New Release & Review: Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina (Romantic Fantasy)

by | February 27, 2014

Nine-time novelist Anna Kashina has released book 1 of her series Code of the Majat, Blades of the Old Empire, published by Angry Robot Books.

Kara is a mercenary – a Diamond warrior, the best of the best, part of the Majat Guild. When her tenure to Prince Kythar comes to an end, he wishes to retain her services, but must accompany her back to her Guild to negotiate her continued protection.

When they arrive they discover that the prince’s sworn enemy, the Kaddim, have already paid the Guild to engage her services – to capture and hand over the prince (who she has grown very fond of).

A warrior brought up to respect both duty and honour, what happens when her sworn duty proves dishonourable?

Lovers of romantic fantasy stories who also appreciate traditional and epic fantasy will likely enjoy Blades of the Old Empire.

Lady Scribe’s Review

I had a chance to get an ARC of this novel, so I actually finished reading this almost two months ago. I’ll cut to the chase on this one: I really enjoyed this book, but if you are not a fan of really, really romantic fantasy, you might not appreciate it that much. I think it’s a 4* read, as it is really well written, although a bit sappy at times. This book definitely targets a female audience.

For those of you worried about high levels of sex, you’re fairly safe with this one. There are two steamy scenes, but they aren’t exactly what I’d call erotic by any stretch of the imagination. You can leave this book on the floor with kids around. At best, they’ll blush a bit — if they figure out what’s going on in the first place. It’s pretty tame.

As for the characters, I found that their motivations were a bit too romantic in nature, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book on a whole.

So, I think the people who would most enjoy this book are ladies of all ages, as well as men who do like a lot of romance. I don’t think anyone, man or woman, who is after a Martin novel (complete with gore and other yickies) is going to be as enthused about this title.

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