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ARC Review – Be Careful What You Joust for by Ryan Hauge and Ivy Smoak

ARC Review – Be Careful What You Joust for by Ryan Hauge and Ivy SmoakBe Careful What You Joust For by Ryan Hauge, Ivy Smoak
on April 17th 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The fiercest knights in the realm are coming together to compete in the Joust for Arwin's Lance, a tournament that will divide even the closest alliances. The winner alone will have the power to start or prevent a war from unfolding across the peaceful lands of Pentavia.

House Hornbolt, a prominent family that desires peace above all else, is hosting the tournament. The Hornbolt’s have always been strict followers of tradition. The first born son wears the armor of a knight. The second takes the priestly Oath of Arwin. And the daughters get married off to the most eligible suitors.

The eldest son is the favorite to win the tournament. But the rest of the Hornbolts aren't as eager to follow the paths laid out for them. What if the second born wants to be a knight too? And what if the eldest daughter just gave her heart to a common thief?

Customs are meant to be broken. But that’s not all that threatens to shatter House Hornbolt, not when a secret deeper than the late king's grave is unearthed right before the joust.

The fate of Pentavia hangs in the balance as war becomes imminent. And the scales are about to tip.

One wrong move and everything could fall to pieces.

House Hornbolt is holding a tournament. The tournament determines who will rule and have the power to keep the peace or start a war. There are many contenders, but there are two Marcus and the Prince that want to see it through to the end. Isolda has a premonition that not all of her sons will make it through. She is on the hunt to find who killed her father and tried to stop them from causing any more trouble. Her daughter tries to choose between two suitors. Why the father has only focused that his son wins the lance and keeps it from his enemies that are determined to go to war.

In ” an Oyster Shell – This book took me over a week to read which is a long time for me. It’s not an easy to read book but has good qualities that may interest some of you.

The Pearls – This book pulls you into the vast world of Pentavia, where there are castles princes, knights and kings. The world building is detailed with precision and sucked me right in.

There were a lot of POV you got to know most of the characters intimately. You were often right inside their head. It’s tough to accomplish that and not lose the reader. This feat was impressive. I’ve never seen it done like this before.

There was lots of passion, whether it was for the deity or a person. Every character had their motive, and it was fun following them through to each one.

The Sand – I am bummed about the end. I did not like the conclusion. Even though the POV was distinctive and well done, I’m pretty sure its the reason it took me so long to read this book. I won’t be continuing with the series because it is too involved for my taste.

If you love epic tales and don’t mind a long read you might like this book and the books to come.


3 Stars

About Ivy Smoak

Ivy Smoak is the Amazon bestselling author of The Hunted series. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.

About Ryan Hauge

Ryan Hauge is the author of the highly anticipated Pentavia fantasy series. Drawing inspiration from his toy business and the countless computer games he grew up playing, he weaves tales of mystery and intrigue.

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