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Choices Meant for Kings Hardcover – August 14, 2009
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Once upon a time, when someone came to me recommending a book, I would smile politely and promise to add it to my "I'll read that someday" pile. About five years ago, I started picking up books to read, but found that there were few that held my attention long enough to finish. Even more unusual was the series which would have me reading the second (or more) installment. There are two "series" of books for which I anxiously await the next one, and the "Choices" series is one of those. (There used to be four such "series," but two of them seem to have concluded.)
The good: Ms. Lender's style balances well between description and movement. There are no several-page sequences describing a tree, or anything else, except perhaps the main characters (even that is spread throughout the books). Conversation moves at a lively pace; the spoken wit of the main characters never seems contrived. Several plotlines take the narrow and difficult path instead of the easy way out. These are the little things that so easily distract me from other novels, particularly in fantasy, but "Choices" avoids the pitfalls of triviality. The author does not spend too much time trying to convince you that her world is real; instead, she writes with an assumption that it is. This gives the novel the feel of a conversation about the country of Spain, not some galaxy far, far away with different physics and endless description of how things are different. Onweald lives.
The bad: Well, this is a 5-star review, so ... there is not much in this category. "Choices Meant for Kings" had fewer "showdowns" of might between key players and most of those are held off to the end. As someone who enjoyed Ms. Lender's depictions of key confrontations in the first book, this was mildly disappointing to me. In fairness, as a trilogy, I suspect a great many of these will happen in the third book as this is a common problem for a three-book series. Of course, the worst thing of all is that I cannot simply purchase the third volume and get all of these running plots out of my mind!
These are books you will want to have on your shelf. Your friends may not have heard of them, but if they go through your collection (as mine often do), you can give them a knowing smirk and recommend "Choices" to them without hesitation.
Could it be that he's the evil goddess, Julette, who walks the world of Onweald now in a dragon's body? Maybe she turned one of her soldiers into a dragon to spy on her. Julette will stop at nothing to over throw Onweald & stop the Taiman line. If the line ends, it means the end of geasa.
Since the youngest Taiman brother married, Chariss and all of the gods and goddesses of Arcana have lost their geasa. Now, they have to battle the evil goddess Julette to get it back.
The Goddess of War, looks out of her bed chamber window to view her army on the front lawn below. We can handle anything Julette hands us. Little does she know that Julette has placed spies among them!
To add to Chariss' problems, she finds that she is also The Masters Protector. The Master is Rohn, God of Onweald. He seems to think that he can do just about anything he did before. He does realize that he's lost his geasa like the other gods and goddesses. Chariss has her hands full protecting him. Her problems don't stop with the god Rohn, however.
The evil wizard, Drake who is also Julette's puppet, has been chasing her down since she was little. He wants her for his own evil purposes.
I highly recommend this fantasy! This isn't just your regular romance but it's also a war story with a high body count.
The author takes us into the world of Onweald with ease making us feel like we're fighting right alongside Chariss and her loyal followers!
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