With a ferocious-yet-fragile heroine, resonant themes, and a sweepingly gorgeous backdrop, Amaskan’s Blood delivers food for thought and frank enjoyment.”
5/5 stars. Amaskan’s Blood is an easy book to start reading. The reader begins this way - dropped into the action of a desperate kingdom, one looking for fast answers in a hostile environment. War has entered the castle, and the King has found a way to protect his daughters, so he thinks. The result of this decision haunts the kingdom as well as other kingdoms for many years. One daughter grows up in the castle and is sheltered, the other is given up to an assassin’s life. Years later, an evil prince is bound to a clueless and sheltered princess, and the abandoned princess with an assassin’s heart and skill has to be called in to provide protection.
What makes this a great book is what happens after. There are so many contentious areas in such a short and necessary time, that there is no room for error, no room for doubt, when it comes to the evil that befalls the main characters and their kingdom and livelihood. There aren’t any dry moments, such as one may find in a half-completed story with a deadline.
There is great precision and mystery with this author and her story here. After wading into this story, do not expect to have too much free time until you’re done with this book. Once you get into it, you’ll be living in this kingdom, hoping for its survival and for justice to be served. Amaskan’s Blood is nothing short of the complete narrative journey, coming-of-age, seeking the meaning of life, and getting to the bottom of great mystery. Make your way to through to the last page, and you will have found a kingdom you wouldn’t mind checking up on from time to time.
An exciting epic fantasy filled with intrigue and layers upon layers of well crafted secrets and lies.” 4/5 stars.
Science-fiction & fantasy author, Raven Oak, will have a book reading & signing event for her new fantasy novel, Amaskan's Blood. Books will be available for purchase at the event by Grey Sun Press.
Saturday, February 21st from 8-10 PM at Wayward Coffeehouse in Seattle, WA (6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104).
More details available at www.ravenoak.net