. Just know that it is brilliant and very well written.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, a thousand times yes!


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