Ten years have passed since the Battle of Highcastle.
As Peacehaven’s new king takes the country from strength to strength, Fran strikes out on her own in neighbouring Cornesse, where she is the chosen shield to the venerated queen, Mathilde.
It seems Mathilde has everything under control—except her own future. Concerns for Cornesse’s royal succession send Fran on a journey she never expected to undertake and certainly didn’t know she needed.
Meanwhile in Highcastle, an inexperienced prison master is given responsibility over a notorious brigand. As the son of a decorated war hero, Locke must learn the job quickly, setting aside his demons in order to establish a name of his own in a place where no one knows who he is.
Will Fran’s journey on behalf of a queen teach her something about herself instead?
Will Locke falter under the weight of his father’s expectations?
Will the king and queen of Peacehaven find their happily ever after?
Peace is a romantic notion, but someone has to fight for it.
Title : Where Heroes Were Born
Author : Tom Dumbrell
Series : Pillars of Peace #3
Format : Physical
Page Count : 396
Genre : Fantasy
Publisher : Self published
Release Date : June 10, 2022
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★.5
Micky’s 3.5 star review
Family, love and loss
Loyalty and betrayal
Pirates, jungles and castles
Where Heroes Were Born picked up the Pillars of Peace world ten years on. It was satisfying to see some status quo in Cyrus’ and Francine’s life. Now okay, this status did not last but at least we know they had some.
There were a number of POVs in this story and as the book progressed a few more were added. I favoured the world of Fran and her character was written so well. Locke had me less interested even though that story eventually linked up the threads of his POV. The sweetest spot for me in this tale was life on the ship travelling to an African-inspired land, I liked how that plot direction rolled out, the good and the bad.
If you’re a Cyrus fan, he was a little less in the fore for this installment but I found Francine a worthy substitute. As Francine journeyed back and forth to and from lands unknown, I got a sense of foreboding. I really didn’t see that coming and it was a tough pill to swallow.
Overall, this was a good culmination to the series and while this wasn’t my favourite in the series (book one was for me), I’ll think of Pillars of Peace as a world that brings great characterisation and found family elements.