Chains of Blood and Steel is the second book in the Saga of Thistles and Roses by author Karen Gray. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that since reading the first book I have been looking forward to this one for some time. I can honestly say it did not disappoint.
Without spoiling too much of the first book for those who have yet to read it, this book follows on from the first plot. Mòrag continues to explore and develop her powers, yet the book’s real focus this time is on Ava. We learn a lot about her character and the circumstances surrounding her, including what it means for her to be the Spymaster’s daughter. Characters who played smaller roles in book one step forward into the light and further enhance the story, whilst all the time, their own experiences relate in some way to the events that are occurring.
Once again the author ensures you are invested in the characters, and surprisingly, when we meet a character I expected to like, I discovered he was actually a real arse. A nice surprise and a step away from the norm that most books seem to automatically default to.
Again the book was a fun and enticing read and we see so much growth in the characters. The more I read of this author, the more I want to. I can’t believe I have to wait until June now to find out what happens. The plot is interesting, and well woven with threads from sub-plots and backstories.
You can certainly bet that as soon as book three is available for pre-order I will be pressing that button.
Just on a slight tangent, I feel it is worth mentioning here that the first book, For King and Country (My review can be found here Review, For King and Country) made number one on the Amazon best sellers rank. So if you haven’t already picked up your copy, you should.