Thursday, October 1, 2009
Review Choices Meant for Kings
Today, I'm reviewing Choices Meant for Kings. Be sure to leave a comment so your name will be in the drawing for a hard copy of Sandy's first book of her Choices Trilogy, Choices Meant for Gods.
Choices Meant for Kings
By: Sandy Lender
ArcheBooks Publishing, Incorporated
Choices Meant for Kings is the second in a fantasy trilogy written by Sandy Lender. I have to admit I have not read Choices Meant for Gods the first book in the series. I will also say right away, I fully intend to read it. I am a lover of fantasy books, and I've read numerous authors from Terry Brooks to Roger Zelanzny. I have not been disappointed with Ms. Lender's entrance into the world of fantasy.
In Choices Meant for Kings, young Amanda Chariss, with her guardian, the wizard Hrazon, and The Master Rothahn, the god she is bound to protect, is entrenched on the estate of her betrothed Nigel Taiman. Camped on the lawn outside the home is the army who follows her. What she doesn't know is that her husband to be lives with the curse of his birth mother, the evil goddess and sorceress, Julette - The Dragon. We quickly learn that Chariss is an extraordinary woman, as swift to use her dagger, sword, or whip against her enemies as she is to steal a kiss from Nigel when no one is looking.
Things in Onweald are not as they should be. The gods and goddesses walk among men and have lost their geasa. Outside the gates of Arcana, Julette masses her army ready to storm Amanda's new home and destroy all she loves. Will Chariss, Nigel and the Ofersey'n be victorious when the only magic still alive in Onweald is the dark magic associated with Julette?
Meanwhile, within her own home, Amanda is faced with enemies and wrong-doers intent on separating her from her beloved. A young girl, obsessed with Nigel, appears claiming Nigel is the father of her child. Traitors lurk within Amanda's army. Like it or not, The Ultimate One, proclaims Amanda Chariss as his Goddess of War. How will Amanda handle these trials and others?
Here is a fantasy novel peopled with rich characters whose shortcomings only make them more human. Be sure to get your copy of this page turner filled with dragons, gods, goddesses, sorcerers, puzzling prophesies, and wicked antagonists.While you're at it, be sure to read Choices Meant for Gods as well.
A Tense Little Excerpt From Choices Meant for Kings
By Fantasy Author Sandy Lender
You won’t find this excerpt anywhere except Sandy’s current online book tour…
As the soldier stepped toward him, Nigel reached out his arm and caught him by the neck. He slammed the captain against the far wall. He pinned him there with his body, leaning against the man as if he could crush the wind from him with his presence.
He brought his face close to the soldier’s ear and spoke lowly, fiercely, so that no one could have overheard him. The menace and intent behind the words was as surprising to the captain as the words themselves.
“I asked you to accompany [Chariss] on this journey tomorrow because I have faith in your sword, and until this moment I trusted you to keep your distance from her. Now, I find her down here at your side with a look upon your face that suggests more than you realize. So help me, Naegling, the only thing that stays my hand is how displeased she would be if she learned that I sliced you open.”
“The look you see is merely my concern for her honor. Nothing more.”
“I’m not a fool. And I’ll use every last piece of Arcana’s treasury to pay the prophets to justify my reasons for marrying that woman, so you can unconcern yourself with her honor.”
Hrazon stepped off the staircase then and saw Nigel pressed against his guard.
“I still believe you’re one of the best soldiers Arcana’s ever seen,” Nigel continued, “and I want you at her side for this journey, but, so help me, Naegling, she comes back alive and well and not confused in the least about her affections for me, or I will string you up from a tree in the orchard and attach your intestines to your horse’s saddle before I send it—”
Hrazon cleared his throat. “Excuse me. Is there an issue here I should address?”
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