Tyrant's Blood : Book Two of the Valisar Trilogy Paperback
The second instalment of Fiona McIntosh's gripping epic fantasy, set in a world torn by revenge, love and ancient magic.
Ten years have passed since Loethar, the barbarian warlord from the Likurian steppes, devoured the Devona Set with his army of mercenaries, decimating their ruling families and settling in their primary kingdom of Penraven.
Believing the Valisar heirs of Penraven to be dead, he has styled himself as emperor and continues his efforts to integrate his people into the native population.
But abandoning his more violent methods of persuasion hasn't quelled the undercurrent of rebellion; for the Valisar heirs do live.
Hidden from the barbarian's wrath by loyal allies who risk everything for the future of their kingdom, they are bound to return and seek a tyrant's blood for the havoc he has wreaked.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, maps
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 08/07/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007276042
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Review by wyvernfriend
The Denova Empire is flourishing under Loethar, it helps that he's stopped eating people. He's pretty bored with peace, his brother is determined to get power, his wife tolerates him but hasn't produced any children, his mother is aging and bitter. To add to his problems are the children of the Valisars; Leo and Piven who are getting older and starting to have their own idead.How to say this without spoilers? Piven becomes interesting and I'm not sure I like it. Several characters die or change in this story but sometimes it feels like it's because the author has created too many characters and wants to cull them, or when she runs out of what to do with the plot she kills someone (or injures them). I think this might have been a bit better if it focussed on fewer characters, still it was a quick read and kept my attention. I will have to read the third book in this series to see what happens.