The Agben School (The Legend of the Gamesmen Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Birr Elixir, the first book in the series. I didn’t think the next one could get much better, but it did. The descriptions painted more vivid imagery, the characters were relatable and their actions and reactions very human, and there were plot twists I never saw coming. This is shaping up to be a unique and highly enjoyable fantasy series.
In this installment, we follow Marra and the Gamesmen across the sea to the capital of the Skullan people, where the major games and tournaments for Comet take place. Among them is a new character, Tryst, a Skullan pretending to be a Truemen. He was originally under a strong sleeping spell. Having rescued Tryst from men who were up to no good, the Gamesmen dragged his sleeping body along for the ride while Marra, their ‘Brista’ or herbalist, continued to try different potions to break the sleeping spell. Tryst gratefully helped the group in any way he could, such as teaching them self-defense, new Comet moves from the main continent, and joining the team for games when they needed another person. Once they arrive at the city, Drail and the team realize things are tougher in the big leagues than back home. They encounter prejudice from the Skullan teams for their Truemen racial heritage. The Prince of the Skullan people has been missing and is presumed dead, at the hands, they say, of Truemen, heightening racial tensions within the city. Drail starts to lose heart, but regains his determination and drive to succeed at Comet, despite the obstacles and hard work it will take to get where he’s going. As the story moves forward, twists occur that keep you reading on.
What’s unique about this series? This series blends a fascinating fantasy setting with team sports. The sport is called “Comet”, a game in which teams of men try to sink balls in different hoops. The tricky part is you may not know how many points a particular ball will be worth until after you sink it, however, that just adds the element of strategy and keen wits to the game. It’s not just about physical prowess, it requires real thought behind the plays and a study of the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Jo Sparkes brings the sport to life, making you feel as though you were in the stands watching the game, rooting for your favorite team. I found myself yelling “Sink that ball!” and “No!” at my kindle a couple of times, as if the players could hear me.
If you haven’t read The Birr Elixir, the first in the series, I recommend starting with it and getting them both. If you enjoy sports and love fantasy novels, this series is right up your alley. Even if you’re not that into sports, you’ll still enjoy it as a fantasy genre fan.
But Tryst is denied access to the palace. Everything has changed since he left over a year ago on his epourney. A journey to see the world and come home an experienced man. Rumours have spread that Truemen have murdered the Prince and that an imposter may be in his place.
Meanwhile Drail and his Gamesmen must begin at the bottom of the Gamesmen league after a humiliating start in the Gold Harbour arena. Marra is in danger and goes to the Agben school to learn more about herbs and potions. Here they discover she has a rare and natural talent and she uses her skills to help both Drail and Tryst uncover a deep and sinister plot.
This series just gets better, I really enjoyed all of Marra's experiences at the Agben school and the games of Comet are mush easier to follow now that I'm into the second book. The story will continue in the next book.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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Fun fast paced story
Quiet and competent heroine.
Slow burn almost romance- I'm rooting for Tryst
Can't wait for Book 3
The Agben School is the exciting sequel to The Birr Elixir which I read...Read more