Adult Book Review

Lion Cub by J.P. Harker (Caledon Sage #3)

The Book:

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Book Title: Lion Cub

Book Author: J.P. Harker

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/ Fantasy

Publishing Date: July 12th, 2018

Publisher: JPH

Date Read: August 20th, 2018

Synopsis: Lucius Dessida has lived among the Gaians for nine years in a bid to maintain the Caledon’s peace, though his dual heritage means life in Tamora is more complex than he had thought. But Lucius’ city worries will soon be put into harsh perspective. Prosperity breeds envy, and easy times breed complacency, and the rich lands of the Caledon offer a ripe target to those who simply take what they want.

Winds of war blow from the north, and Merian of the Gorvicae will be first to feel their chill. The brutal Sarracs have attacked without warning, and Taliesyn seems content to leave the frontier to its own defences. With the Wildcat far away and her own chieftain unwilling to help, Merian may be forced to look elsewhere for aid…

Content Warning: Violence, gore, rape, sexual content, thoughts of suicide, and language.


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The Review:

Lion Cub blew me away. This one was probably the most intense of the saga. Not just because of the battle scenes, but because of the emotion behind the plot twists, and the way Harker showed us, as readers, the hard realities of the morality of the different sets of people in the Caledon world.

Not only were we brought back to the world, and story, of Wildcat and Leaping Wolf (Gawan), but we were taken to a new world of Tamora. Yes, we had been there before with Rhia (Wildcat), but times had changed. The people had changed. The reputations and principles of the people in this highly civilized city were constantly brought in to question, and compared to the brutal ways of the Sarracs, an inhumane tribe of men that enjoyed raping and pillaging while overtaking the land of other tribes.

Lion Cub was about greed, power, and bloodlust. It had a lot more sexuality than I usually like in a book, but it was the way those sex scenes were portrayed that showed the intense power lust and immorality of the two different sets of people in relation to Rhia’s, and Gawan’s (the honorable Gadarim), people. The Gadarim, and Rhia’s tribe, were honorable, respectful people who, even though they weren’t as advanced as the Gaians of Tamora, maintained a level of ethics and humanity among themselves.

This book had action, danger, heartache, and scandal. It was full of battle scenes, both emotional and physical. It was intense and thought provoking, and completely unpredictable! It was a long one for sure, but it never felt like it dragged, and Harker still managed to include history from the first two books in a way that tied in with the story. The Caledon Saga has been insanely powerful and has not lost its drive! I’d recommend the whole series at this point to anyone who enjoys epic stories like The Mists of Avalon. And, though I have not read or watched Game of Thrones, I do believe those fans of GOT would love this series as well!

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Thank you to the author for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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Book 1:

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Book Title: Wildcat

Book Author: J.P. Harker

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/ Fantasy

Publishing Date: September 4th, 2016

Publisher: JPH

Date Read: November 26th, 2017

Synopsis: Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself… 


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