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5.0 out of 5 starsThe stakes are higher and the story is stunning
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
There is so much to like about this book! Zaria has grown from an awkward teenager to a mature young woman so gradually that you hardly notice the change, a very skillful authoring feat. This is not your typical female heroine who has magical insights others should see but can't, this is a woman acting out of duty for her people who is continually forced to make moral choices in a difficult situation. The result is incredibly gripping. You feel her conflicting emotions and the differences between what she wants to feel and what she has to do. For the first time, we see her arch-nemesis up close, and see his human qualities right next to his terrible ambitions. This is another thing that has become rare: a villain whose morality is based on human desires instead of political ones. The author has drafted a beautiful tome about being moral in a world gone mad, something we really need right now, and I cannot even imagine where the story will go next. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 starsLooking forward to more Rislandia
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
This book continues the Rislandia and Wyranth conflict, but with twists that serve to build for the next in the series. This steampunk style setting is well thought out and easy to immerse yourself into.
Since the first book in the series, Ivan the Iron Emperor has been a figure of mystery in this steampunk saga. Now we are at last introduced to the ruler of the Wyranth Empire when he makes his move, with the terms of peace being Zaira von Monocle’s hand in marriage.
This is a quieter installment compared to the non-stop action of the previous book, but an exploration of the Wyranth Empire and the terrifying and intriguing new projects Ivan is dreaming up hints at more terrifying battles against eldritch forces just over the horizon.
I read this as a Kindle Unlimited selection. The Iron Wedding is a continuation of the Baron Monocle series, and fits nicely in with the rest. Aside from that, it tells a pretty convincing story of the necessity of hard choices, the way those choices can turn out, and how they can affect others, even seemingly unrelated. It's a good story.
5.0 out of 5 starsJDA takes Zaira’s character to a new level
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
What can I say, but that this series gets better with each book. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this story was in no way predictable. Was the ending how I wanted it? I’m not sure. But I do know I’m ready for number 5.