Review for The Battle for Vast Dominion

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Synopsis:

This is the third book in the Trophy Chase Trilogy. Packer has become king and has to deal with the war that is at hand. With his new authority, Packer has the opportunity to reach out to the Drammune and try to convert them. Meanwhile, Panna must face the political ramifications of her husband’s past.

My Thoughts:

This book could almost have been split into two books. The first half covers political ramifications of having a new king and the war that follows. Then the second half is about Packer’s plan to convert the Drammune and what ensues. Although I did enjoy the book, this one seemed slower then the previous two, and I took longer to get through it. The first half was almost better then the second. There are many characters who we hear from. I actually enjoyed hearing from the Firefish’s perspective. While some of the others, like Hand, I just did not care about.

The ending left me hanging. The way the author ended Talon’s story was sad, and I wish it could have gone a different angle. Also, I did not like that we jump from a young Packer to an old Packer. I wanted to see more of Packer growing older slowly. It tied up all the loose ends, but the way they tied some of them up felt out of place.

Language-

A “Dear God” in a non-reverent way. Mentions of sailors swearing. No words used.

Violence-

Now, Nearing Vast has just entered into a war so there are bound to be battles along the way. The first battle is a purposeful retreat and little bloodshed occurs. There is a scene where you think main characters are possibly going to die, but God keeps them safe. One character shoots an advisor and he dies. She also knifes two character as she escapes later on. Packer’s friends find clothing with blood on it, and they think Packer is injured. There is a fist fight between two characters.

There is a naval battle where most of the shooting is done by friendly ships. It mentioned causalities and men floating in the water. The Firefish attacks a character and leaves him with one arm. It then goes and sinks a Drammune ship with all aboard.

Lastly, there is a last battle between Nearing Vast, Drammune, and the Achawuk. Ships fire at people in the water. Mentions blood in water which brings Firefish. Ships are destroyed by Achawuk. A character tries to kill main character and throw him in water. A character shoots someone attacking the ship. A character is pierced with a sword and kills her and her unborn baby. There is mention of poison in the water which kills many of the Firefish. A character is wounded and at death’s door. Packer forgives him before the character dies.

Innuendo-

Packer and Panna lay clothed in bed and have a discussion of the previous day’s events. A mention of hand holding. There is a couple sentences of how Panna is beautiful.

Note: This is after they are married.

Conclusion-

This is a decent conclusion to this pirate trilogy. There are certainly things about this book that made it less enjoyable, but I am glad I took the time to read it. The author poses several theological points like being a pacifist among others. There is definitely some violence throughout this book, but it is a pirate story so, it is to be expected. One scene near the end may be too much for younger audiences. Death does occur, and we see some main characters perish. Plus, the first half is definitely more political then the other books were. I would consider this a book for young adults on up. I would say 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Beginning the Journey

Hello,

My name is Anna, and I want to welcome you to Pages to Remember! Glad you could join me. We are going to embark on a journey to find books that are clean and exciting. I will be reviewing everything from mysteries to picture books.

To start here is a little bit about myself. I have enjoyed reading since I was a little girl. When I was younger, my siblings and I would sit on the couch, and my mom would read books like The Chronicles of Narnia or The Wind in the Willows. This sparked my imagination, and from then on you would almost always find me with a book in my hand. Personally, I love a good mystery or fantasy story.

Currently, I am a teacher at a child care, and I enjoy finding books that the kids there will love. It is so much fun to see their faces light up as I reread their favorite for the tenth time.

There are a couple reasons why I am starting this blog. Firstly, after finishing a book, I always want to discuss the plot and characters with those around me. So this is a place where I will discuss what I liked/disliked about the current book I am reading.

Secondly, I want people to know beforehand what content is within the books on my blog. As a reader myself, I like to know what content will be in a book before I read it. So often it is hard to find the right review. Because of this I will list whether a book has language, innuendo, or violent content.
I want to make a site where people can know exactly what they are getting into before they read it. If you are looking for clean mysteries, fantasy, or WWII fiction then you have come to the right place.

Goals for the blog –

*Create a space to share quality, clean books

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*Posting a review every two to three weeks.

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