Cast in Stone, A. F. Dery
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Second book in the series, I’d not read book one but that wasn’t a problem, it’s easy to keep up.
Celia has been trained as a Judge, someone who uses their magic to see a persons past crimes and Judge them. The magic ensures the sentence is carried out. Its a tough job, but Celia feels she owes it to her Lord, who has taken care of her and her mage brother since they were children. She needs a Guardian though, but somehow all the ones she’s had so far have ended up dead very quickly. Being a Judge means she’s disliked and feared, so she copes but shutting off her emotions and concentrating on doing her job. The one thing she longs to do is to find and Judge Sebastian, a warlord who she holds responsible for the horrific torture she endured before she was rescued. Without a Guardian though she’s unable to travel.
Then she meets Rupert, and she thinks at long last she can undertake her journey. Things aren’t as they seem though, and she and Rupert have to sneak out from the castle. She’s promised her Lord, Tristan, that she’ll check out something for him that’s in the opposite direction to where she needs to find Sebastian, but she’s always conscious of duty and how much she owes him her life so she and Rupert set out that way. It brings them into some strange and dangerous adventures though, risking their lives, traveling incognito and finally finding out the truth. Along the way she goes from being cold and unemotional, to finding that she can have feelings, she can let go and not have to seal herself up- that change is brought about by Rupert. They start by disliking each other but travelling and going through such danger together opens their eyes to each other, bringing respect at first and slowly turning to more. When they reach the end of their journey Celia has a hard choice to make, her long help Vow of Judging for her torture, or her new love.
Well, its an interesting story, a very slow burn, almost innocent romance, nothing heart stopping or breath taking. I can’t even think they get as far as a kiss at the end, so not that sort of romance, but a simple, clean chaste type. The dangers were interesting and fit the theme of the story, the fantasy part, but overall it was just a simple one off read for me, and I’m not intrigued enough to search out the next book when its released. Horses for courses, and this just isn’t my kind of fantasy read. Its a wide spectrum and I want reads on the further side from this. I’m not a Terry Pratchett fan either and yet millions are – everyone enjoys different reads.
Stars: three. Interesting but a one off for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers