Alison Naomi HoltCreating adventure one character at a time
The Aramis Cantus Short Stories
Sansha, an orphan with a secret to die for, running from a man willing to kill to possess it.
Aramis Jaes, the most powerful woman ever to lead the queen’s guard, the K’w’kai. Two goals consume her. First, protect the queen. Second, recover the scattered descendants of the Sky People – a powerful alien race decimated by the queen mother’s genocidal obsession with their familiars.
Strength doesn’t always require great power. Sometimes, weakness conquers all.
Aurelia “Bree” Makena, the Duchess of Danforth, waits on a beach near Port Emnal in front of her three thousand troops. As the waves lap against the hooves of her battle mare, Lioth, Bree watches the enemy ships deploying more warriors against her than she’d ever thought possible. Victory may prove an insurmountable task.
Soon enough, however, she discovers that wrestling victory from defeat in this battle is just the beginning. Because the landing force is only a diversion for the real attack—one that if successful, will defeat her Anacafrian king more surely than an arrow driven through his heart.
You are invited to enter Ar’rothi, a world as vividly realized as Narnia or Middle Earth, a world where animal spirits guide humans towards enlightenment, and in which a warrior duchess and a disgraced princess must join forces against an evil that threatens everything they have learned to love.
Alison, being the ex-cop that she is, is writing about a subject that she knows intimately and it shows in this book and it’s sequel, “Credo’s Legacy”. I find it refreshing that this author, coming from a police background–a very serious and sometimes deadly occupation–has such a keen sense of humor…..it’s definitely an added plus to her story telling.
I am continually impressed with the Ar’rothi series. From the opening lines of Book 3, I was gripped with the tension of battle and the details of tactics. In fact, I blazed through the opening chapters needing to know what happens next.
More than just battles, this book continues the growth of Kaiti, the Spirit Child, her importance in the world, and her maturing into a fighter who will do anything to protect her friends and those she loves.
There are real dangers here, injuries take real tolls, and death is always at hand. But so is love, redemption, and passion.
In this book, we learn much more about previously side characters and their importance to the continuing saga. And, as all good books in a series, it leaves the reader wanting more, anticipating the next book. Book 4 cannot come too soon.
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