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An Absolute Triumph., 9 Jan. 2017Verified Purchase(What is this?)This review is from: The Highland Queen: The Saga of Thistles and Roses (The Warrior Queen Book 4) (Kindle Edition)The Highland Queen (5 stars)
This is why Karen Gray is one of my favourite authors. The forth book in the Saga of Thistles and Roses somehow manages to surpass the triumph of the first 3 installments. Again we see the subversion of characters and stereotypes alike, our love and conern for these beautifully sculped personalities grows exponentially as personal dramas unfold and the world shifts around them.One of my favourite things about these books is the growth and development we see displayed in each character amongst the turmoil around them. The plot is a beast all it’s own which we see snake in amongst Gray’s vast array of characters, linking them to each other perfectly and in a way which never leaves you at a loss when the perspective shifts. The reader is given what they need when they need it without being spoon fed the plot and in a way which adds suspense and tension.Her world is full and colourful, and in this book we again see the map broaden further afield, showing us how the world is affected by it’s disasterous past and how it’s people have survived. We meet the ruler of another land and are gripped by the political mine field into which Gray’s characters are thrown.At the same time we witness the struggle in communities of mythical beings, the rise of a new and terrible power, beautiful scenes of familial love and moments of heartbreaking loss.This immense, fantastical story is told with skill and knowledge by our writer, who leads us by the hand through the plot as if we are in amongst it personally. Karen Gray has the unique ability to take us through such a mystical and wonderous world and tell it’s goings on like realism. The relationships in this story are absolutely real and relatable, it’s people and it’s conflicts – though fantastical in nature – are portrayed in a way which the reader finds familiar, yet new and exiting.I was rooted to my seat whilst reading and could not possibly put it down. I cannot wait to see how Gray will end the series.