Hello fellow fantasy fans. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Hunted by K.F. Breene. The second book in her epic fantasy series, The Warrior Chronicles.
Hunted (Warrior Chronicles #2) by K.F. Breene
Read: 13th – 15th May 2019
Publication Date: 23rd March 2015
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
Quote from Hunted
“Why allow them to take you Rohnan? What did you have planned?”
It was disconcerting when she [Shanti] asked questions that no one answered. That way led madness.
“And yet here I am, still talking to myself. I’m a mad fool…”
Hunted is the second book (approx 381 pages) in K.F. Breene’s epic fantasy series – The Warrior Chronicles. A completed six book series with a prequel novella available too, which follows Shanti on her quest to kill The Supreme Being, Xandre, who is a despicable dictator who’s vision it is to have everyone in the land under his tyrannical rule. Xandre was part of the massacre of Shanti’s entire village when she was just 5 years old.
The world Ms Breene created is populated by peoples of different clans with varying skills. For example, being skilled craftsmen, effective traders or trained warriors who fight with blade and arrow to either protect their inhabitants or to enslave others. Some individuals, throughout this fantasy land, also have additional paranormal mind Gifts.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Book two in the Bestselling Series
With a new Chosen coming forward, Shanti has lost sight of her duty. With her plans unraveling, she does the only thing she can think of– frees her brother and a mysterious stranger from a Graygual camp before heading back to beg for Cayan’s aid.
Unfortunately, that stranger was precious to the enemy, guarded by one of the elite. A Superior Officer known as the Hunter, this man always catches his prey, and his focus is now on the elusive, violet-eyed girl and the man she ripped from the his hands.
With danger mounting, and one of the best constantly on her heels, Shanti will learn that running will never be enough.
She will unite them with her suffering, and lead them with her love.
Epic fantasy isn’t my first choice of reading material but I am a fan of K.F. Breene’s writing style and so started this series with an open mind back in December. I loved the first book, Chosen and downloaded Hunted shortly after finishing it, adding the Audible narration too so that I could read AND listen to the story, which has become my favourite way to read a book.
Hunted starts where Chosen ended, with Shanti searching for the warrior that people are calling Ghost who she believes is actually her long lost brother; a brother she thought had died when her village was razed to the ground and her people massacred.
Ms Breene introduced us to her new fantasy world, its history and our heroine, Shanti, in the previous book Chosen and new readers may feel a bit lost. Hunted has a great plot. It builds on the previous book, and has a good amount of action-packed fighting scenes as well as heart-wrenching imagery of the horrors of war but this balanced beautifully with hope, love and fantastically written banter.
As a narrated book, I was impressed with Caitlin Davies‘s performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the various scenes and characters’ dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
As my regular followers will know, I enjoy a story more when the leading female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour; Shanti is all of these and more. In fact, I liked the way that Shanti, The Captain (Cayan), Commodore Sanders, the five boys of the Honour Guard – Marc, Xavier, Rachie, Leilius and Gracas – and all of the characters in this story were written, their characters were built upon from the last book. They have become very real in my mind (and heart). Oh, and like most Brits I do love a bit of banter – this story has plenty of it! I found myself COL (Chuckling Out Loud) throughout, usually at the banter and quips coming out of Shanti’s mouth.
I loved the fact that the adventure aspect of this story kept me guessing what would happen next, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the raw emotions and growing relationships, both platonic and romantic, made me go all dewy eyed as well as put a smile on my face and there was also the glimmering hope of building passion between Shanti and Cayan that set my tummy a-tingling in anticipation. *oooh*
Well, I gave Hunted 5 stars, so I obviously enjoyed it.
Having said that, I feel that I should remind you that this is only the second book in a six book series, and as such, you must expect a cliffhanger or two. However, for those of you like me who HATE huge life or death cliff-hangers, rest assured, Ms Breene doesn’t leave us hanging with a perilous situation like that. Yes, there are background story arcs that are left unresolved, however in my opinion, this is a good thing as it leaves enough story to continue into the next book and beyond.
I didn’t want to stop reading this book! It had everything that I look for in a great story: Intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, gripping background story, believable settings. I loved the balanced mix of aspects; relationship, tension, action and mystery.
Due to the graphic nature of some of the more violent scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. However readers who enjoy independent capable heroines and strong alpha heroes. Tense often traumatic and brutal confrontations within epic fantasy adventures. You’ll love this! Hunted has left me wanting to read more of The Warrior Chronicles series.
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K.F. Breene is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy novels. With over two million books sold, when she’s not penning stories about magic and what goes bump in the night, she’s sipping wine and planning shenanigans. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and out of work treadmill.
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