Apr 08, 2020
The Sons of Thestian
Posted by M.E. Vaughan

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 dangerThe 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.

  • Title: The Sons of Thestian
  • Author: M.E. Vaughan
  • ISBN: 9780995614901
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sons of Thestian 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 Jiona

    Ben Alderson

    THIS BOOK IS IN THE TOP THREE BOOKS I HAVE READ ALL YEARThe Sons of Thestian has blown me away completely! This epic fantasy book is completely stunning and one of my favourites to date!


    Sometimes when you experience something wonderful, everything else loses its shine.Actual rating: 2.5Get ready for a rant, folks, because I am so done with this book.First of all, that extra 0.5 rating is because of the ending, which was probably the best part of the book. The 2 stars is because it was far from being a bad book (I mean, scroll down the first few reviews of it, they're mostly 5 stars so it must be doing something right).There were various things that annoyed me about this book. T [...]

    J.A. Ironside

    CURRENTLY FREE ON KINDLE TO CELEBRATE ITS ANNIVERSARY!IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR EPIC FANTASY WITH HUMOUR AND UNUSUAL CHARACTERS AND DIVERSITY, THEN THIS SERIES IS FOR YOU. AMENDED to show review of Second Edition4.5 starsThis is epic fantasy with a difference. Somehow the author has managed to get the feel of George R R Martin or Tolkien or Terry Goodkind, but the plot and sub-plots feed each other rather than being episodes set as way stations on the way to an inevitable destination. At 500 odd pag [...]

    M.E. Vaughan

    I am obviously biased, but my rating is based on two things - 1) My personal enjoyment of the story, which was obviously tremendous because I wrote, and then rewrote, and then rewrote it several times, and you can only do that when you're dedicated to the work. The characters have become old friends, and more than anything, the prospect of sharing them with others is delightful. 2) I'm writing this review on behalf of my mother, who died a few months before it was published. I owe the entire boo [...]


    Addition for the second edition: I knew what was coming, I've read this book more then once. And still, I get swept up in this world, I laugh at the same parts, I cry at the same parts, me emotions are assaulted and I welcome it every single time I read this book. Original review:In the short version? This book is AMAZING and i cant wait to see what happens next! There is magic and battles and family and friends and you never get a break for long from some new horrible thing our heros need to ov [...]

    Katrina (trinareadsbooks)

    4.5 starsBefore I get started, I want to thank M.E. Vaughan who gave me this e-book in exchange for an honest review. So, thank you. It was a pleasure, truly. *rubs hands together* Now, let’s get started. I was approached by Vaughan during an epic reading slump and to be honest, I was a little nervous that a high fantasy novel would make it worse or that I would feel bogged down by learning a new world. However, this book was thrilling and witty and full of twists. If school hadn’t taken up [...]

    Amanda Smith

    In the same way that a musician absorbs and reconfigures the influences of other players and bands, The Sons of Thestian synthesizes a wide array of influences from Medieval Arthurian legend and Celtic folklore to more recent classics of the fantasy genre such as The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter series. As the first novel in Vaughan’s Harmatia Cycle, this novel begins a saga that has the same degree of scope and resonance as so many that have come before it, but V [...]


    3.5**although I loved this book a lot, there were a few minor things that leave it with a lower rating in my mind. But, since I loved the story so much, I gave it 4 stars officially anyways. SIGNAL BOOST! I'm quite emotional right now so let's see if I can write a coherent enough review that will intrigue and hopefully encourage you guys to pick this book up.First, I want to acknowledge the lower rating. This is not due to lack of plot or character development, but merely due to the pacing and t [...]


    Even though I've read thousands (and I am NOT exaggerating) books, I can sincerly say that The Sons of Thestian is definitely my favourite. It is hard to pinpoint one exact characteritic that makes it so exceptional. The thing is that the beautiful world, complex characters and swift action, all together create a special atmosphere of the book, and reading feels like listening to an entrancing story next to a fire on a warm summer night. The characters have their own, very special personalities, [...]


    I have not been drawn into a book as deeply as I was with The Sons of Thestian for a rather long time, I have also not been as emotionally attached to characters and felt so happy or sad for/with them as I have been while reading it. Why did you make them all so likeable!? :)I can promise that this book will leave you laughing (for there are many occasions where you cannot help but laugh, in my case uncontrollably and for longer than could be seen as normal), crying (for I will not lie I did, mo [...]

    Nigel Barr

    I loved this book. I am a fan of fantasy, fairies and magic, so this book fit perfectly. I also love to read books by relatively unknown authors as there are some amazing gems out there. I was entranced by each of the characters, all their good and bad, they developed at a decent pace but just enough to let you know who they were with-out belabouring the point. I also love the ambiguity and fluid nature of the characters sexuality, this is written well and feels natural. I have started the secon [...]

    Matthew Willis

    The Sons of Thestian is a superbly original fantasy adventure. I was immediately drawn in to the lives of the main characters and the world they inhabit. Rufus and Jionathan were engaging and pleasingly different leads, while the fearsome Fae is far more than your average 'warrior maiden'. Furthermore, from the outset the pace rattles along and I found the book genuinely hard to put down. The stakes get ever higher and it isn't long before the members of the little band are forced to make unenvi [...]


    This book has DESTROYED me. I love the characters. I love the plot. The world building was phenomenal. I literally shed tears at the end. I just loved so many thing about this book!!!!! The ending made me feel SO MANY THINGS. Also, I empathized with nearly all the characters, even the ones I really disliked. There were some typos and a few errors here and there but were easily looked past in my opinion. The one thing I was kind of disappointed about was the lack of explicit representation, when [...]

    Simon Gaule

    Okere are a lot of reviews for this book and I only saw one two star one against. so being a contrary sort I read that :)I have read Sons of Thestian and I agree with the positive quotes here, however I understood the two star rating points but not the rating itself.So my two pennies worth?I have read a LOT of Fantasy and I don't have a degree so I guess this should be taken for what it is, the meanderings of a forty something man who enjoyed a book and was even more impressed by the back story. [...]

    John Vance

    Simply an excellent fantasy novel. A book of compelling incidents and fascinating characters. M.E. Vaughan's prose is not only appropriate and effective but it's also musical, with harmonious blends of the pleasing, the riveting, the poignant and even the horrific. Being a little over five hundred pages, this book requires more of a commitment from the reader, but it's more than well worth the time devoted to it. I'm very much looking forward to more work from this very talented author. Highly r [...]

    Gareth Evans

    A book that reminds us the dangers of forgetting to live in the present. Sons of Thestian is an engaging book with sympathetic characters that challenge our preconceptions of them as we read.

    Emma Rose

    There are two things which I commend this book highly for.First, its ability to utilise multiple points of view (I.E. More than the principal two characters) in a way that is not only easy for the reader to follow, but one which is used to great effect. Each character feels and sees the world differently – from the cynical Rufus Merle, to the jaded eyes of Arlen Zachary, to the brave and reckless loyalty of Fae.Instead of falling into the trap of having too many points of view and not enough c [...]


    First of all, I want to thank M.E. Vaughan for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. So without further ado, let's see if I can gather my thoughts well enough to form a coherent review:Before reading The Sons of Thestian, I was going through a major reading slump. However, this book took me right out of it and I eventually found it nearly impossible to put down. If I wasn't being forced to be a human and study for midterms, I probably would have been able [...]


    I have had the privilege of hearing the first chapter read by the author, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It has been on my to-read list since forever and I totally regret not reading it sooner. The book is wonderfully fantasy, and throws away the norm of dragons, elves and dwarves and focuses on legendary creatures you may have not heard of. (I certainly hadn’t.) It was a breath of fresh air to read something new and exciting with the creatures, not knowing what they were capable of. Give [...]


    5 starsThis book left me breathless. It was a long book and at times I worried that there would be long lulls where my attention would wane but it didn't. The book leapt from one great action scene to the next startling revelation. I loved how the story came together in full circle especially given the ambiguous beginning. The characters were complex and the bad had their own reasons for their actions. I had my own suspicions regarding the ending seeing as I went to read the summary of the secon [...]


    FOR MORE HONEST REVIEWS, CHECK OUT: cabookle.tumblrI received a galley of this book from author M.E. Vaughan in exchange for my honest review. The following was my HONEST opinion as I was in no way obligated to give a positive review. Thank you, mevaughan Summary: Prince Jionathan is plagued by nightmares that cause him to want to run away from his home in Harmatia at the absolute worst time. His father, the King, is on his deathbed while his tyrannical wife, Queen Reine, has taken over and impl [...]


    Gahh I s2g Jionat is the death of me, he took my heart and then smashed it :/ Wonderfully written, all the characters have been elaborated on and they grow over the course of the book. I feel like this book perfectly gets across the motion of 'there are no bad men, only bad deeds'. Zachary as well has become a favourite, even if he seems very cold and evil at first.Edit: I also forgot to mention how much I, as a bi person, love how Rufus' affections to people of different genders is treated. It' [...]


    Really enjoyed both of books of the series so far. And after reading the author's response to a question, I am even more impressed. Keep fighting, working and writing! Am excited to spend more time in your world but happy to wait until the time is right.It is actually one of those stories where I don't want to say anything about the book since I found it a treat to discover each little bit about the characters, to take another step in each adventure and to shed a tear and laugh with each bit of [...]

    Sarah Bayliss

    It took me a while to get into it, but the characters were well rounded and likeable, I liked the tipbits of information dotted throughout, lots of strong female characters was welcome, LOVED the consent, really got some jollies from these character. Glad I took my time reading it as I don't have to wait for the next installment!


    The ending is as heartbreaking the second time around as it was when I first read it. Tears have been shed (by me and Rufus both, look at us bonding), and revenge will be had (by Rufus, mostly).

    Athena Noctua

    3.5 stars

    Stephanie Smith

    This was such a surprise! For a small publisher this is one hell of a book, had from the first page to the last. Devoured it in one sitting, and am rushing to get the sequel!


    “Runs out like a half-wit hero,” he ranted. “Throws himself onto the blade of danger, and then sets an army on himself! Oh yes, that’s Jionat. Prince of impulse, brain the size a walnut.”By far my favorite thing about The Sons of Thestian is the bond between Rufus and Jionathan, a Magi apprentice and the crown prince of Harmatia. It is through them that we view the events of the book, with an occasional glimpse from Zachary's—Rufus's brother apprentice and a member of the feared Nigh [...]

    Bethany (thelittlebookblog)

    4.5 starsThis book was very exciting for me as it symbolises the first time I have been approached by an author, so that alone was very exciting, then I heard what the story was about and I SO wanted to read it. So I did.There is so much good stuff to talk about in this book, from the characters to the storyline. I LOOOVEEEE Rufus, he’s my baby and no-one else can have him. Okay well I might relent, but I really do love him, he’s so well written and he’s magical what’s not to love. I als [...]


    I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book took me a while to finish, but this was at no fault of the author. Because of this, I had to restart it a couple of times. The final time, I was able to properly dedicate myself to this novel and boy, am I glad that I did. This book sticks to true high fantasy trend, developing a large cast of characters and using a multiple pov system. What I enjoyed was how the author managed to develop and introduce these characters [...]

    • ↠ The Sons of Thestian || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ M.E. Vaughan
      190 M.E. Vaughan
    • thumbnail Title: ↠ The Sons of Thestian || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ M.E. Vaughan
      Posted by:M.E. Vaughan
      Published :2020-01-03T09:41:26+00:00