In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
What's more likely is that the author is going for a unique writing style just Tolkien did, and it in itself confused me.
That doesn't mean anything bad, and those two chapters peaked my interest.
So in this world there are two kind of people. Humans and Kainens. Kainens have magic, they are able to command people and animals just by saying a command. Humans are magic free, but they have developed muskets which the Kainens dont consider much of a threat considering they have magic an all. Kainens have a great distaste for humans considering them little better than animals. They also have an aversion to blood and death, and think of soldier cast as dirty and filthy. If they were to take a sword or anything with blood on it they consider them selves to be unclean by that. Humans and Kainens are at war.
The story follows a royal prince, a twin of a princess who's almost 16 and still hasn't developed his magic powers of verbal command. However he seems to be developing some kind of powers mainly dream premonitions and visions of people's lives when he touches an object they owned. He's quite scared and frustrated that he's not developing in the right kind of way and he fears that his father, the king will name his twin sister an heir to the kingdom on their 16th birthday because she has developed verbal command magic. Not only that but he fears he'll become a "changeling" and be buried alive under the castle as was done with changelings before. (I'm not sure what exactly a changeling is, 2 chapters weren't enough and I don't think it means the same thing as in fairy lore). Determined to show his worth, and suspecting his uncle is scheming, he resolves to go on a little side trip to a town controlled by his uncle which has silver mines, ignoring the commands of the king. However this area is a war zone, but the prince has different information relaying of the info of human ambassador, who he believes is completely under king's thrall and can't tell lies. But things turn out differently when they walk into an ambush and the prince gets everyone killed due to his stubbornness and stupidity. He is forced to pick up a sword of his fallen protector and defend himself. He kills a man, and considers himself unclean and changed.
I have to say I quite liked it, I'll move this up my TBR list.