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The Circle (Circle of Conspiracy) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 28, 2014
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"These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. I, for one, can't wait to find out what will happen next." ~Janet Morris: author of The Sacred Band of Stepsons; Writing Fantasy Heroes; The Warrior's Edge.
"Cas Peace has really done it up right this time. The Circle, Book Two in the Circle of Conspiracy Trilogy, is a real barnburner. In past books Ms Peace has demonstrated the ability to create fast-paced action and unremitting tension. In this novel she shows a maturing ability to handle conflict, orchestrating the suspense beautifully. Recommended for all Fantasy and Action Adventure fans."
Gordon A Long: author of A Sword Called Kitten series; World of Change series; Why Are People So Stupid?
"A superb read. Non stop intrigue and action. I literally could not put it down. Am now impatiently awaiting book 6. Anyone needing a good series to read should take up Book 1 and get started. Cas Peace has created an unforgettable hero(ine) in Sullyan and a world that ranks alongside Middle Earth and Westeros.
~David C Snell, Amazon reader.
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The story continues the conflict set up in â€œThe Challenge,â€ where unknown traitors set the two realms against each other by kidnapping the heir apparent of each and leaving evidence to suggest it was the leaders of the other realm who did the deed. Sullyan, stripped of rank and support, sets off alone with the faithful Taran to solve the problem, while the other characters muddle themselves deeper and deeper into chaos.
A small spoiler Iâ€™m happy to pass along; Taran, from the start, gives up on his teenage hormonal angst and starts acting like the hero we have all been hoping he would become. In general, we get to spend much more time with the characters we have grown to like in this series, and in spite of the fact that the poor souls are constantly in the throes of deftly handled tension, I find that a great improvement.
The form of the book is to follow four distinct plot streams. They separate at the beginning of the story and each goes its own way. Then they all rush back to the denouement with a crash. Twice. Our point of view jumps from one to the next, leaving each set of characters in a more difficult situation every time, and the tension builds throughout the story to a literally thunderous climax.
There is one curious twist at the end that really puzzles me. It is either a big hole in the plot, a blatant manipulation on the part of the author (which I donâ€™t suspect) or a new direction for a main character. I assume the next book will deal with it. I will leave it to readers to figure out what Iâ€™m talking about.
â€œThe Circleâ€ fulfills this readerâ€™s love of great action sequences driven by powerful and relatively straightforward emotions.
Recommended for all Fantasy and Action Adventure fans. It is unfortunate that this wonderful work comes in the middle of a series. It almost functions as a standalone novel, but Iâ€™m afraid there is too much back-story required to jump in, cold. However, if you are a newcomer and want to get a taste of the best of the â€œArtisans of Albiaâ€ series, this is your book.
Given that four books have already rampaged their way across the battle-scarred landscape of the Artesans Series, I wasn't expecting the fifth to surprise me. I was wrong. We've already had more fights, treachery, torture, sorcery and conspiracies than you can shake a silver staff at, but The Circle still managed to shock me and left me eagerly Googling when the next one comes out.
I won't spoil the story, but if you like suspense, vengeance and some nasty twists you should buy this book.
This one might well be my favourite so far and I highly recommend it.