Kings Property is a wonderfully written story, about a young woman who, is conscripted into the army. Dar feels betrayed by her father and stepmother, because they made her leave home, to serve with men she doesn't know. She is branded like cattle and dragged off to her new life, which she soon learns is to actually serve as a slave to the Orcs who are fighting with the army.
Dar has heard terrible stories about the Orcs all of which she finds out are not true. Dar makes a few new friends one of them an Orc fighter named Kovok-mah. He teaches her the Orcish language and ways by which making her life easier and in some ways harder. The other a small child named Twea, which she takes in under her wing as a daughter.
Dar starts to have visions she doesn't understand, that involve her friends and foes. War wages on and though terrible combat and death ensues she must take a single chance at being free no matter what the cost.
Morgan Howell does a wonderful job of relaying the Orcs culture to the reader. It also remarks a similarity to our own culture of medieval times. As in the same way that women were treated as slaves to the men as wenches and etc, and much much more.
You can see how Dar grows mentally and physically as a woman through all of the trials and tribulations that are thrown at her. There are even some prejudices shown in the book between the Orcs and humans, which is something, we can all stand to do away with which Howell conveys in the book very well. This book will definitely be put on my keeper shelf, as will the books that follow it by the same author.
First-time author Morgan Howell delivers Queen of the Orcs, an exciting new fantasy trilogy beginning with King's Property (A Del Rey Paperback Original; On-Sale Date: July 31, 2007). Born into hardship, Dar learns to rely on herself alone. When her family betrays her, Dar is conscripted into King Kregant’s army and its brutal campaign to conquer a neighboring country. Now she is bound as a slave to dreaded regiment of orcs, creatures legendary for their savagery and deadly skill in combat. Rather than cower, Dar rises to the challenge. She learns the unique culture and language of the orcs, survives treachery from both allies and enemies, and struggles to understand a mystical gift that brings her dark, prophetic visions. As the war escalates-amid nightmarish combat and shattering loss-Dar must seize a single chance at freedom.