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The Mistress Diaries (Pembroke Palace, dLedged battle and as actual battles go the oneescribed is messy chaotic and slightly The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl difficult to follow The story has multiple POVs and firstly we are introduced to branch leader Conlan of the Third who s in the thick of it Then we get to see the battle from the view of general Felix Martius who leads the legions against the invaders Seconding Martius is his mentor cum friend general Antius Turbis who saw his brilliance and lent him his support Lastly there s Wulf who s one of the horde so as to speak who has toeal with the aftermath of the battle These are the POVs introduced in Empire Under Siege for the follow up Phoenix Rising the new POVs introduced are Metrotis Felix Martius nephew an eccentric scholar who tries to extract information from Wulf and Felix Ellasand Martius wife who faces a Poisonous Snakes deadly foe on her own The story has many threads as seen from the multivariate POV list above while we get a view from the legionary point via Conlan we also get the higher up view via Martius and Turbis There s the usual political backstabbing and one upmanship brewing thanks to the actions of the generals and the Emperor who is troubled by them Then we get a look from one of the POWs Wulf which offers anotherifferentiating view into the happenings All in all this is an intriguing series as the authors explores the world and the aftereffects of a terrible battle The author effectively showcases PTSD political maneuvering and other such movements that would occur in an empire Of course there s a lot afoot with regards to a possibly mad prophet and what truly caused the barbarian horde to appear on the borders of the Adarnan Empire The author slowly exposes the Dirty Deeds (Mechanics of Love, different story angles for the reader to be pulled in variousirections What I enjoyed about the story was this very approach the reader is never uite sure where the plot is heading and because the episodic nature of the storyline we are left wanting to know what happens next What the author truly puts in his best are the characters with each POV we get to view the world through a Infinite Repeat (The Art of Lainey, different pair of eyes and they are all fascinating We meet Conlan who is a young soldier learning that war is never pleasant and soldiers are often at the mercy of their higher ups Martius has to walk the fine between his peers and his emperor giving offense to neither and efficiently manage his soldiers Wulf is a prisoner who seeks to escape but first he has to gain favor with Metrotis who is crafty to his wiles I couldn t choose a single favorite but Wulf Martius and Conlan s chapters were my favorites for the amount of twists and intrigue that is slotted in them There s some action to this storyline but mainly both episodes focus on building up the mystery of the Bull Bear and Hawk and also a couple of other threads that the readers will have to RAFO Lastly I will have to mention theazzling and Spartan cover art so kudos to the Deranged Doctor Design chaps for both "The Covers So Far I Can T "covers so far I can t to see what they Chore Whore do for the third volume tentatively titled The Great Bear One area wherein the story iseficient to a certain egree is the world building and the history Of course the author has put in small hints and clues wherever possible but for world building junkies this will be a sub par effort Also both the volumes are on the shorter side considering they are novellas and not novels
so readers should efinitely take that into consideration before buying them Overall readers should The Female of the Species definitely take that into consideration before buying them Overall series is slightly reminiscent of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher but with less action low key magic settings and of a focus on characters Think a David Gemmellesue approach to story telling crossed with the Codex Alera world settings So the story is characterialogue focused and with a slightly lesser emphasis on world Witch Week (Chrestomanci, details For readers who like this sort of an approach you will enjoy this story For others who prefer a bit meat to their stories this might not entirely be your cup of tea However I must say that the story isn t finished the author has mentioned that the third novellaepisode will be a longer one withepth as well I would recommend reading the first two together for now as that way the story makes sense and feels cohesive CONCLUSION Jason K Lewis s Adarna Chronicles are an interesting mix of historical fantasy cast in the Roman empire mold and with the author s strong focus on characters This series managed to mark itself out and I would recommend it to all readers looking for a uick read and for lovers of Romanesue fantasy slight spoiling aheadIn the first couple of chapters I wasn t uite sure what to make of the book Right from the start it Memory Boot Camp drops us into a large battle There was so much action happening so fast that I felt like I couldn t get my bearings I stuck with the book because the writing was good and I liked the characters I m glad IidOnce the action slows a bit and I was given a chance to see the characters a bit I actually came to think that starting in the midst of the battle was perfect After that the characters have to eal with the political ramifications of the fight but also the emotional ones The character I enjoyed most was ConlanI think perhaps the thing that I enjoyed most was ConlanI think perhaps the thing that impressed me about the book was the authe I REALLY LIKED IT What a pleasant little surprise The book was extremely short and in my experience those usually cram too much in or not enough This had a ecent amount of a teaser the start of some good character Orchard Valley Grooms development story uestions a good foundation of the world and a promise of some interesting things to come in the next bookWe follow. Outnumbered ten to one The fate of the empire stands on a knife edge Empire under siege is the first book in the Adarna chronicles Set in a world of epic grandeur and political intrigue it follows the fate of the empire through the eyes of those who could ultimately save it oroom it to estructio.
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I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by this book It begins by throwing you right into a massive battle scene right at the start and I id feel a little confused by what was going on but you have to stick with this little gem of a novel as it explains the Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, deeper you get into itThe Empire is very much like the Roman Empire in its set up and culture and war like attitude I liked the characters and the setting and I can see this series becoming a hit Just when I was thoroughly enjoying it and getting comfortable with the characters it ended on a cliffhanger Can t wait to read the next instalment I think this book rocked Read on a layover made that time pass superuick which is what you want in a layover Only complaint too short Looking fwd to the next bookEUS grabs you right off with a great in the phalanxescription of a Roman legion style battle For those of you into DD or the old Avalon Hill games where you could be Alexander or Caesar this is great stuff Solid hard hitting gritty The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant description of infantry combat Lewis mixes it up with multiple POV to give the reader a multifaceted view of a battle The plot of what will be the series makes itself known in hints at first then later as the characters return to garrison it really picks up So no its not all about a battle but a lot of the characterevelopment starts thereI m looking fwd to the next in the chronicles Phoenix Rising This book raises a lot of uestions but One Girl One Dream does not give all the answers Personally Ion t like a book which The Amazing SAS does not give me a satisfying ending I understand why authorso it indeed Dickens s books were serialised in a magazine when they were first published and with the advent of e readers and instant The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter downloads you can alwaysownload the next book immediately Perhaps I m just throwing my toys out of the pram I m a little old for that and I just need to accept this is the modern wayThe first half of the book is Broken Prophecy dedicated to the battle between the Empire and the barbarians At first I thought Conlan and Martius were onifferent sides and this confused me a little I think the reason for this was that we get Conlan s perspective in Chapter 1 then Martius s perspective in Chapter 2 This is a feature of the book giving The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, different peoples perspectives in theifferent chapters and it works uite wellConlan is the common man the branch leader with his loyal men Lucas Jonas and Dylon He is a fighter extremely loyal to his legion and brave fighting on Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, despite his injury When he hears the horn for a retreat he is astounded heoes not want to abandon his men but he soon realises this is a mistake when he sees Yovas charging to attack Dylon saves Conlan s life but loses his own still holding up the standard of the legion It is Conlan who sees the flash of light as 3 new warriors ride onto the field the bear the bull and the hawk emblazoned on their armour One the hawk is a red headed woman whose image Conlan will later be haunted byMartius is the general in charge and represents the aristocracy or power of the Empire His comrades are Turbis Villius and Metrotis his nephew We learn that Martius was a risk taker in his youth but once he made a The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker decision he would stick to it even to the point of insubordination In his relationship with Metrotis we see his irritation Metrotis is the brains creating new inventions and Martius is the active soldier who values skills on the battlefieldThe contrast between these two men is continued through the second part of the book Conlanrinking in the rustic bar with his men Quadruplets On The Doorstep described as no expense spent reflecting on the price of war Conlan had always been a little horrified by how uickly his comrades could forget Theyrink a toast to the noble Luke dead and Conlan s thoughts are interesting The nobleead just a ritualised way to justify loss Conlan is a career soldier and you get the impression that he always will be but he has the conflict of all humanitarians in that war costs a great many lives Yet he "Would Have Mutinied Rather "have mutinied rather retreat something he has in common with Martius We also learn the motto of the legion honour service humilityIn contrast to Conlan Turbis s attitude to war a good war an external threat kept the population focused and reduced internal strife This is the attitude of a politician and an ambitious soldier who although the author says fights for uty there also appears to be a little glory in his actions after all he has risen through the ranks When Martius goes to Turbis s house we the palatial elegance of the officer class including a statue of his younger self the glory ays We learn of Martius s compassion asking for the enemy captives to be put to work as slaves rather than executed This attitude towards unnecessary killing will be important later It is interesting to hear Turbis say to Martius It s all well and good you preaching all men are eual in the Empire as this is clearly not the case as we see at the end of the bookChapter 11 Wulf is the only insight we have into the enemy of the Empire The man is a chained captive he speaks a A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy different language and Maritus needs a translator He calls the legion iron men because they wear armour and accuses them of not fighting like men because they hide behind their shields When he is asked why they have attacked the Empire he says that they need to move North to save his people from the enemy In the final chapter Conlan is rewarded by making him a Cohort Commander and when he is old enough he will be promoted to the Emperor s personal guard The fate of his men who survived the battle is uncertain and this is where the. The Adarnan Empire has endured for a thousand years a beacon of civilisation shining out to the world Its glory is undimmed but of late there are rumours A horde of savage warriors has overrun the southestroying legions with ease leaving the very heartlands of the empire under threat In the capita. Story ends In one sense we have a conclusion in that Conlan is rewarded for his bravery but eually we have uestions about who is the enemy of the barbarians if not the Empire Who are the mysterious warriors who entered the battle and particularly the woman with red hair Where The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning did they come from what is their purpose and whose side are they onGenerally this book is very good There is a good attempt atepth and insight with the characters internal monologue This helps to round out their characters showing the internal conflict of a soldier who kills for a living but also values life They are reckless impetuous brave and loyal living in a stratified society which adds an overarching political framework to this story Nice short book set in an alternate Roman Empire the story opens in the middle of a battle between the legions of the Adarnan Empire and a overwhelming horde of barbarians the main characters are primus general Felix Martius and centre branch leader Conlan Danson of the ninth cohort of the third legion and the story evelops mostly around both their point of views with emphasis on Conlan s as the reader follows the battle through his actions and emotions until the puzzling climax Both characters are intriguing and adults of ifferent ages the battle is carefully epicted and the reader uickly gains insight about the context if able to remember the legions and cohort numbers and in the final pages politic intrigue is readily served This first book lays the groundwork for the following installments and ends with a total cliffhanger which is not impeding considering book 2 is already out and this short book may be properly considered as the first part of a longer book Of course for this story 150 pages are not enough for even basic worldbuilding as the premises reuire but the outlined backdrop characters hint at epth to come And I like military action The writing style is flowing albeit transparent with a few info repetitions and the prose would benefit from a wider vocabulary I liked the characters and the plot as The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated disclosed but there s really too little meat to care just enough to go on Let s see how the story evolves This was an intense and moving read that kept me hooked and caring all along I loved the writing style the emotions and the high stakes battle against the horde and after that the chance to get to know each main character in this epic story world A wonderful blend of epic scale and intimate characterestinies Through the story and Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue details you get a good feel how long this empire has been around at least 1000 years and in one scene you can sense just how huge the Adarna public suare isuring a military parade about 1000 meters and yet in spite of this the individual characters feel close and real I could identify with each one and can t wait to find out how their fortunes will play out I love stories of political intrigue and the rise and fall of individual fortunes and this is exactly what s being set up in book 1 here Love it I was also captivated by the maneuvers and strategies in the battle scenes Very visual I felt like I was fighting right alongside the characters for my life And after that I got a chance to meet each of the major characters in this series A couple of times I forgotten who they were A list of characters or a map at the very beginning might have helped but aren t absolutely necessary maybe these are in there by now or it was just my poor short term memory Wouldn t be the first time I forgot someone s name My favorite characters were Conlan and Wulf these underdogs have rooting power and I can t wait to see their rise or fall in Ardana In short I m hooked and I ve signed up here on to be notified about the next installments Bravo This new fantasy novel is a gripping read empire under siege is a gripping read Empire under siege I started to read this book I thought I was in Imperial Rome with the legions fighting the barbarian hordes Then I realised it could not be Small things were ifferent such as the colour of the legionaries cloaks It was as if history had been jolted out "of focus in this new unknown world like our own but ifferent The powerful writing "focus in this new unknown world like our own but ifferent The powerful writing the battle scenes was wonderful I am envious The action in the battle for the moment was 74 Seaside Avenue distracting So many characters acting so fast and forcefully Youid not know who to focus on which probably is true in the confusion of a real battle In many ways this is an odd book You feel you are just getting to know the characters when the book endsThe ending is abrupt and a cliffhanger The scenes between the battle and the end are short and whet the appetite for They set the scene
But The Scene Doesthe scene The Note does occur Overall I enjoyed the book and wanted to read but it is too short This is the prelude to the novel not the full novel In my opinion instead of being the short starter novel of a series this book should be lengthened and include at least part of the real story Who is the heros What is the mission Who are the opponents This is a good book if it was longer and complete it could be great Combined review over at Fantasy Book CriticOVERVIEWANALYSIS The Adarna Chronicles consists of two novellas so far Empire Under Siege and Phoenix Rising Whatrew me to this series was the subject matter of a Roman like empire in chaos fantasy storyline and also the covers which are simply striking and rew my eye instantly The author mentioned what his influences were in writing this historical ish fantasy series in his guest post previously it bears a read to see the wide variety of influences The story begins in Empire Under Siege with a full L there are whispers in the bars and taverns Republic they urge and the name that is whispered is always the same Martius General Felix Martius has been charged with ending the threat from the horde but the emperor’s orders came late and there has been little time to gather an army The legions are. .