The thrilling conclusion to the breathtaking saga of power, blood, birthright, and enchantment.
The barbarian King Loethar may have gained his throne through brutality and bloodshed, but he has ruled Penraven with unexpected wisdom. Now his innumerable past sins threaten his reign—as Valisars who escaped slaughter prepare to rise up. Loyalties shift and new alliances are formed as the truth of history begins to emerge.
King-in-exile Leonel hungers for revenge against the man he considers the usurper of his throne. Yet Leo is unaware of another who wields the enchantment he covets—the once-charming "halfwit" brother Piven, now a powerful youth whose exceptional cunning is matched only by his ruthless desire for the throne.
But the efforts of all three to hold or gain control of Penraven may well be in vain, for the true inheritor of the Valisar Legacy is being called home . . . to claim her crown.
A climatic end to the series
All the surviving characters from the previous books are drawn together to see who will end up ruling the Empire. Lots of loose ends tied up and a few surprises! If you like magic and suspense combined then go and start at the beginning of this series or even to the first of 12 books by Fiona which are set in the same fantasy world.
1677, on a late summer's evening, two ships lurk off the coast of southwest Ireland. They are Barbary corsairs from North Africa, slave catchers. As soon as it is dark, their landing parties row ashore to raid a small fishing village - on the hunt for fresh prey... In the village, seventeen-year-old Hector Lynch wakes to the sound of a pistol shot. Moments later, he and his sister Elizabeth are taken prisoner. From then on, Hector's life plunges into a turbulent and lawless world that is full of surprises. Separated from Elizabeth, he is sold to the slave market of Algiers, where he survives with the help of his newfound friend Dan, a Miskito Indian from the Caribbean. The two men convert to Islam to escape the horrors of the slave pens, only to become victims of the deadly warfare of the Mediterranean. Serving aboard a Turkish corsair ship, their vessel is sunk at sea and they find themselves condemned to the oar as galley slaves for France. Driven by his quest to find his sister, Hector finally stumbles on the chilling truth of her fate when he and Dan are shipwrecked on the coast of Morocco...
I hadn't read anything by this author and knew nothing about Barbary pirates so I started reading with enthusiasm. The book took me sometime to get into. The first half didn't get me hooked and I was very slow going. It was very interesting factually but the pace was quite slow. When I got to the second half in Morocco I couldn't put the book down and enjoyed it much more! Not sure I will read any more of the adventures of Hector Lynch but this was enjoyable once I persevered and got into it.
It is 43 AD and Centurion Lucius Cornelius Macro is based in Germany with the Second Legion. Macro is prepared to lead his men against any foe, but is shocked to discover that his next campaign will take him to Britain, a land of barbarity.
History with a bit of blood and guts
If you like your history with a bit of blood and guts then this is a good book for you! ? The first in a series of books about Macro and Cato and their experiences in the Roman army under Emperor Claudius. Plenty of historical information without interfering with the story. I found myself reading several hundred pages at a time as I wanted to carry on reading! Be warned an addictive series that will keep you coming back for more...