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The Wrath of Kings and Princes (The Ossian Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Brondt Kamffer
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Book Description

Peace reigns at last in Osland, King Ayern unifying the long-divided land once again. But in twenty years since the last war, the Ossians have failed to pay attention to their enemies in Vistgard, where a simmering anger remains after their defeat in the heart of Osland.

Kjar Agger takes up his uncle Kolrig's throne and looks at once to renew the struggles between Vistgard and Osland. He is a servant of dark gods, a sorcerer, a fact he has kept closely guarded until the time is right to reveal it. He knows that open war will not break Osland, and so he plots a much darker and sinister end for his foes.

Meanwhile, Childe Cern, son and heir of King Ayern, approaches adulthood. His father wishes him to marry, but Cern desires a military career above all else. His childhood friend, Kjar Agger, and he reunite at this pivotal moment in Ossian history.

As Agger attempts to manipulate his friend, Cern encounters a mysterious young shepherd woman, Marra, a lady far too learned and genteel to be the daughter of peasants living on the moors. As Cern's affection for her grows, Agger seeks to use this secret romance to destroy Osland.

As Agger's lies and deception begin to succeed where might of arms have failed, Cern struggles to unravel Marra's mysterious past, for in her may lie the key to a lasting peace between Osland and Vistgard.

Recommended Reading Order for THE OSSIAN CHRONICLES:

Book 1 - THE WARS OF GODS AND MEN
Book 2 - THE WRATH OF KINGS AND PRINCES
Book 3 - THE PRIDE OF BLOOD AND EMPIRE

...or THE OSSIAN CHRONICLES, OMNIBUS EDITION, which contains the complete text of the three books, above...


Product Details

  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mjolnir (May 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050078GE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relatable characters, well-written July 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was surprised by how quickly and easily I became wrapped up in this book. It was unusual, at least for me, to be so instantly attached to a character in a fantasy piece; the author is fantastic at creating relatable and complex characters. This book alternates between the point of view of multiple characters (a Prince, a King, a Shepherdess to name a few), giving the reader a new perspective on overlapping events and lets the reader in on schemes developing throughout the novel.

I really don't have any criticism for this book. It was very clearly written; I'm not sure I've ever read a more clearly written fantasy piece. The plot line was intricate and the author set a nice pace for revealing the secrets/history of the characters.

The ending suits the book well and ties together the alternating points of view in a satisfying way. The last few chapters reveal several key character facts, much in the same vein of The Winter's Tale (from which the author drew inspiration).

This novel has adultery, murder, spoiled Princes, insane Kings, mad sorcerers and devious plots to keep you guessing. It was ultimately 5 stars out of 5 for me.

Review by: Erica of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book With a Not-so-excellent Ending July 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the pitfalls of being a reviewer is the annoying little critic's voice that lurks in my head while I read. The voice tends to comment on everything in the book, both good and bad, and distracts me from the story. But this is also how I know when I like a book: the little voice goes silent. When reading Brondt Kamffer's book, The Wrath of Kings and Princes, that annoying voice fell silent most of the time. Unfortunately, it reappeared at the end of the story.

The Wrath of Kings and Princes tells the story of Childe Cern, a rebellious young man who doesn't want to grow up to be a king like his father. In fact, he doesn't want to grow up at all. But when he reunites with a long-lost childhood friend and falls in love with a mysterious woman from the country, Cern discovers that he not only can follow his father's path, but that he must.

This is a complex book, full of multiple story lines and flashbacks. But Kamffer handles the different threads with such ease that the reader is never lost. The complexity also makes the book very entertaining. Unlike some fantasies which move slowly, Kamffer's book is never dull. The author is an excellent story teller, and his characters are multi-faceted and interesting. The romance is also wonderful. It's sweet without being syrupy, and adds a nice sparkle to the rest of the book.

One of the best traits of this novel is the tension at the end. The buildup is wonderful, and by the last forty pages, the book becomes nearly impossible to put down. But, unfortunately, that's where the trouble sets in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I picked up "The Wrath of Kings and Princes" because, like a lot of books a get for my kindle, it was free. Most of the free books I get are less than stellar (with some big exceptions), so I didn't have very high expectations of this book. I expected it to be decent, but nothing amazing. I was in for a big surprise.

Almost as soon as I cracked this book open (figuratively, of course), I was drawn in to this beautifully crafted world and began to relate to the cast of characters quickly. I don't want to go into detail and spoil the plot for you, but I'll just say that it is a fabulously well thought out and enticing story.

The world the writer has created here is among the most interesting I've encountered. The politics, religious feuds, and characters were all very believable and together, helped me fall in love with this fantastic book.

I'm a reader that is usually hard to please. That being said, this is one of the best books I have ever read. I only regret that I read the second book in the series first, but I plan on reading the entire series later on. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

W. Brondt Kamffer is South African by birth and a US immigrant (along with the rest of his family). He now resides in southern California where he lectures English composition at the California State University of Long Beach.

He became a writer only after he became an avid reader during his senior year of high school, right after he saw The Fellowship of the Ring film. That was his first encounter with fantasy, and he has been hooked ever since. Aside from a period of about two years when he focused on writing historical fiction, he has never wanted to write anything else. Even the poetry he wrote in creative writing classes as an undergrad was heavily influenced by his fantasy reading.

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