Sunday, February 13, 2011

Nor Iron Bars A Cage

Nor Iron Bars A Cage, Caprice Hokstad, Ascension Trilogy, Fantasy, Splashdown Books, 2010, 379 pages.

Synopsis: In a last-ditch effort to find his kidnapped son, Duke Vahn sends his most trusted servant to pose as a runaway slave in the hostile country of Ganluc. Meanwhile, the challenge he faces at home is no less daunting. This beautiful story is full of images: servitude in leadership, ungrudging chivalry, and a love that endures through adversity.

My thoughts: The previous book in this series was more character-driven than goal-driven. That wasn’t quite to my taste, although I’m not saying I don’t like a lot of character. The character was quite good! This second book was more appealing, as it had more of a goal in mind. However, the first 150 pages or so were somewhat boring, so readers may not finish, depending on how boring they find it. Once the action kicked in, the story became very intriguing and delightful. The slave and master themes are really cool and aren't used this well in most Christian fantasy fiction.

My rating: 3 stars

This book was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I admit, the cover is a *huge* turn off but the plot itself may be alright. I am looking for books pretty desperately..I'll give it a try.

  2. Lol Millard I'll agree about the cover art. Though I have seen much worse.
    The basic plot sounds good. Just I don't think I could get past the first 150 pages. Thanks Noah for the insightful review.

    BTW how do you hear of all these authors? 90% of your reviews are by
    people I've never heard of.

  3. Many of the more recent authors I've reviewed books for have provided me with their book free, and you can find them if you look up the Lost Genre Guild and Splashdown Books

  4. Thanks! I have heard of Lost Genre Guild but not Splashdown Books.