Amulet’s Rapture (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 3) by Linnea Tanner begins with Catrin losing her family and kingdom. Never in her wildest dreams did Catrin imagined herself being a slave to a Roman. Nevertheless, after Romans won the battle against King Amren (her father) and Marrock (her step-brother) became the client king of the Cantiaci kingdom, this was her brutal reality. Roman tribune, Decimus, enslaved her, named her Vibius, and ensured that everyone would believe her to be a boy. Since Marrock had murdered both her mother and father, Catrin had also lost her identity as a Cantiaci princess. She shifted all her hopes of going back to Britannia to reclaim what was rightfully hers on her Roman husband, Marcellus.
The problem with this hope was the fact that Marcellus had lost all his memories of his days in Britannia. As a result, he did not remember falling in love with Catrin, let alone marrying her. However, she hadn’t lost everything. She still could transform herself into a raven and transport to other realms through her spiritual guide’s mind. Nonetheless, these powers appeared quite smaller than the adversities and humiliation that she was suffering from every single day as a slave. To add to her troubles, Decimus was hellbent on getting Catrin trained as a gladiatrix with other men. Bruised, battered, humiliated, and alone, Catrin counted days to be reunited with Marcellus and take back her father’s kingdom from her evil step-brother.
Although Catrin started as a damsel in distress, who was always seeking her prince to come and save her, her character quickly blossomed into a warrior. Soon, she began finding ways to save herself and destroy the ones who tormented her. This transformation has been nothing less than epic. Decimus’ disdainful treatment of Catrin evoked strong emotions, yet there was more complexity to his ambitious character than mere wickedness. By following his brain more than his heart, Marcellus captured the logical side of my brain but failed to make an impression on my heart.
When Catrin desperately needed a savior, Marcellus was trying to play by the rules set by her captor. I could feel Catrin’s anguish and heartbreak over her circumstances; still, her courage and determination astonished me. Catrin embodies every aspect of a real warrior princess. The third book in Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Amulet’s Rapture by Linnea Tanner is the story of survival and transformation of Catrin. The plot is packed with action, politics, corruption, ambition, prophecies, and ancient magic. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. With a gripping plot, mind-blowing storytelling, and unpredictable twists, Amulet’s Rapture (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 3) by Linnea Tanner is going to be among my top three favorites of this year.
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