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Prisoner of the Iron Tower (Tears of Artamon Series #2)

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    A Very Frustrating Read!

    The plot was promising and the story line had strong points, but the characters one and all were very weak and unrealistic.

    One moment the main characters are mortal enemies the next they are working together and all past aggressions are forgotten. It insults my intelligence to believe that this is how people act, react, and interact with one another. The smartest characters in the books were "the Bad Guys", while "The Good Guys" were gullible and most of the time down right stupid! Very aggravating to read, as "The Good Guys" make the same mistakes over and over again.

    Grey matter is refreshing in fantasy books (a good example is the Forelands series)"; as opposed to black and white good and evil, but to have main characters do horrible deeds and in the next moment the author expect us to feel sorry for them is absurd. The guy who kills and tricks innocent people again and again for his own ambitions just doesn't get my pity, I'm sorry.

    The only reason I finished the series is because I had bought the book all at once and I always finish my books choosing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Big waste of time! If you are an older avid fantasy reader don't wast your time like I did. Save this one for the younger more gullible to the ways of the world readers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    A Great Read

    This is the book that really clinched this series as a winner. I read a lot of fantasy but this one ranks higher than Harry Potter in my eyes. Ash's characters are so real and Gavril is an all-engrossing character as we watch him change from beginning to end. The action is good and the plot is so full of twists and turns that it grips you until the end of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Looking For A new Book

    I picked up Lord Of Snow And Shadows when It first came out and couldn't wait for this the second part of the trilogy. I would suggest this book to any one who loves fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Sarah Ash is two for two!

    With 'Prisoner of the Iron Tower', Sarah Ash continues her story in grand fashion and sets up the third book wonderfully. A great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    Terriffic Book!

    I just cant believe the amazing story Sarah Ash can come up with. The Tears of Artamon is a terriffic series, if you like Fantasy novels, this is definitely for you.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great fantasy

    Because of the human blood drank by the dragon-daemon Drakhaoul that possesses him, Prince Gavril Nagarian of Azhkendir defeated the invaders led by Prince Eugene of Tielen (see LORD OF SNOW AND SHADOWS). However, to keep his soul human, Gavril rids himself of Drakhaol. The consequence of purging himself of the dragon-daemon is the loss of the power that enabled his country to vanquish the Tielen forces. Eugene, still dreaming of uniting the entire Rossiyan people under his rule, leads a counterattack, but this time without the dragon, Gavril fails to drive back the enemy. Gavril is locked away at the remote high security Iron Tower, permanent home for the criminal crazies. The obsessed Prince now possesses five of the ¿tears¿ ripped from the giant ruby eye of the sculptured dragon that guards the entrance between two worlds. Drakhaoul returns with the uniting of the tears in the eye of the dragon being the only way to send him back to his realm, but the likely person to accomplish this deed remains locked away in a tower of lunatics. The second tale of the Tears of Artamon trilogy is a fantastic epic fantasy that contains several strong subplots. The key element is that readers will believe the cast is real to include Drakhaoul and the seesawing emotions inundating Gavril as he goes from hero and free to despondent and prisoner. Eugene is also a delightful individual as the audience observes his fixation through the eyes of his disgruntled spouse and others, but believes he is destined to unite the principalities while human cost does not matter to him. Readers will cherish this excellent tale. Harriet Klausner

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