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The story follows a young woman named Aisha Talon who has undergone special training to become one of the Talon assassins/warriors/bodyguards/hired-knives. But we quickly learn that it is not because of Aisha's fighting prowess that she has successfully completed her training, for though she fights very well, it is her calculating mind that sees her through, as she constantly out-wits her opponents. We see this side of Aisha early on as she completes her training, and the authors utilize this ability of hers repeatedly throughout the book to solve various problems.
Fresh out of training, Aisha is assigned as the chaperone/bodyguard of a princess, and in an ensuing coup, the princess Rhiannon escapes with Aisha, and thus begins the quest to reclaim her throne. I suppose one could properly describe the book as a war story, as civil war is essentially at the heart of the matter, and there are very few chapters that do not center on the fighting. Rhiannon, under Aisha's guidance, learns to make alliances, make contracts with the Talons, twist arms to get what she wants, and win the people's support in the war.
Firstly, let me begin my review by talking about the magic system, as this is a fantasy. Magic revolves around a series of six sigils that impart powers such as warrior skills, lie detection, illusion, healing, and two others I can't now recall. But there is a seventh sigil, one that nobody has ever possessed before because the goddess granting it has never allowed the sigil to "take" to a man or woman. Until Aisha. She gains the power of negation, and keeps it a secret to hide her advantage.Read more ›
While the ideas in this story are wonderful, their execution is lacking. I noticed many times where the verb tenses were incorrect, as well as pronouns (they versus us) being used incorrectly, as though the author had lost their train of thought while writing and didn't catch the mistake in proof-reading the story. The dialogue was also a bit awkward in spots and needed to be a little more concise, even though the vocabulary of the book is appropriately complex. Also, toward the end of the book a character is described as "whining" when they have only ever shown strength and courage.
The other thing lacking was character development and plot twists. The main character, Aisha, is well developed, though she doesn't grow or change during the story. The girl she is charged with protecting, pri'Rhiannon develops more as a character than the hero of the story. Aisha also succeeds far too often, I can only recall one failure on her part during the entire story, and even that was worked out with little trouble, so there were no surprising or unexpected plot twists. The love story between Aisha and another character is unnecessary and not developed at all. One moment she is focused on fighting and duty, the next she is madly in love without ever really getting to know her love interest at all, or even spending more than a day with him.Read more ›
As the story continues we follow the growth of both Rhiannon as she becomes a young ruler and the growth of Aisha as a Talon who turns advisor and friend. We watch her struggle with the emotions the Talons frown upon and we see her turn into a woman.
This was a very enjoyable story with a little bit of some slow parts as we see battle plans because they are at war. But all in all it is a new story, a refreshing take on the whole underdog tale. It is pretty enjoyable where we can imagine these characters as real people. I would not have been disappointed if I had purchased this book instead of getting it free on Amazon.
I have to laugh, though, at authors who use medieval-sounding words without bothering to pick up a dictionary and see what they actually mean. In one place these authors have an army of 200 camping in the wilderness, and their camp is a square which is a league on a side. A league is three miles. These 200 soldiers are occupying nine square miles. Now, in western Kansas, a wheat field is usually 40 acres, so there are 144 of them in nine square miles. Two out of every three soldiers in this army have an entire wheat field to himself and only about a third of them have to share. I live in Kansas City, Missouri at about 3500 south and 1200 east. So a league goes from my house to the river in the north, and, since the state line is 400 west, it goes 20 blocks into Kansas to the west from my house. So a square league encompasses all of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, all of downtown Kansas City, Kansas, and ten blocks of residential area on the Kansas side. 200 people could wander around in that area for days without ever seeing each other. Even if they used the smallest league in history, the Roman league, which is only a mile and a half long, this is too much territory for 200 soldiers. That's still 2 and a quarter square miles, some 1600 acres.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining read without having to stretch your brain or imagination. I enjoyed it as light reading.Published 5 months ago by rcran
Entertaining...enjoyed meeting the many sides of the the main character.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book was entertaining. I connected with the characters immediately. I enjoyed this book as a quick fun read.Published 9 months ago by Laura G.
This is a classic swords and chain mail maiden book. Although the maiden does not wear defensive chain mail, she is a deadly assassin/bodyguard. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David G
But instead it was a good story ruined by an unnecessary and ill-fitting romance tacked on the end. The setting, the characters, the magic of the sigils, all was very interesting... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cris
I only wish Daems wrote more books! I discovered The Shadow Gypsy and that 2 book work launched my love affair with this author. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RB
The author has created a rich environment to landscape a story about talons. The spiritual ultimate honor bound mercenaries that follows one young initiate through deception, war... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jack B
This is a hard book to describe, I enjoyed the female warrior, and leader. It almost seemed like I was reading a comic book without the pictures! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
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