Commitments: The Order – Book 2, A.C. Donaubauer

Commitments: The Order – Book 2,  A.C. Donaubauer

Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy

 

I had to cast my mind back to book one, reread a little to put me back in that world. It’s a place full of magic, one that feels kind of historical with its reliance on horses etc and lack of modern technology. Kind of what the world would be like a couple of centuries back if it contained magic – well, that’s how it feels to me anyway.

At the end of the last book a delegation from Eryn’s birth country  had visited, and for Eryn parts didn’t go well to say the least. Ram’an too, if you count his broken nose! You’d think now the visit is over life will return to its usual pace.

Well, Eryn has thrown all “normal” into disarray since she was found out, and her forceful disposition ensures she’s at the forefront of more changes, and creating a healing centre where magicians can be taught to heal and people treated whatever their income. I love her character – she’s strong and very moral, always out to do what’s right no matter the personal cost.

She’s learning court politics too rather than her usual way of kind foo blunderbuss-ing her way through protocols and causing ruffled feathers. I feel for her when she’s impatient at the red tape and rules, when she Just Wants to Get Things Done! Slowly though she’s come to realise that playing the game gets her way quicker in the end.

Enric’s a past master at this, but for me the real champion is the King. He’s young in years but incredibly shrewd and his ability to think for the long term and move  players where he wants them has to be admired. Usually I hate people who manipulate others but he does in in a way that’s for everyone’s good eventually, and he takes time to talk to Eryn about what and why he’s acted as he has, after she’s fallen for yet another of his schemes….

Then there’s Enric, and I love him too. He’s been turned on his head by his love for Eryn, and he’s so good at letting her have her way just so far before he intervenes. Sometimes though his jealousy causes friction and this time the King takes advantage of that to bring him and Eryn where he wants them – which is on a delegation to visit Eryn’s birth land. That’s an expedition not without danger, the King can’t refuse the request for Eryn to visit without causing ill feeling, but there’s the danger they may not let her return – possession is 9/10’s of the law and all that.

At over 900 pages once more its a terrific read, and the length means I can really got “lost” in the book, and lets time for little details of day to day life be explored, and that ultimately makes me feel I understand the players and their needs and schemes so much better. The visit to her birthplace  brings dangers to Eryn and Enric, seems Eryn’s mother has some plans for her, and of course Ram’an is still convinced Eryn and he would be a perfect match. Enric? Oh Ram’an isn’t worried about him, doesn’t seem his relationship with Eryn as a bar, and yet after their last encounter he should be.

Its politics all the way and a game both Ram’an and Enric are skilled at, but one Eryn is still learning. She’s getting there fast though, and the visit to her homeland gives her a crash course in scheming.

Stars: five, another long and enjoyable read.

ARC supplied by author

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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