THE LION PROPHECY (The King’s Lion Tales Book 2)

by Alexander Grant

Synopsis

Abducted from a romantic cruise with his wife Helena, Leandros, the King’s Lion, finds himself embroiled in a battle for freedom. Allied with a mysterious former pirate, the Mask, Leandros must turn a group of peaceful fishermen into an army able to free captured islanders from slavery.

Theme of the Book

This is a swashbuckling tale of honor, sacrifice, adventure, and courage. Leandros, the protagonist, demonstrates that a great warrior is not only brave and relentless, but innovative, honorable and merciful.

What I Liked About the Story

The Lion Prophecy combines action, romance, magic, and humor in an action-packed story sure to appeal to readers young and old. While the basic plot of the novel is not terribly original, Mr. Grant has succeeded in writing a highly readable version of an old story.

Choosing to fight on the side of the underdog, Leandros uses his skills in logistics and tactics to transform a peaceful people into an effective fighting force. He is assisted in this mission by the Mask, a former pirate fighting to free his family from slavery, by Dolfo, the first mate, and especially by his wife Helena. In addition, the sea witch, Myrna, brings a touch of magic to the process. The magic is not overwhelming but a useful addition to Leandros’ skills.

There is plenty of action for readers to enjoy and the plot moves from sea raids, ambushes and duels to a full-fledged battle on land. The story moves at a good pace with sequences of training, of plotting, and of humor between the scenes of battle.

I greatly appreciated the character of Helena, an independent and resourceful woman, who manages to involve the women of the community in the preparations and conduct of war. It is gratifying to see women in such roles in a novel like this one. Usually, women are seen only as support or magicians, but here we have women warriors as well.

Each supporting character develops as the story continues, finding new abilities, talents, and relationships. The changes experienced by Dolfo, who starts the story as a somewhat dim but loyal first mate, are particularly good.

What I didn’t like about the story

I’m not really sure who the readers for this story should be. In its simplicity of plot and character, it is ideal for younger readers. However, the amount of killing, especially the killing of horses, make it somewhat disturbing for a younger audience. Adult readers will find the plot and action familiar from movies such as those in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Younger readers who will enjoy the action and the settings may be disturbed by the amount of gratuitous (though not graphic) violence. The novel seems to be hovering between two worlds and not fitting very well in either of them.

I missed the more detailed military tactics that are found in Mr. Grant’s third book in the series, The Lion’s Peril. In this book, the details on military training are kept to a minimum.

Final Say

For a quick, entertaining, non-challenging read, The Lion Prophecy is a fine book. I was hoping for something more.

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