If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Friday, December 28, 2012

Seduction of the Scepter

Free until Monday 12- 31 12: Seduction of the Scepter by E. Rose Sabin 


 I gave it four stars. 

 Sabin takes the reader back in time to a place where everything could rest on one single decision. She encourages the reader to take the journey into the depth of her leading female character, Lara, as a romantic girl with dreams, as a leader, a friend, a sister, and finally a mother.

Sabin touches on a deep routed fear of mother hood, the choice of child or lover. While it may be obvious to some what the answer is, when it actually happens that choice could make or break the family. Lara must make this choice, and Sabin executes Lara's character driven story through journal entries, which take them to a more personal level with the reader.

This reader found that Lara grew as she matured from a romanticized idea of marriage into a woman who led her country not only into battle, but to a peace despite the king being less than able to perform his duties.

The end caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting such a dramatic choice to be made in her heart as well as publicly and found the end drew back in a tightly nit circle toward the beginning.

If you are hoping for a love story with a happily ever after ending, this book will not suit you. The ending is more a relief felt with the character than a happily ever after, although in retrospect I feel Lara got the one thing she did truly want in the last pages of the book.

If you like intrigue, a plethora of drama, and a realistic idea of a woman's choices, then pick this book up and you will find yourself cheering on a well written, deeply moving character and falling with her as her judgments change and she is forced into a decision she had never hoped would happen.


Heather said...

I'm not so sure about 'a plethora of drama' seems drama is boring me lately. But, this does sound like a great book and your review is excellent so I think I'll give it a shot. Thanks!

Christine Rains said...

Not my usual type of book, but you've intrigued me with your review. I like books that don't have the HEA now and then. It's refreshing if done well.

Tammy Theriault said...

i like the cover. very nice, and the story sounds like a good read. thanks for sharing and the rec!

Laura Diamond said...


Michael Di Gesu said...

Thanks for the review, Summer....


I wish you all the best for 2013!

LTM said...

Wow! Sounds like my kind of book, yes? Dramatic ending, relief for the MC... LOL!

And hey, that's a great cover. Thanks for sharing, Summer! <3

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