Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Sandra Lender
Available: Hardcover, Kindle
As intricate and complex prophecy unfolds, Amanda Chariss – goddess of war – must protect the god Rohne from evil forces though her own magic (geasa) has been substantially hampered. While war builds on the horizon between the weakened gods and ever stronger evil sorcery Julette and her minions, Chariss must build an alliance to have any hope of survival. But there are those within the ranks of the gods who may do not always have the best interest of Rohne and Chariss in mind threatening their plans. All the while Chariss and Nigel Taiman fight to hold on to their love against the wishes of many and perhaps the prophecy itself.
Choices Meant For Kings is book two in Sandy Lender’s Choices trilogy. I would advise readers to make sure to read the first book of this series before picking up the second installment. The world is complex with a number of interwoven plots, relationships, and characters that were initially a challenge for me to understand given I had not read the first book. The author does do a nice job providing the cast of characters and such at the beginning to lay a foundation, but to fully appreciate how this world evolves, Choices Meant for Gods is essential.
Though a fantasy novel, the draw to this book is the romance between Chariss and Nigel. At each step along the way, another roadblock is placed in front of them as they struggle to begin their life together. Wars, other would be suitors, hidden secrets revealed, their responsibilities to others, and a complex prophecy all challenge their future. It is this thread between them that provides the driving force moving the story forward. The conclusion of this book is a high action and suspenseful series of events that will certainly cause readers to rush out and purchase the last installment. An enjoyable read all around.