Petrodor (A Trial of Blood and Steel #2)

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Title: Petrodor

Series: A Trial of Blood and Steel #2

Author: Joel Shepherd

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 525

Format: Kindle Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Sasha is now in the city of Petrodor. Various political factions are vying for the role of leading a new army against the Serrin. The Serrin in Petrodor are playing their own game, unfortunately for them, they don’t understand humanity nearly as well as they think. And the humans allied with the Serrin are split as well. Then once the Priesthood gets involved, all bets are off.

Sasha must navigate allies, enemies and some who are both at the same time.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve given this series 2 books worth of my time. I simply didn’t like this one either.

Narrowed it down to the fact that I don’t like one single character. The story was intriguing, the political, religious and species aspect of things were well done and complex and the fighting was fun to read about.

But without even one character to like or root for, it wasn’t worth it. So I’m dropping this. I’m kind of hesitant about trying his Cassandra Kresnov series now. Sure glad I discovered him with his Spiral Wars series and not this.

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Sasha (A Trial of Blood and Steel #1)

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Title: Sasha

Series: A Trial of Blood and Steel

Author: Joel Shepherd

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 426

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

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?

 

My Thoughts:

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.