Frankly I am annoyed that I haven't read many of J.L. Doty's work before. I really enjoyed this book. This intro is contrary to my normal review process. Generally I give an idea of the nature of the book, then I talk about the characters and plot and lastly I provide my recommendation. In this case, if you don't care to read any further, I highly recommend this book!
A systems wide civilization is the set for this story. A deluded king wants to be an emperor but is held back by a feudal system of strong dukes. Said deluded king forms questionable alliances and disrupts the lives of his subjects.
Charlie has returned from the dead. A prisoner of war, he has suffered for the delusions of his king. A bastard, he has not be recognized by the duke he serves and loves.
The plot is somewhat predictable but still highly entertaining. This is not an intellect challenging book but it is a darn good read. There are simplistic scenarios that still make you want to turn the page.
The author has a sense of humor with which I can relate. The trampsie names are hysterical and really did make me LOL.
Doty writes an entertaining book that kept my interest, made me laugh and satisfied my need for the good guy winning.
I highly recommend the book and I will be seeking out more of his work.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.