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Espionage: A Companion to Time Captives Paperback – May 16, 2016
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About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit: www.morganhuneke.com or www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com
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Vannie's real name is Savannah and she is the daughter of Sir Cumberland, a vassal lord from Briznom, who is very much against making any deals with the strytes. Sir Roland, on the other hand, thinks an alliance with them would be good. In fact he willing to commit murder for the alliance to come about!
Vannie although only just turning 9, is well versed in court procedures and politics. When the family receives an invitation to celebrate the Autumn Feast at Sir Roland's castle, she is very suspicious. What a surprise to meet Kyle, his son and discover how different he is from his father. Enjoy the read as Vannie and Kyle uncover a rather sinister plot as well as ending up in grave danger themselves.
For the most part this book is extremely well written. Obviously occurring in another world, I was amused when I read that chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans were for dinner. That just doesn't fit in with the 'old worldly' theme. Sorry! Great family read aloud, very clean. I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
Of course, I read it.
Espionage is a sweet little story, with a healthy dose of tension, centered around a very young heroine. Vannie has grown up surrounded by politics, as her father is one of her country's vassal lords (Their ruling system is something of an Oligarchy), and one of the few said lords who bothers to bring his children with him to court. When her father's arch-rival, Sir Roland, invites them for a friendly meeting at his castle, she smells a rat, but since she's only nine, and her father agrees to it, there's really nothing she can do to protest.
Once she reaches Sir Roland's estate, she meets Kyle, Sir Roland's son, who seems to be nothing like his father. Together they uncover a devious plot that involves a Stryte - which readers of the main Time Captives series would recognize as the invasive tyrannical ruling class Calhortz.
It was a good story, it really was, but I wasn't captivated by it like I was the main series. It was a nice addition to the world, but I didn't feel wowed by any high-concept ideas or great world-building. You meet a stryte and a few Merfolk, and that's it for the other races in the world, and there were only two or three mentions of the Time Captives. So while it was a good story, making it part of the Time Captives world almost felt forced.
It also had a very different feel from the rest of Morgan's work that I've read - instead of grand, sweeping tales with lots of characters and interspersed flashbacks, it's a very focused story, entirely from Vannie's point of view, since it's first person.
(It didn't help that I read this while reading another book which I found to be far more high-concept and kept me closer to the edge of my seat.)
This doesn't mean it wasn't a great book, it just wasn't quite the story I'd wanted.
Espionage is a story of faith, family, trust, forgiveness and resourcefulness. Vannie and Kyle are both great characters, as are their surrounding family and friends. The plot is tight and cohesive, and since there are fewer characters, they all seem far better developed. Things do get tense enough to keep you on the edge of your seat for a bit. It is a good addition to the world, even if it isn't as spectacular as the main series, and I'm pretty sure you could read and love it even if you had no plans at all to read the main books.
Miss Savanna Grace Cumberland is the 9 yr. old daughter of a vassal lord of a small, inland vassalage. Vannie, as she is called, is a bright intelligent girl although a bit outspoken at times, most times actually. Her mother and Nanny despair of her ever becoming ladylike. However she is well loved by all of them. Her father even allows and encourages Vannie in her interest of archery and hunting along with her desire to understand polices and attended the lords’ council meetings. None of that however keeps her from disliking the visits of her second cousin Kermit, who she was betrothed to as an infant.
When her family receives an invitation from Lord Roland to visit him at his Castle during the Autumn Feast, Vannie loudly protests. “Do we have to go Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.” Sir Roland has never seen eye to eye with her father and is heatedly on the opposite sides of the Calhortan Controversy.
Sir Roland believes that Briznom should become allies with the strytes in Calhortz to get protection from the privateers that keep ravaging the costal vassalages like his own. Vannie’s father, Lord Cumberland believes that allying Briznom with the strytes would be a disaster. The strytes are a race not to be trusted. They had invaded Calhortz and all but wiped out the other races that had been living there. No, the strytes were not to be trusted, but the lords were equally divided on the issue.
Vannie has a bad feeling about going to Roland Castle. So, when she thinks she sees a stryte one night at the castle, her imagination runs wild. Are her fears justified or just the products of her own imagination?
I must say that Vannie’s character really grew on my throughout the progression of the novella. Although I’m a few years above the intended reader’s age group, I did find myself cheering Vannie on. I loved the astonishment of Vannie when she discovered that Kyle, Lord Roland’s son, was a gentleman! The two go through a lot together and I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow. Overall, Espionage was a fun, quick read that introduced me to a new author that I look forward to reading more by.
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Back in November, I read this as a beta reader-slash-editor, and I really enjoyed the story.Read more