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