REVIEW: The Leopard Stratagem by T.A. Uner

The Leopard Stratagem (Leopard King Saga, #2)

The Leopard Stratagem
(Leopard King Saga #2)
Author: T.A. Uner
Publisher: Createspace Indpendent Publishing Platform
Published: September 23, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
My Rating:

fourstars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Life isn’t always about answers. Sometimes the questions themselves can Enlighten  us.”

I was given an Advance Reading Copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review.

This sequel is another masterpiece from the talented author T.A. Uner. I truly found myself compelled and drawn with this book– The Leopard Stratagem, the second installment of the Leopard King Saga. What happened during the first book (The Leopard Vanguard) was intense but I found out that this book is way better when it comes to the plotline and action scenes.

In this book, Tullus’ character improves a lot. He becomes stronger and much more determined to learn about the many things he can possibly do with his magic. Through the guidance of Hradack, the master of the Elemence, he was able to make himself better along with Celestra.

This book is hands down cleverly thought-out. I love the pacing and the originality the author crafted. However, I had a single issue. Most of the male characters seem to lack  a bit of consistency and uniqueness. I think their personalities also weren’t clearly defined. Added the fact that majority of their names ended up with letter us and ius so yeah, sometimes my mind was messed with the names, too.

But overall, this book is amazing and it kept me interested the whole time. And ugh, the cliffhanger ending, man! But it’s okay. I’m used to that kind of ending. Lol. 😀

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: The Leopard Vanguard by T.A. Uner

The Leopard Vanguard (Leopard King Saga, #1)

The Leopard Vanguard
(Leopard King Saga #1)
Author: T.A. Uner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: August 27, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
My Rating:

fourstars

Set during the early years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula,this first installment of the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents. Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardess named Celestra, he re-invents himself as The Leopard King, the most famous entertainer in all the Roman Empire. But when Tullus’ friend and Circus Ringmaster, Paullus Gabinius, is killed, Tullus and Celestra find themselves immersed in political intrigue and up against Paullus’ killers. Their struggle to avenge Paullus will also cause them to cross paths with corrupt Roman politicians, who know Paullus’ deadly secret-which has the power to destroy the Roman Empire.

MY THOUGHTS…

I was given a digital copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, author!) 🙂

I didn’t know what to expect from this book the moment I first had a glimpse on it. But instantly I was captivated by its cover. It looks nice and mysterious.

This book talks about the main character Tullus Acilius Ulixes, a Praetorian guard that lives during the ancient Roman years who happened to defy the insatiable politics around him by leaving his work and leaving Rome at the same time. While he journeyed outside Rome, he discovered something more interesting than life in Rome — magic and power. Together with Celestra, he experienced adventure which later on made him become stronger.

This book is historically-driven and with a blend of fantasy and well, romance. At first, I was a bit puzzled because of its numerous characters, but in the end I did have a good time reading it. I enjoyed Tullus’ exciting journey towards finding out his hidden skill in the world of magic. Of course, it became even more interesting because of his companion Celestra, who by the way, surprised me from the start.

By the time I finally got the real scope of this book, I found out that the author’s creativity with the plot and the world building itself is outstanding. T.A. Uner has an impeccable and unpredictable pacing which basically left me guessing what would happen next.

The ending is also fantastic and satisfying, yet I end up wondering what would happen in the next book, The Leopard Strategem.

As a whole, the entire book is fantastic. It is simply original, spot on, and it evokes thrill and action-packed adventures. It very well deserves an applause. For those readers who appreciate books that are themed with history, action, and fantasy, The Leopard Vanguard is truly a must-read! 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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