Chains of Blood and Steel (Book 2) (The Saga of Thistles and Roses by Karen Grey (Review)

Chains of Blood and Steel Book 2 (The Saga of Thistles and Roses series) by Karen Grey

Chains of Blood and SteelFormat: eBook

Source: Sent to me by author

Publisher: Self Published

Genres: Myths & Legends, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic

Publication Date: April 2016

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“Hours after the mental onslaught by Edward, Mòrag is still trying to piece things together. She trains daily with Colonel Tesso, in an attempt to bring her physical skills up to the standard of her mental ones.

Brax continues to struggle with visions of his master and fears his presence will put Mòrag in danger as his mental chains are pulled tighter and his grip of reality begins to loosen.

The Spymaster’s daughter struggles to deal with her abusive father, hiding a secret she is prepared to take to the grave; while John, who’s life has been a lie, discovers the truth about himself through Ava. Brought together by a chance encounter, they work together to break the chains of blood and steel that imprison them.”


My Thoughts & Review

This book continues from where the first one left off and while I was confused as to which century/world the first book was set in everything started to make a lot more sense.

Thinking back to the first book and then comparing this one, I personally thought Chain of Blood and Steel was the stronger and more enjoyable read, even though I enjoyed the first one. Chain of Blood and Steel just felt more compelling.

In this book we see many of the character’s from King and Country, but we are also introduced some new ones. In this book Mòrag’s character makes way for a new character Ava, who becomes the main protagonist in this book. I personally liked this changed. It made the story even more interesting. Karen has managed to do this change really well, as it doesn’t affect the way the story flows.

Although this book also started off a little slow at the beginning the pace picked up, and it was really hard to put down the book. I would have finished this book so much faster if I hadn’t been reading other books, that needed to be finished before this one.

By the time you have read this review I will hopefully have started or even finished the third book in the series. This series seems to be getting stronger with each book and can’t wait keep following the characters to see where they all end up.

If you’re looking for a good intriguing, character driven series then I highly recommend you give this one ago.

My Rating


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