Hello fellow fantasy fans. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Overtaken by K.F. Breene. The final book in her epic fantasy series, The Warrior Chronicles.
Read: 24th – 28th June 2019
Publication Date: 17th November 2016
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
Quote from Overtaken
Shanti stared down at the pass, frowning in consternation as the lines of Graygual made their way along. “Why are they leaving their posts?” she asked, observing the slouched posture and soiled uniforms. They looked haggard, one and all. Sanders plucked a stalk of grass from the ground and stuck it in the corner of his mouth.
“They’re leaving because they received orders to leave. The captain wants to see where they are going.”
“They are a large host of stinky, filthy men with deplorable morals—we’ll hear about where they go. We don’t need to see.”
“Deplorable, huh? What’s with the big words? Trying to show off to your new followers?”
Overtaken is the sixth and final book (approx 318 pages) in K.F. Breene’s epic fantasy series – The Warrior Chronicles – a completed six book series (with a prequel novella and an epilogue 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 and who was part of the massacre of her entire village when she was just 5 years old.
The world Ms Breene created is populated by peoples of different clans with varying skills such as 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.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
Reunited with her people, Shanti knows that she must make a move in order to finally put her duty to rest. But as always, Xandre is one step ahead of her.
For one brief moment when she lets down her guard, Shanti falls into enemy hands. But if Xandre thought she would be a docile prisoner, he was sadly mistaken.
With Shanti running interference, it is up to the boys she has trained, and the army Cayan leads, to fight their way to her side.
The fate of the land will finally be decided.
Which side will be overtaken?
As I’ve said before, epic fantasy isn’t my first choice of reading material but as I’m fan of K.F. Breene’s writing style, I started this series with an open mind back in December last year. I absolutely loved the first book, Chosen and downloaded the rest of the series shortly after finishing it, adding the Audible narrations too so that I could read AND listen to the stories, which has become my favourite way to read a book.
Overtaken starts where Siege left off, with Shanti and Cayan celebrating their latest success but knowing that the final battle with Xandre was on the horizon.
Ms Breene has been building her world and introducing us to more aspects of this amazingly rich fantasy world in each book to lead us to this point. Overtaken has a plot that kept me gripped from beginning to end; it was the perfect finale. This book has a lot of heart-pounding fight scenes and tense moments as well as the soul destroying imagery of the horrors and futility of war but thankfully Ms Breene balances the darkness with beautifully crafted scenes of hope, love and fantastically written banter, so although the tears did flow freely, (I’m not going to tell you how often or where) I also found myself smiling and chuckling throughout.
As a narrated book, I was once again blown away 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. She easily transported me into this final instalment and I felt every win and every loss with heartfelt emotion.
As my regular followers will know, I enjoy a story more when the leading female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant, has a good sense of humour and has plenty of gumption; Shanti has all of these qualities and more. In fact, I love the way that all of the characters in this story have been written, they feel believable and have all become very real in my mind (and heart). Even those in Xandre’s army and his inner circle came under the spotlight in this book and confused my poor sympathies no end.
Oh, and like most Brits I do love a bit of well written and perfectly timed banter – this story has just the right amount! I found myself smiling and chuckling at the humour throughout this story, usually at the banter and quips coming out of Shanti’s mouth or that of the group of amazing characters she has drawn to her through this series.
I loved the fact that the mystery and adventure aspect of this story still kept me guessing even at this late stage, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the raw emotions and 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 fiercely connected relationship between Shanti and Cayan that warmed my romantic heart.
Well, I gave Overtaken 5 stars, so I obviously enjoyed it.
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 believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, gripping background story, believable settings and situations. I loved the balanced mix of aspects; relationship, tension, action and mystery.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material of this nature.
I’d only recommend Overtaken to adults who enjoy epic fantasy adventures. Stories with independent capable heroines and strong alpha heroes. Gripping scenes that are tense, often traumatic and peppered with brutal confrontations.
Has my review of OVERTAKEN (WARRIOR CHRONICLES #6) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so! Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
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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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