Hello and Happy Friday, Bookish Folk!
Apparently I review this series on a Friday because I reviewed Priest of Bones on a Friday too!
A few facts about this book and audiobook narration:
- Title: Priest of Lies
- Author: Peter McLean
- Narrated By: David Morley Hale
- Series: War of the Rose Throne (Book Two)
- Published by Jo Fletcher Books
- Pages: 368
- Narration Length: 12 Hours 44 Minutes
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Here are a few things you can expect from this book:
- An impressive and standout dark fantasy sequel;
- It is harsher, bloodier and even more intense than Priest of Bones;
- A page turner that will consume you; and
- just an exceptional read you need to make time for.
A little about the narration…
ONE OF THE BEST…
On to the full review…
An impressive and standout dark fantasy sequel from Peter McLean for a series which is shaping up to be an all-time favourite.
I honestly don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this instalment of the War for the Rose Throne series. It is just so incredibly good and I enjoyed every page.
As a second instalment review I am going to try and keep it shorter, because as usual most of my points of book one still stand for book two (you can find my Priest of Bones review here). We see more of the world and a much wider spectrum of people in this instalment. I loved seeing more interaction between the side characters and their own story arcs. I think it shows the talent of a writer when they can give you fully fleshed out arcs for other characters when a story is told from a single POV, and that is just one of the amazing things McLean delivers in this instalment.
McLean upped his game in this book from an already superb first instalment. Priest of Lies is harsher, bloodier, more intense and focus’ even more on Tomas and his journey to becoming even more powerful than he already is. Tomas is an incredible character, and listening to the audiobook for this was even better because it only added to an already distinct and unique character voice. I think he may be up there as one of my favourite characters written. He was such a deep and complex character, experiencing his journey through his sole POV is nothing short of outstanding.
I would also like to note I did not read this straight after book one, there was a gap of maybe just over a month, and I forgot nothing about book one. I slotted straight back into this world and its characters with an ease not many books achieve.
I really do not feel like I can accurately explain just how exceptional this book is, it throws so much at you and none of it is predictable and will for sure shock you to the core. It is heartfelt and harrowing at times and filled with betrayal and gore at others.
It has the characters, the plot, the pace, the prose, the world and everything in-between that makes for a super book. It is just that good.
This is one of those books you read and then feel terrible about how long you then have to wait for the follow up book, and I’m not even waiting that long compared to those who read this via an ARC! I devoured this book, I often listen to audiobooks for an hour or two, longer if I am super busy with cleaning and the likes but it is not often I just listen sat down because I fall asleep or my attention goes elsewhere. I listened to this book for a solid five hours in one sitting, it is so riveting and captivating you don’t want to stop reading/listening and there is never a dull moment.
I highly recommend this series.
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BUY THE FOOKIN HARD BACK Y’ALL! This book (as I have said) upped its game from an already brilliant book so its and easy HB purchase for this one.
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