Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Leopard Stratagem by T. A. Uner (The Leopard King Saga, Tome 2)

The Leopard Stratagem
by T.A. Uner

My rating: 5 stars

Saga: Leopard King - Tome 2
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: T. A. Uner
Genre: Epic Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Print Length: 407 pages
Available from: Amazon


Camus Scorpio, the vicious criminal overlord, who for years tormented the good merchants of Rome, is dead. His ruthless army of thugs and bloodthirsty killers wiped out by the avenging force of Tullus the Leopard King, the Leopardess Celestra, and their Troupe.

But the victory is a costly one. Anna, Tullus’ lover, is dead, and her departure serves as an open wound to all her friends in the Troupe. Needing time to collect himself and continue developing his magical abilities, Tullus decides to seek out the wisdom of a reclusive wizard named Hradack, also known as the Leopard Master and a product of the Age of Paladins.

In Rome Eliana becomes involved in political intrigue and finds herself caught up in a conspiracy involving a persecuted race called the Dryads.

Decimus, now a prominent Centurion in the Praetorian Guard, is assigned to a new Roman Legion in Switzerland, where he faces the biggest challenge of his military career.

As Tullus’ power in Elemence grows, he foresees a hideous plot by an unknown enemy called Serpentus, who has kidnapped his Troupe friends and is holding them hostage on the island of Capri.

Unbeknownst to Tullus, Serpentus seeks revenge against the Leopard King and Celestra, and has armed himself with arcane powers. Under the tutelage of a fanatical cleric, Serpentus harbors plans of destroying the Leopard King and Celestra before embarking on a destructive path of conquest.

The Leopard Stratagem (Leopard King Saga, #2)My Review
The Leopard Stratagem by T. A. Uner

Prepare to re-enter the world of ancient Rome, where excess is a way of life, power and wealth are flaunted and politics make strange bedfellows. The champion of the masses has become the target of vicious bounty hunters with spells and powers beyond those of mere mortals. Tullus is the Leopard King and his incantra, the Leopardess, Celestra is his other half, both filled and strengthened by the magic they share. The Leopard King Saga continues with Tome Two, The Leopard Stratagem as T. A. Uner casts his own spell over the world he has created and the inhabitants he has brought to larger than life existence.

As this tome begins, once again T. A. Uner displays his gift for fantasy by alternating the focus on pivotal events and characters, giving each enough spotlight time to truly demonstrate the vastness of both this world and the events taking place simultaneously. Intrigue, evil villains, true heroes and those with a cause to champion bravely step forward, with the Leopard King and Celestra never far from their thoughts. As the bounty on their heads brings the dregs of the earth out from their lairs, Tullus and Celestra must fight for every inch of freedom they strive to gain. The glory of being the one to take down a living legend and the riches promised makes for unsavory alliances, ungodly beasts and some of the most tension-filled battles imaginable.

Together, they are a formidable team, but there are those who wish to separate them for their own evil plans. Will they succeed? Have the Leopard King and his Leopardess been backed into a corner they cannot escape from together?

The most wicked of them all has a personal vendetta raging against the Leopard King, Serpentus will have his revenge, or so he thinks, but not if the Wolf Lord or Croctus Reptilius have their way.

Be prepared to lose yourself into this madly wicked melange of adventure and strife as good versus evil wage battle after battle and the crazed Caligula names himself a god of the world he is losing control over. Chaotic as the world that these characters live in seems, each event is like the spoke on a wheel and they all lead to the heart of this tale, the Leopard King. Some heroes are just that big and T. A. Uner knows how to bring them to life.

A last note: I am particularly impressed that T. A. Uner does not leave his readers in the dark regarding the spells used in this tale. Without slowing down the action with lengthy “info” dumps, he has included an entire glossary of terms, and what each spell does. I would highly recommend referring to this font of information either prior to reading or after, and you will discover how each named spell actually acted and how their name relates to what they do. As I read each one, I was reminded of where the spell was used, almost like watching the highlights of the best epic ever told!

I received this ARC edition from T. A. Uner in exchange for my honest review.


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