King's Envoy

King's Envoy

by Cas Peace

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Taran Elijah's quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world. In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends' advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. In the wake of Taran's actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids. Major Sullyan of the High King's forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936850136
Publisher: Rhemalda Corporation
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cas Peace was born and brought up in the lovely county of Hampshire, in the UK, where she still lives. On leaving school, she trained for two years before qualifying as a teacher of equitation. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They return whenever they can. As well as her love of horses, Cas is mad about dogs, especially Lurchers. She enjoys dog agility training and currently owns two rescue Lurchers, Milly and Milo. Milly has already had some success in the agility ring, and Milo will begin competing in late 2011. Cas loves country walks, working in stained glass, and folk singing. She has also written a nonfiction book, For the Love of Daisy, which tells the life story of her beautiful Dalmatian.

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Kings Envoy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ebookwyrm More than 1 year ago
This book, the first in a series, is the fiction debut of Cas Peace but you wouldn't know that - the writing and descriptive ability of Ms. Peace are those of an accomplished author. The story is set in a land of 5 realms, all different and all seperate but the main setting here are the 4th and 5th realms of Albia and Andaryon. At the start we meet Journeyman Artesan Taran Elijah. In an effort to increase his knowledge and further his Artesan abilities he crosses over from Albia to Andaryon but while there he stumbles on a plot (although he is unaware of just what it is). He barely escapes back to Albia with his life, and carrying an artefact. Taran and his apprentice Cal try to send the artefact back but are unable to so go to the military for help - and this is where an already good book really picks up! At the Manor, where the army are based we meet the characters of Bulldog, Robin and Major Sullyan - characters so well fleshed out you feel like you know them personally. The interaction between all the characters comes across really well and sits comfortably with the reader. Major Sullyan is, in my opinion, one of the best female characters in fantasy fiction today. The nasty characters also come across as exactly what they are - the plots, machinations and general downright nastiness all hold up well. The magic system is an interesting and clever one but also believable. The book ends on a cliffhanger that will leave you aching for book 2 (King's Envoy - available soon). So, short version - a beautifully told tale with characters you will want to go adventuring with again. An amazing talent with a lot of promise for the future. I will be following the career of Ms. Peace with interest.
CBEARLY More than 1 year ago
In King¿s Envoy: Artesans of Albia, Cas Peace sweeps the reader into a fantasy realm, or I should say, realms. In the main character, Talan, she manages to capture the nuances of a boy coming of age. Following along on Talan¿s quest to learn the dying artesan craft, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds. Filled with vivid characters in a battle between good and evil, it is easily one of the best fantasy tales I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the story line and abilities of the characters are interesting, I had a difficult time getting into this book. The fantasy world that exists within the pages of this book includes people who have varying degrees of power. The main character has a desire to gain more power and understanding of his abilities and goes to a different realm in search of someone who can teach him. He comes upon some trouble and ends up killing a man of some import as well as escaping with a powerful and dangerous magical object. As a result, he seeks aid from others only to find that those who could help him advance his abilities are much closer than he had been led to believe. As he observes and trains with these people their country is being invaded although no one is certain of the reason behind the hostility. As these powerful "artisans" seek answers and Taran more fully develops his abilities, they find themselves in some trouble and are unable to determine the intentions of other leaders. My favorite character by far is Major Sullyan, who is the only high-ranking female in the military and has a dynamic personality and amazing powers. Although I had a hard time getting through this book the last three chapters were very good and certainly leave a desire to read on to discover what will happen with these people. Overall, I had a difficult time feeling attached to the characters or the story, but may read the next book when it comes out. I received a free ARC copy of this book for review.
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
Cas Peace's King's Envoy weaves a magical tale that's a supremely masterful fantasy. Taran Elijah will do anything for knowledge and to rise above his Journeyman rank. When he crosses into the fifth realm, his quest goes terribly wrong. He flees to his own realm, but he returns with a powerful magical object. Now he, his apprentice, and a healer must journey to the Manor to speak with Major Sullyan. The fifth realm is attacking Albia, but the complexities of politics and war might be too much. Taran has to learn quickly or they all might be lost. King's Envoy reads like an old friend. The magic, characters, setting are so well-written that it's easy to slip into the story and not want to leave the world Peace has created. Whether on the battlefield or sipping fellan (a type of tea), every scene adds another complexity to this novel. The pacing speeds along, and I found myself reading to the next scene, the next chapter to know what would happen next. The magic of the Artesans bases itself off the elements, but how the characters learn and use the magic is unique. Like Taran, I thirst for the knowledge of what will happen next. The Artesans of Albia is a great new fantasy series and will appeal to fans of Mercedes Lackey. King's Envoy by Cas Peace is powerful and easy to read. I don't know how I'll wait until 2012 to read book two!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Readers will love this fantasy world carefully crafted by Cas Pearce. The difference between the "fourth realm" and the "fifth realm" is both intriguing and disturbing-the reader will get to visit both. Taran, the main character, acts as the reader's guide. He is slightly reckless, caring, and strong-willed. He is mostly a likable character; he is flawed, but his flaws add to the story. The reader will get to know Taran very well during the novel...almost to the point of guessing his next decision/action. The plot is interesting, especially to fantasy readers. It concerns otherworldly skills, mentors, and intrigue. To help him to better understand his craft, Taran ventures into the fifth realm in the hopes of finding a mentor. Instead, he meets evil, unusual characters, and a very different place than his home. When he discovers a very underhanded plot, he knows he must do everything in his power to prevent the plot from succeeding. This is the catalyst for the story and where it truly takes off. This book is recommended to fantasy readers, young adult/adult.
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
The world in which Albia exists is a strange and wonderous one - Albia is the fourth realm of five, which, while all being on the same world, have no contact other than through the Veils, a metaphysical force that separates the realms. Only Artesans, those who are able to control metaforce - or life force, as it is also known - through the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, are able to pierce the Veils and travel to other realms, although that is not always wise, as some of the other realms are war-like and dangerous. In Albia, the Artesan gift is in disfavor and decline, because Artesans from the Third Realm, Relkor, and the Fifth Realm, Andaryon, have raided Albia for so long; most Albians believe all Artesans are only out for power and gain. Therefore, when Taran's father died two years before the start of the story, Taran was stranded at Journeyman level and had no one with whom to train so that he could advance to higher levels of prowess. He decides, in a moment of despair, to try crossing to Andaryon - which has many strong Artesans - to see if he can acquire a teacher there. To say things do not go well is an understatement. Upon his return to Albia, and his recovery, he learns that the Andaryons, who had signed a pact 20 years previously to stop their raiding, have started to raid again; Taran decides that this is his fault, due to what occurred in Andaryon, and he, his apprentice Cal, and Cal's lover - the healer Rienne - set out for the local garrison to report what he knows to Major Sullyan, who he has heard from a family friend (and village elder), Paulus, he should contact. When Major Sullyan is sent to Andaryon as an ambassador of Albian's king, it is decided that Taran will accompany her, along with her captain, Robin, and Bulldog, a retired military man and member of Sullyan's staff. However, the men are recalled the next day due to an increase in the raiding in Albia, and forced to leave Sullyan alone among the Andaryons. When she disappears, they must go back to try to discover what happened. I fear I've given too much away, although I've tried to be vague and left many things out; however, it is difficult to describe the plot otherwise. Ms. Peace is wonderfully inventive and has created a most unique world. Based upon the glossary, details given about the various realms and other addenda at the end of the book, she's spent a great deal of time working out all the details to make sure she is able to mesh everything together smoothly. She's even plotted the geography very carefully - I was much impressed with this, and also with her character development, which was done in stages and worked into the plot to a degree where we learned a great deal about the characters, but the action was hardly slowed down at all. All in all, a most impressive book and I will eagerly look forward to the upcoming completion of the trilogy - "King's Champion" scheduled for August 2012 and "King's Artesan" scheduled for August 2013. I highly recommend that fans of fantasy adventure books check this one out - it's a great read and you will not be disappointed.
MaidenBoy More than 1 year ago
Really looking forward to the launch of this book (and the full trilogy!). Sounds like it is very well written, and brings the characters to really vivid life. My copy is on order!
AncientReaderGD More than 1 year ago
An enchanting world, designed by a talented woman who has created kingdoms of engaging characters who must use their lives fighting formidable evil. Yet, these people have lives of their own to live and kingdoms to sacrifice themselves for, and children to birth and raise, love to find and hold, and dear friends to bury when their time has come. After spending time in Albia with the artesans, it is not easy to forget Taran, Bull, and Sully, and their deep friendship and love for each other. Cas Peace has created a group of people who become a part of the reader, and who made this reader eager for the next volume.
BramleyBoy More than 1 year ago
A really gripping read and great start to the trilogy. The characters are complex and interesting. Sullyan is a superb lead character and, Robin is an excellent "leading man" whose character is more complex than merely that of the "love interest". Bull is also very credible as the old soldier/sergeant major with the gruff exterior and the heart of gold. The 'black' characters are also more than just 'evil'. A number of plots and sub-plot twists and you are left waiting for book 2. An excellent start from a new writer.
Spawater More than 1 year ago
King's Envoy, volume one of a fantastic saga by novellist Cas Peace, takes the reader into a labnd both strange and yet familiar. Strange in that there is a Tolkein-like aura surrounding the world and its characters, yet familiar in the struggles between good and evil, love and indifference and personal ambition. A longish first volume, I read it quickly, lost in the world Cas Peace created. Roll on the next installment.
TTCole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Taran Elijah and his apprentice, Cal, are Artesans. Unfortunately, Artesans - with their powerful ability to travel between realms, use their psyche for metaphysical strength/healing, and manipulate the four elements - aren't accepted in Albia, the fourth realm, where Taran, Cal, and Cal's lover, Rienne, live. There, Artesans are seen as little more than witches. In fact, if not for Rienne's status as a popular healer and Taran's close relationship with the innkeeper, Taran and Cal would probably be treated a lot worse. In spite of that, Taran is eager almost to the point of desperation to advance his training, but he is confident there are no Artesans left in Albia to help him. However, in Andaryon, the fifth realm, Artesans are revered. Taran travels to Andaryon in the hopes that if he challenges an Artesan and wins or forces a draw, he can choose knowledge about the Artesan craft as his prize. The plan was a dangerous one from the get-go. Taran has to leave the portway between his realm and the fifth realm open, meaning that, while he can quickly get back to the fourth realm, so can anything else that decides to jump into the portway. He knows very little about the fifth realm and the Andaryon's fighting customs (which, of course, works to his disadvantage). When he gets into a fatal battle with a noble and returns back to his realm with an extremely deadly Staff way beyond his power and understanding, his simple plan to learn more sets a series of destructive actions into motion that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone in the realms - especially the fourth and fifth realm. I remember exactly when I became emotionally invested in King's Envoy. My heart quickened and my thoughts stopped jumping around. I remember reading the sentences with a greedy quickness, like I would miss the battle if I didn't read fast enough. What I loved most about Taran's battle with the noble was the dreadful and excited feeling the outcome gave me. The moment Taran won that battle, you KNEW the story was about to take an intense turn. There were two other times where I felt very emotionally invested. The second time came when Rienne connected with Major Sullyan (an integral character you'll meet halfway through the story). They basically had a girl's night just to drink and talk. It's been a while since I've read such a heartwarming and realistic beginning of a true friendship. The third time? At the very end, when the characters were escaping from enemy forces. There I was, way immersed in the escape, when 'The End' snuck up on me and left me eager for more. The only thing that bothered me was that the Staff, the powerful and mysterious item that Taran took back to his own realm, was basically put on the backburner for the entirety of the novel. I'm certain it will play a vital role in the second and/or third book, but just leaving something that powerful sitting around in the background of all the action didn't sit well with me. All in all, I thought this was a really great book. While I found it both frustrating and great that the main character was inexperienced and often prone to mistakes, I felt a lot more connected to the secondary characters - namely Rienne, Major Sullyan, Bull, and Robin - and a little sorry for Cal, since there didn't seem to be anything particularly special about him in comparison to the other characters. Than again, it's not like that's a bad thing. Every time I read a book published by Rhemalda, I am always amazed by the beautiful cover art and art within. Rhemalda did not fail to deliver with King's Envoy. Even more, I absolutely loved the addition of a glossary and maps. In August 2012, the second book in this series - King's Champion - will be released. King's Envoy ended on such an awesome cliffhanger! Like I said above, 'The End' snuck up on me and left me eager for more.
cheriereich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cas Peace's King's Envoy weaves a magical tale that's a supremely masterful fantasy. Taran Elijah will do anything for knowledge and to rise above his Journeyman rank. When he crosses into the fifth realm, his quest goes terribly wrong. He flees to his own realm, but he returns with a powerful magical object. Now he, his apprentice, and a healer must journey to the Manor to speak with Major Sullyan. The fifth realm is attacking Albia, but the complexities of politics and war might be too much. Taran has to learn quickly or they all might be lost.King's Envoy reads like an old friend. The magic, characters, setting are so well-written that it's easy to slip into the story and not want to leave the world Peace has created. Whether on the battlefield or sipping fellan (a type of tea), every scene adds another complexity to this novel. The pacing speeds along, and I found myself reading to the next scene, the next chapter to know what would happen next. The magic of the Artesans bases itself off the elements, but how the characters learn and use the magic is unique. Like Taran, I thirst for the knowledge of what will happen next.The Artesans of Albia is a great new fantasy series and will appeal to fans of Mercedes Lackey. King's Envoy by Cas Peace is powerful and easy to read. I don't know how I'll wait until 2012 to read book two!
Icecream18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readers will love this fantasy world carefully crafted by Cas Pearce. The difference between the "fourth realm" and the "fifth realm" is both intriguing and disturbing-the reader will get to visit both. Taran, the main character, acts as the reader's guide. He is slightly reckless, caring, and strong-willed. He is mostly a likable character; he is flawed, but his flaws add to the story. The reader will get to know Taran very well during the novel...almost to the point of guessing his next decision/action.The plot is interesting, especially to fantasy readers. It concerns otherworldly skills, mentors, and intrigue. To help him to better understand his craft, Taran ventures into the fifth realm in the hopes of finding a mentor. Instead, he meets evil, unusual characters, and a very different place than his home. When he discovers a very underhanded plot, he knows he must do everything in his power to prevent the plot from succeeding. This is the catalyst for the story and where it truly takes off. This book is recommended to fantasy readers, young adult/adult.
KarenMyers More than 1 year ago
King's Envoy is an excellent start to a new series. A cast of interesting village characters eventually lead to a more intriguing heroine, the apparent heart of the series. I look forward to seeing how the characters evolve and interact in later books. I'll admit to a bit of uncertainty as to whether Artesan student Taran Elijah, our initial guide, or Major Sullyan, the charismatic leader whom he eventually meets, was the main focus of the book, but both were worth getting to know and I'm sure it will become clearer in later books. I'm not fond of cliff-hanger endings, but at least the next book is already published and the suspense need not be unduly sustained. That's what the Buy button is for.
Ashley_L_Knight More than 1 year ago
I’ve read many books and as most can attest, there’s a lot of junk to wade through to find the winners. This exciting tale is worth the plunge.  Once again, Rhemalda Publishing has picked a winner. I found the scenes enchanting and thrilling - a combination needed to keep any reader engaged. Ms. Peace weaves a charming tale of romance, heroism and introduces a new take on magical powers that form a delightful and mysterious world that most of us wish we could experience. Her ability to create such intriguing and unique worlds is a talent not many are able to pull off. Peace does it with such simplicity and finesse, it is hard to believe she has only written one prior book – “For the Love of Daisy”. All the essential elements to constructing a successful trilogy exist within Envoy’s enticing pages. If you are looking for a change of pace in your fantasy readings, I suggest you race on over to the book shop or power up your Kindle’s and Nooks and pick this book up. I look forward to reading Book Two: King’s Champion.
TTCole More than 1 year ago
Taran Elijah and his apprentice, Cal, are Artesans. Unfortunately, Artesans - with their powerful ability to travel between realms, use their psyche for metaphysical strength/healing, and manipulate the four elements - aren't accepted in Albia, the fourth realm, where Taran, Cal, and Cal's lover, Rienne, live. There, Artesans are seen as little more than witches. In fact, if not for Rienne's status as a popular healer and Taran's close relationship with the innkeeper, Taran and Cal would probably be treated a lot worse. In spite of that, Taran is eager almost to the point of desperation to advance his training, but he is confident there are no Artesans left in Albia to help him. However, in Andaryon, the fifth realm, Artesans are revered. Taran travels to Andaryon in the hopes that if he challenges an Artesan and wins or forces a draw, he can choose knowledge about the Artesan craft as his prize. When he gets into a fatal battle with a noble and returns back to his realm with an extremely deadly Staff way beyond his power and understanding, his simple plan to learn more sets a series of destructive actions into motion that will forever change his life and the lives of everyone in the realms - especially the fourth and fifth realm. I remember exactly when I became emotionally invested in King's Envoy. My heart quickened and my thoughts stopped jumping around. I remember reading the sentences with a greedy quickness, like I would miss the battle if I didn't read fast enough. What I loved most about Taran's battle with the noble was the dreadful and excited feeling the outcome gave me. The moment Taran won that battle, you KNEW the story was about to take an intense turn. There were two other times where I felt very emotionally invested. The second time came when Rienne connected with Major Sullyan (an integral character you'll meet halfway through the story). They basically had a girl's night just to drink and talk. It's been a while since I've read such a heartwarming and realistic beginning of a true friendship. The third time? At the very end, when the characters were escaping from enemy forces. There I was, way immersed in the escape, when 'The End' snuck up on me and left me eager for more. The only thing that bothered me was that the Staff, the powerful and mysterious item that Taran took back to his own realm, was basically put on the backburner for the entirety of the novel. I'm certain it will play a vital role in the second and/or third book, but just leaving something that powerful sitting around in the background of all the action didn't sit well with me. All in all, I thought this was a really great book. While I found it both frustrating and great that the main character was inexperienced and often prone to mistakes, I felt a lot more connected to the secondary characters - namely Rienne, Major Sullyan, Bull, and Robin - and a little sorry for Cal, since there didn't seem to be anything particularly special about him in comparison to the other characters. Than again, it's not like that's a bad thing. In August 2012, the second book in this series - King's Champion - will be released. King's Envoy ended on such an awesome cliffhanger! Like I said above, 'The End' snuck up on me and left me eager for more.