Book Write-Up: The Emperor’s Visions, by R.A. Denny

R.A. Denny. The Emperor’s Visions. 2018. See here to purchase the book.

The Emperor’s Vision is the next to last book of R.A. Denny’s “Tales of Tzoladia” series.

Let’s catch up on some of our characters, without giving away too many spoilers.

A. Metlan is still king of the Samalitans, who are cat-riders. He has just defeated the Karsonians. He has ambitions to rule Tzoladia. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Well, he is rather pompous and immature, yet, outwardly at least, he comes across as noble and in control. He is not yet a worshiper of the high deity, Adon.

B. Amanki is the long-lost brother of Metlan. He recognizes Metlan’s hubris, but he gets a lecture from the old prophet Baskrod about how he is not supposed to judge and how Adon can use all sorts of people.

C. Bladar is the ruthless leader of the Sparaggi. Yet, he is a man of his word. He will help Metlan become emperor, if Metlan will help him get a powerful seal. Metlan can probably use Bladar’s assistance, but do we really want Bladar to possess that seal?

D. Baskrod is an elderly prophet. He seems larger than life. Yet we get some indication that he has a difficult and tragic history with Bladar’s family.

This book was not as eventful as the previous ones, but it ended climactically. Perhaps what could have strengthened the book is more wrestling on the part of the righteous characters over whether they are right to kill the evildoers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. My review is honest.

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