Adventure Between the Pages: Blades of Valor

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Description: Thomas is finally in the Holy Land and reunited with Sir William, but is forced to travel on his own from the coast through Nazareth, and finally to Jerusalem. The road is a dangerous one—especially to a lone traveler. Bandits masquerade as slaves, traitors appear to be allies, and once again, Thomas doesn’t know whom to trust. He must rely on his own resources to discern friend from foe, and to finally discover the final key to the Druids' master plan before returning home to expose them.  Back in England, a final storm is brewing against Thomas, for the Druids are much more powerful than the Orphan King can even imagine.

I have to admit, this book was frustrating. Even though this book isn’t long, I found myself just wanting for it to be over. I really wanted to give this book five stars, as the rest of the series has been so awesome. This book, though, was more frustrating than the last one. I kept literally yelling: “Someone trust somebody already!” (You can feel sorry for my family for having to put up with me).

This book was as well written and had some of the same, fascinating aspects as the last three books. The battle between the Druids and the immortals rages on, and Thomas is caught in the middle. There is no doubt that Sigmund Brouwer has a great imagination.

Why did I end up not caring for the book? I felt the story was on repeat. Yes, Thomas in and friends are in different situations with different results, but I felt that the basic plot was repeating over and over again. Thomas thinks he can trust person A; then  he sees person A with person B. Now he knows he can't trust them, so he seeks help from C. That works out fine until he sees them with person A.

The family relations? My head was spinning by the end of the book with sudden revelations of who was related to whom and complicated relationships. I didn’t feel most of them added anything of benefit and felt a little weird at times.

With that said, the ending did keep the book from being a complete waste of time. It was a brilliant ending, I have to admit. I also really liked what happened to Isabelle.

I recommend that those who read the last three books go ahead and read it to find out what happens, but be prepared for some frustration.

I received this book from WaterBrook Press  through BookLook in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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