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The Captives (Master of Malice Book 2) by [Peace, Cas]
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A city besieged by evil…

Secure in his stolen stronghold, Baron Reen continues to sow chaos in Albia’s capital. Nowhere is safe from his malice and the King’s Guard is powerless to stop him. Crucial pieces of his plan are falling into place and soon his vengeance will be complete. All he lacks is the final game piece that will force his archenemy to her knees before him.

Sullyan works frantically to solve the mystery of Reen’s newfound powers. She knows she is getting closer to the truth, but will she be too late to save the scarecrow’s captives?

The Artesans of Albia series, endorsed by Janet E. Morris; The Sacred Band of Stepsons novels; Outpassage; I, The Sun. “These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. Start reading now. I, for one, can't wait to find out what will happen next.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I waited! 16 May 2017
By R.M. Summerhill - Published on
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Having long been a fan of these books, I was not disappointed at all by this one. In fact, my nerves are on edge and I have already started The Gateway, the ninth and final installment. The Captives itself is a very dark book, bleaker and heavier than any that have preceded it, including The Scarecrow, which had previously held my prize for that. Some questions have been answered, others remain, at least for me, but I'm sure Cas Peace has put them to rest. Part of the reason I waited so long to dive into The Captives was so I could transition right into the last volume, and indeed I'm glad I waited. I want to see Brynne Sullyan's final confrontation with vile and now wickedly powerful Baron Reen as soon as possible.

For readers wanting to start these books, though The Captives might be thoroughly enjoyable and definitely emotional on its own, to get the most out of this extensive world and cast of characters, I would heartily suggest starting at the very beginning if you can, with King's Envoy, first book of The Artesans of Albia trilogy, the first trilogy in the series. Or else no further than The Scarecrow, the first book of Master of Malice, which is the third and final trilogy of the saga.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT fantasy series but not a stand alone book. 28 May 2016
By The Review Lady - Published on
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is not a stand alone book! It is "book 2" in the last of a 3-part series. I believe each 3 "book" bunch can be read separately, but each "book" is not complete alone. Master of Malice should be read when you have all three "books." Or start at the beginning and read them all.
(Trilogy 1: Artesans of Albia: Book One: King's Envoy, Book Two: King's Champion, Book Three: King's Artesan;
Trilogy 2: Circle of Conspiracy- Book One: The Challenge, Book Two: The Circle, Book Three: Full Circle;
Trilogy 3: Master of Malice- Book One: The Scarecrow (Winter 2015), Book Two: The Captives (Spring 2016), Book Three: The Gateway (Winter 2016)

I will be getting the rest of the series. It was very absorbing and I really felt a connection with most of the characters even without having read the first seven parts of the storyline. I did find the use of various names and nicknames for characters somewhat confusing but again it probably would have been less of a problem if I hadn't started so far into the story.

Cas Peace has made at very nice fantasy world for those of us who enjoy visiting such places. This series keeps the tension high and is hard to put down. It is the kind of story you keep thinking about as you go about your mundane tasks throughout your day. If you like fantasy with good writing you really should start reading these. (Caution: there are some rather dark scenes with implied rape and brutal sodemy.)
3.0 out of 5 stars Worse, I didn’t know it was the second book ... 28 May 2016
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Confession time. When we were asked to review this book I didn’t know it was part of a series. Worse, I didn’t know it was the second book in a series. So when I started to read it, I was totally confused. I went onto Amazon, saw that it was book 2, read book 1’s description, and kept going. I was able to get the gist of what was going on, but obviously it would have been better if I read the first book. It’s a nod to the author though to hint at previous things in book 1 to jog the reader. For me it clued me in on what was going on. There is a lot of action going on in this book. Also, a lot of death and sad events. So much death. I’m kind of hoping that the author makes some of those characters not really dead in the following book.

Okay, I have a bone to pick with the author Cas Peace, or maybe it’s just a pet peeve. The scarecrow has so many names. I think I counted 5 or it might have been 6. And all of them are used and it confused me at times. It might have been different if I read the first book, but still. Also, a warning to readers, if I understood what I was reading, the scarecrow killed people while raping them and stealing their souls. I’m pretty sure this is what’s going on in those scenes, but it’s hard to tell. This is considered dark fantasy. We were given a copy of the book from Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review.