Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review for Deathsworn Arc Book 3: The Blood Queen by Martyn Stanley

Imperial Wizard Saul Karza has dragged himself and his companions through hell.

Instead of falling into the Empress's arms and re-kindling their relationship, he finds she has regained her lost youth, leaving him old and frail.

His strong position at court is at risk, as thanks to Brael's 'Truth', he is forced to make a stand against the tyranny of the church. Even if he can maintain his position, he risks losing more than one companion to the brutal 'Blood Trials'. 

The Deathsworn Arc Series of Dark, Epic Fantasy Adventure Novels:-
Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer
Deathsworn Arc 2 : The Verkreath Horror
Deathsworn Arc 3 : The Blood Queen
Deathsworn Arc 4 : Rise of the Archmage

The Deathsworn Arc contains graphic violence and mature themes.
Recommended for readers 14+ only.

Book 3 of the Deathsworn Arc series is just as full of intrigue and danger as the last two books in the series.  I was quite intrigued when it was explained what the heart stones were for when the group finally reaches their destination.  But even in the city are they in danger still.  Korhan, mostly from his own ego and ignorance.  Brael, it seems, has picked up an assassin on his trail since the last one "failed" in their duty.  And then there is part of Vashni's past that resurfaces.  Hers might be the most interesting story of all, even if it is slowly being unfolded piece by piece in this series.  She has lead many lives.  I really like the bonding going on between the group and how Vashni has changed since she met them.  Her view on non-Elvish people has changed and she is now more willing to befriend others instead of avoid them and look down on them.  The revelation at the end of the book was very exciting indeed and I am kind of hoping to hear a little elaboration on that at some point.  



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