This book carries straight on from part 1 of the Artesans of Albia series, King's Envoy and as such you need to read King's Envoy first to really appreciate what is going on.
We start with the companions in a mad chase
away from the dungeons where Major Sullyan has been held captive and during the
healing process the Major needs it is found that she will be unable to cross the
veils and return to her home realm of Albia.
She makes the decision to
offer her help to The Heirarch, the ruler of the realm of Andaryon, in his
battle against Lord Rykan, the man who held Sullyan captive. The biggest problem
is that women in Andaryan are very much looked down on and the men hold all the
power. If Sullyan is to be accepted she has a lot to prove and due to her
injuries sustained at the hands of Rykan she may not even survive to the final
Once again, with this second book, Cas Peace shows herself to be
a wonderfully gifted storyteller. Her descriptive skills allow you to live the
book, not just read it and her battle tactics are as well written as it
But it is with the characters that Ms. Peace really excels. As
before Major Sullyan is one of the best and most believable female leads in
fantasy fiction but all the characters are really well drawn. Lord Rykan is
possibly one of the nastiest, most evil and hateful 'bad guys' yet and his
general, Sonten is just plain despicable.
This is a book/series you can
get lost in for hours, if not days but be warned, this is an author with the
ability to tear at the heartstrings and leave you drained of emotion. This book
will move you like possibly no other of its kind.
I predict great things
for Cas Peace.