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Masters and Bastards is an amazing historical novel that narrates the life, and the challenges faced by Beowin Andreas Marset in the Colonial Dominion, now referenced as a new America. After the fall of the Arpathian empire, Marset, who was described as an Arpathian young man, was left with no option but to live as an alien in the colonial dominion. Also, as a Legionary in the Iberian army, Marset lives to have no opinion of his own but to obey every command giving by him by his superior, either from the palace or in the army. The novel contains twenty-eight chapters, four hundred and forty-seven pages, and it’s written by Christopher J. Penington.
The Iberian empire as being a place where there is discrimination between the true sons and daughters of the land and bastards. As I read this novel further, I get to know that Emperor Constantine who is the current ruler of the Iberian empire was also described as a bastard. After this knowledge, I was left with curiosity in my heart to know who are now the Masters when the ruler of the empire is also a bastard.
Emperor Constantine has been facing a lot of political rivalry in the palace. His second queen who is telepathic has been doing everything in her capacity to be the next emperor of the land, but Constantine’s wish is to hand over his throne to the seed of his beloved daughter Isabella Caravingian. To achieve this, he made Marset, Isabella’s suitor, which later brought war to the palace between the followers of the second queen and his followers.
I love the fact that Emperor Constantine did not choose a suitor for his daughter based on the current status of Marset, but he could look beyond what others are seeing concerning Marset. Marset proves Constantine right during the war that breaks out between the Iberian empire and the Scythians empire. During this war, Marset displays his leadership skill, which makes him victorious in every battle he fought. This also brought him higher positions in the army. Marset was later saddled with the responsibility of negotiating how to end the war between the two countries.
This novel is so educative and interesting. I learn how to look beyond the present, and also how to overcome life challenges. There is nothing I dislike about this novel. I can not recommend this novel to young readers because it contains a few erotic scenes. I rate Masters and Bastards 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this novel to people who are always eager to learn.
Masters and Bastards
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