I’ve been waiting impatiently, for this third book regarding the world of ‘Torsere’, since I finished ‘Union’ Book 2…
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
King Ryneq and his dragon rider consort, Nykin, return to Torsere to defend the kingdom against the lowland armies already camped along Torsere’s borders. Seran wants the dragons, and with a new witch in his ranks, war is inevitable.
With the elves of Hervath now helping them, Ryneq has a chance at holding Seran at bay. But the witch is using old dark magic, and as Nykin and the dragon riders battle her deadly attack, unexpected betrayal forces Ryneq to make a difficult decision.
Faced with the prospect of losing his kingdom, Ryneq gambles on a plan that could ultimately save Torsere, if they can stay alive long enough to see it through. With Ryneq standing against Seran and his witch, time is of the essence, and Nykin must make a sacrifice to end the war. Only then will Ryneq and Nykin be able to start a life together.
Let me start by saying I love the world Annabelle Jacobs has created for her series. ‘Torsere’ is a medieval land with a huge stone Palace/castle where King Ryneq and his consort Nykin, the dragon rider, live with a host of other interesting and absorbing characters. However, if you are reading this book you will already know this, as this is a series where you really need to read the books in order. That order being Capture, Union and Alliance.
Alliance takes up from where Union ends with the return to the soon to be besieged ‘Torsere’. This episode is intense from their arrival onwards, as they are surrounded by a huge enemy army lead by the evil Seran and a powerful witch. There is magic; both good and bad; dragons, all wonderful, but I love Fimor; betrayal and a really unpleasant witch! Plus, be prepared, the dragons don’t have an easy time in ‘Alliance’…
I love the world building, and the tension evoked by a long castle seige is very well written and totally believable. This is where the author succeeds very deftly. In fantasy in order to get your reader to suspend disbelief, the author must present the alternative in a believable manner. Annabelle Jacobs succeeds in this throughout her ‘Torsere’ series.The ending felt like an ending, and a good one…I’m not sure if this was always meant to be a trilogy, but it worked as one. However, I, for one, would not mind delving into this world again should the occasion arise.
If I had a complaint it would be that the middle section was a little too long. There was a lot of talking and surmising about what could happen, which meant the important last few chapters felt a little rushed, but I would recommend this series to all lovers of high fantasy…to those waiting to read Alliance you have a very enjoyable, tense ride ahead!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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