3.5 / 5 stars
This is the second part of the trilogy. The story meanders back and forth between Fallon, the reluctant village sergeant tricked and betrayed by King Aidan; Brigit, his wife who is taken hostage by the evil Kottermani empire; and its heir to the Elephant Throne, Prince Kemal. The author does a good job of letting the reader inside Fallon's mind as he's being tricked to do unspeakable things, and betrayed by those he thought he could trust. He's basically a good simple man who is thrust into a world of political intrigue and manipulations. He can only do what he thinks is good and just and that's what causes a myriad of problems for him.
While I liked Brigit, I thought her character was a little too good to be true especially going from a simple country wife to the leader of the slave rebellion. I can't say more on this because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I have to say the interactions between Brigit and Prince Kemal were quite good.
Overall, this was a good read and moves the story forward to hopefully an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Some parts of the story dragged especially the battle scenes which I skipped over especially at the end to get back to the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the final book in this creative and engaging trilogy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
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