on 20 December 2013
This, book 3 in the first of the 3 trilogies, picks up from exactly where the second ended. Major Sullyan (Sully)has won her battle but is suffering severe injuries as a consequence. With help she manages to remove the majority of the poison on her body but there is still a small portion within her she can't reach and if it is left there it will kill her.
The answer turns out to be that to cure her completely she needs the staff, the 'maguffin' from the first book, which is still in Taran's cellar back in their home realm but Sully, due to the poison in her system is unable to cross between realms so it is up to her friends to retrieve the staff before the enemy get to it.
This is a very good end to a quite remarkable story and the author has done a very good job of tying up the loose ends here while setting things in motion for the next series in the trilogy. The whole world (or series of world's if you want to think of it like that)is well realized and the lead characters are the kind of people you want to spend time with. Add to that a quite clever magic system and you're onto a winner.
As a lead character Sully is probably one of the best there is at this moment in time. She is a leader who cares for, and about, those under her command and her friends but is prepared to do what is needed to get the job done.
So, the next up will be a new trilogy and hopefully it won't be too far away as I can't wait to travel in Cas Peace's realms again
on 3 December 2013
Well - the last we heard of Major Sullyan in book 2 - Kings Champion, was that she had won the trial of combat against her arch enemy, Rykan. But at great cost. She had been burned and damaged by Rykan's arcane powers, and still had his poison deep within ... slowly killing her.
She and her friends had to find the Staff as this was the only chance she had of a cure. She was so weakened that she wasn't able to leave Andaryon to help her friends find the Staff, and had to wait while they fought the other contender for the Staff - Sonten - who wanted the Staff's powers to enable him to rule Andaryon, and Albia!
In the end, Sonten and Sully's compatriot, Commander Vanyr, in their struggle for the Staff, are both destroyed as it launches through energy barriers from Albia to Andaryon. Well, Vanyr survives for a short while - just long enough for Sully to locate him, and the Staff that he holds close to his body as he lies dying.
She uses the staff to clear her of the poison. And she realises that she is the only one who can now destroy it, with the risk of it destroying her too. She takes the Staff to a safe energy tunnel and uses her remaining energy to implode it. She hasn't enough energy to escape the cataclysm and is thrust into an energy void, lost to all, and unable to call for help.
Until her healer friend, Rienne, discovers her with empathic powers, and draws her back to reality. You would think that all the problems are over now, wouldn't you? Sully healed. The staff destroyed.
But no, my friends. There is one other, who commissioned the Staff initially, who now wants it back. Desperately!
Can't wait for book 4 - The Challenge!
on 23 November 2013
King's Artesan picks up where King's Champion left off, elegantly weaving the various plot lines and character developments together into a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. However this book had not on the task of wrapping up this trilogy, but setting up the next. Artesans of Albia is not a single trilogy, but a triple trilogy, and King's Artesan had the job of being both the end of one and the beginning of the next. Cas Peace handled this task with aplomb and the powerful character development, fast paced plot and action sequences, combined with a deeply thought out system of magic continues the winning formula of the series. In this book however, even more than the first two, we see a slower side of the series, as major events in the characters' lives are brought to the fore, and the connection the reader has with these characters deepen.
In amongst all this is the foreshadowing of what is to come as we are introduced to a wider world, and perhaps some of the reasons behind the events in these first three books.
In a break out series that combines some of the best plotting and characterisation in the fantasy genre today, written in a very accessible style, King's Artesan carries this on to give the readers a great conclusion, but really this is only the beginning.
on 25 August 2014
I love these books. This, the third book in the first trilogy about the Artesan's of Albia, is the most exciting yet. I couldn't put it down and spent many a late night just so that I could read the next chapter, and then the next.... The story is fast paced and also has depth, and well rounded, believable characters; all this makes it a very engaging read. All down to Cas Peace's brilliant writing. I had no hesitation in recommending these books to all my friends. And the best of it is, there are still 6 more to go!