Single Shot: The King's Guard by Rae Carson

Published July 30th, 2013
Greenwillow Books
111 pages (eBook)

At fifteen years old, Hector is the youngest squire in the most elite military force in the country. And his first day is disastrous. Everyone assumes the only reason he was recruited is his close personal association with King Alejandro, not because he's really earned it.
But Alejandro needs Hector for a secret mission, one that gives him the chance to prove to everyone—including himself—that he is worthy to be a Royal Guard. Hector must break into the ancient Fortress of Wind to retrieve something so important that the kingdom's future depends on it. What Hector finds in the fortress will stretch his bond of friendship with his king near to breaking. And it will prepare him to become the fearsome warrior and lord commander Elisa will never let go.  (From Goodreads)

If you want to feel all the Hector feels, The King's Guard is for you. 

This novella follows Hector just proving how much of a badass he is, even at the age of 15.  It is an interesting addition the series, providing insight into Hector's past that isn't seen in the three main novels.  You can definitely get by not reading this,  but who wouldn't want more Hector?  Nothing here is crucial, but you do gain more insight into Hector, as well as Lucio and Fernando, two more minor characters in the series.

The story isn't bad either.  I wouldn't call it mind-blowing, but it was still good and worth the couple bucks.  If you love the series and the Hector feels, give The King's Guard a try!

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