Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review: Shades of Virtue (Dragon Rising #2) by Jack Whitsel

Nearly two years have passed since the Harhn incursion. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region.
In the Hugue, a tournament champion is foreseen to have an impact on future events. The Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.

My Thoughts:

This is an exciting fantasy adventure story in a historical medieval setting. It has sorcery, battles, and jousting knights. There is a tournament and the winner will win the hand of Lady Basina and get her land. The story follows several different characters so it is difficult to predict the outcome. I enjoyed the funny insults and curses. Shades of Virtue is the second book in the Dragon Rising series. You don't have to have read the first, though it helps. 

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!!
*Notes: Rape, gore, language

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