The emperor has been ousted from the throne, his bloodline in question, and war is descending on the capital. Forge, the nefarious business coalition that has been manipulating the political situation from the beginning, has the ultimate weapon at its disposal.
If it was difficult for a small team of outlaws—or, as Amaranthe has decided they should now be called, rebels—to make a difference before, it's a monumental task now. If she's to return idealistic young Sespian to the throne, earn the exoneration she's sought for so long, and help her closest ally win the respect of the son who detests him, she'll have to employ an unprecedented new scheme... preferably without destroying the city—or herself—in the process.
What can I say?
Another "can't put down" excellent piece of work. Fast moving while holding all the characters together. Different and your favorite at the same time! Read them all!
Forged in Blood Part I
The author over explains events to the point where it feels like they’re constantly trying to defend the feats/actions their characters are accomplishing when there’s no need to. This book could also use more proofreading, and I do not like needing to read outside the series in order to understand everything.
While I’m glad that the author finally attempts to address Amaranthe’s trauma, it feels reluctantly so. They’re still not taking the time to fully illustrate the magnitude of what she’s experiencing. It’s one thing if someone IRL doesn’t want to share their story, but this is a character who’s shoes we’re supposed to be stepping into, and yet the author skirts around it.
Sicarius shouldn’t be surprised at being detected when the shaman in book 2 found him easily enough, and there shouldn’t be any pus on the burned body since the fire should’ve disinfected everything.
Vocab list this time: obstreperous instead of unruly, vociferous instead of insistent, funambulation instead of tightrope walking, ablutions instead of rituals, senescence instead of aging.
What an ending!
Fast paced, with interesting developments and character growth. As usual, Lindsay Burker delights! Now on to the next one before I lose my mind!