Title: The Sacred King
Author: Laura Gill
Publisher: Phaze Books
Buy Link: Buy The Sacred King Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
As the Achaean Greeks consolidate their hold on Minoan Crete, the former priestess Ariadne and her husband, the Achaean prince Taranos, struggle with both personal tragedy and political difficulties.
Centuries of Cretan tradition are overturned as a vicious Achaean mercenary becomes Sacred King and takes the new High Priestess as his concubine.
And when a handsome young hero arrives to rescue the beautiful Amaja, he finds he will need Ariadne, Taranos, and the gods of Crete to help him.
One of the hardest parts of writing a sequel is reintroducing the characters. You want to give enough information so a new reader can get to know them, but not so much that an old reader would be bored with the repeated information. This story falls more on the not enough information side. This makes the first part a little hard to get into, because there are a lot of characters who just appear without context of who they are or why they are there.
That said, the characters and story are wonderful. Everything feels very real and there is a great sense of urgency for the events taking place. The religion, which is large part of the story, has many great rites and rituals, and the characters feel very devout in their belief.
The climatic battle at the end is very intense, but I wonder if it isn’t for the wrong reasons. This is a moment the hero should shine, it is his crowning moment of awesome, but the story focuses more on his father and step mother as they watch the battle from above. The death blow even happens off screen. I just think the scene would be better if the focus had remained on the battle.
Overall, a wonderful story and I highly recommend it.