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King's Envoy (Artesans of Albia) (Volume 1)
"Cas Peace weaves her story with the skill of the most accomplished Artesan. If imagination were an element, she'd be a Master-elite."
Steven D Jackson: author of Shifter.
"A sequel that more than justifies this author's reputation. Peace's prose pulls you along at a pace that wants you to keep turning the page. No scene is wasted, there is no action without cause. I await its successor with barely restrained patience."
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About the Author
Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can. Her other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses,(she supports many animal charities) and also singing. Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website, www.caspeace.com.
Top customer reviews
The King's Envoy is an enticing entry to the Artesan of Albia trilogy, and once you start you will not wish to stop. The people inhabiting this world will become dear friends and you will thrill at their triumphs and despair and their perils. I give this a 5-star rating only because I cannot give it 10 stars.
What are you waiting for? The world of Albia awaits.
King's Envoy pulled me in from the beginning and left me gasping for breath at the end. Well plotted, well thought out characters-full of emotions, 5 realms to explore (only two are mentioned in this book though) and vivid descriptions that are not too wordy make this a book well worth the money. I cannot wait to dive into the next one, having a suspicion who the mysterious Baron is...but needing just a few more clues...Good thing the King's Champion is next on my tbr pile- otherwise, some discreet shifting around of the titles may have been quite necessary.
Are hero is Taran, no Sully, no Robin... No you don't know who the hero is and the structure is so poorly developed. There is an invasion of two platoons of thirty men, and then several companies of 400 men each are needed to stop it. One company led by a captain who never had to command before, but he is a Captain and has been one for many years.
They live in a manor that has hallways so long and intersecting that you can get lost and closed common rooms instead of ones that are open affairs that barracks would have instead of a building so massive that thousands of men, and a stable for as many horses can support.
World building is not strong here. Nor a reality that people could live in. Or why is our lead Taran really such a fool who says he has searched for other spell users but could not find them, when there are several not but a days ride away? There are places in the narrative that are clear info dumps, and what could have been a stronger tale are mired in that our heroes country has no one at all smart enough to understand what are villains are about. Yet those who live in the country of our villain all can see the plots.
So aside from the bad guys doing bad things, they seem to be the side with the brains. Why then should we like the heroes?
Before you know it, you’re riding along with Robin and Bulldog as they follow their much adored Major Sullyan into adventure, romance, and betrayal. I found myself smiling at the sly innuendo bantering back and forth between the handsome Robin and the captivating Sullyan, who by the way, is a strong capable woman with her own frailties and weaknesses. The characters are authentic. The story is captivating, and overall, this is one of the best reads I’ve come across in awhile. It was such a pleasure that I’ve already invested in the next two books in this series.
So - if you have the notion to escape for a moment, I know a portway to where the metaforce is calling.
Come into the Fourth Realm and . . . enjoy.
So we have a huge world with lots of possibility to look forward to. That's the first thing that stood out for me. The second was the fact that there is no flawless shining hero here. All of the characters have their faults. They make their mistakes and they have to live with the consequences and guilt that come with them. There is a potential to screw everything up at various moments and considering Cas' cliffhanger ending, we don't know if some of the decisions will come back to haunt them or not.
She drew me in, made me fall in love and left me wanting more. What more could an author want for a first book in a series? I'm looking VERY forward to book two.
Thank you to Rhemalda Publishing and Cas Peace for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
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