Publishing Date: March 2014
Publisher Description: Loyalty costs money. Betrayal, on the other hand, is free.
When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand — and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But the Red Knight has a plan. The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time — especially when he intends to be victorious on them all?
Review: I like the cover art. Quite medieval.
I don’t think I am qualified to give this an adequate review as a stand alone novel, as reviewers stated they loved the first novel in the series while this one fell flat.
This started out as a really good read. Defined characters, great scene building and a story-line you might begin to care about. Then things go awry. The story-line is so schizophrenic that it doesn’t wait for new chapters, it just changes as it pleases. Every chapter begins this new character and scene building, then goes back to prior chapters that are somehow supposed to coalesce at some point.
To say this novel was disjointed and confusing gives it too much credit. You start getting into certain characters only to have the author abandon them and never build upon them again. This would have been a first class read but the author tried to put too much into building a world of epic proportions.