Series: A Trial of Blood and Steel
Author: Joel Shepherd
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital edition
Sasha is a princess. A princess who gave up her family rights to become the apprentice of the greatest swordsman and tactician of the country. Now her country is being torn apart by politics and religion and Sasha must decide what course to take.
Seeing ancient accords broken, Sasha must defy her family and the most powerful houses of the nation but in doing so she will unleash civil war and tear apart what she is trying to preserve. But when your own brother is trying to kill you to further his own power, does national unity matter?
I was expecting something a bit more from Shepherd. After reading his Drysine Legacy series I was prepared for full frontal fantasy awesomeness.
What I got was a spoiled woman, a self-centered and self-absorbed king/father, siblings who were friends, enemies and allies, sometimes all at the same time. Political powers that were willing to kill off their own heirs, religious leaders willing to lend credence to any act if it furthered their power. In fact, everything in this book seemed to be about power. It wasn’t that pleasant really. The only good thing was the big battle at the end.
I’ll be trying the next book but if it flows in the same vein as this one, I won’t be going farther. It is just odd because I liked his scifi series SO much. Oh well, you can’t win them all.