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4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable Tale of Medieval Espionage and Succession
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
I enjoy historical fiction. And the story is quite enjoyable with numerous plot twists. As an Archer, I also enjoy all things that include traditional archery. I guess my only criticism is an inability on my part to put the geography of these locations together in my head. After two books, I can't imagine a map. And with what are apparently fictional locations, I have to rely on my brain to translate the stories into geography.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat sequel with amazing character arcs
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
A very good follow up that expands very wel on the lore and world building of the first book. The characters continued to be developed really well along with the world and the party as a whole. New characters joined the group and all are developed really well. This book follows the good and bad with a lot of political intrigue but doesn’t fall into the cliche a lot of books do these days. It suffered from the same problems the first book did with needing a little more polish and sentence structure but all in all it was a very enjoyable read. With a little more polish it could be a easy 5/5
The evolution of Briton and his companions as they are. Caught up in the politics and intrigue of kingdoms is interesting and complex. The adventure, the emotional bonds, The maturing of the young characters, the joy of friendship and the pain of loss by betrayal are riveting.
This novel is a great story of friends and foes. Who is trustworthy and who is only out for themselves? Brion and his friends have to navigate the dangerous world of nobles and fight for their home. Ranger's Apprentice fans will love this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 17, 2020
I have read the first 2 books and I suspect that I will return to the series after an extended break. The ending was fairly breathless, but enjoyable. Clearly the formula adopted by the author works. More depth on some of the leading characters could now be added; Brion can change from hot-headed to calm leader in a flash. Emyr is as yet a cipher in plot development, but has the potential to become the most interesting character. I give thanks for the very useful map at the beginning of each book Overall I have enjoyed the series, but I am not yet so taken that I wish to progress further for a while
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2020
I'm afraid I found this one a little too confusing. It has a huge cast of characters, who appear, support or betray (and often die.) I lost track of who was who - who was related to who and which of the different tribes/kingdoms they belonged to. Salassani, Carpentini, Taurini, Dunkeldi all got frustratingly confused. I stuck with it to the end, but don't think I'll be bothering with the third book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2020
What a fantastic read, the story of Brion going from one twist to the next. You were kept on the edge of your seat right to the end and then it didn't end as expected. Already reading the 3rd in the series.