Friday, March 9, 2012

"Nor Iron Bars a Cage: Book 2 of The Ascendancy Trilogy" by Caprice Hokstad Book Review

Genre: Fantasy
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 5/5
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
Chastity belts. Arrow-head whips. Board game duels. Sacrifice. Prophecy. War.
Everyone’s in danger in Caprice Hokstad’s 2nd volume of The Ascendancy Trilogy. kee, Captain Shil, and healer Pharn Patkus have a new plan to locate Dauntere, the duke’s missing son, in enemy territory. Meanwhile, Countess Delorae has plans to become the new mistress of Rebono Keep, whether Duke Vahn wants her or not.
Nor Iron Bars a Cage is the perfect sequel to The Duke’s Handmaid. We get to know and love the characters even more, including the arrogant Duke Vahn, who finally gets a taste of his own medicine…and more.
I was also surprised and pleased to see a couple of more Christian overtones coming into play in book 2. They are very subtle, but one character’s actions for another can only remind us of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and the mages begin to reveal a different side of Latoph’s religion.
If you haven’t read The Duke’s Handmaid yet, do yourself a favor and read it as fast as you can, and then pick up Nor Iron Bars a Cage. Book 3, Blood and Brine, comes out shortly.
The Duke’s Handmaid is available from Splashdown Books

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review, Steve. I should tell folks that the cover you show here is from my self-published version and is probably pretty hard to find unless you want a hardback. Splashdown Books redid the cover so that all three books in the trilogy are very similar in look. Looking forward to your thoughts on the third and final book.