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.
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?”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
What’s Overtaken about?
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Title: Overtaken by K. F. Breene
Series: Warrior Chronicles #6
Published by Self-Published on 10 November, 2016
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
No. of Pages: 318
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?
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Read: 24th – 28th June 2019
Publication Date: 17th November 2016
What did I like about Overtaken?
As I’ve said before, epic fantasy isn’t my first choice of reading material. However, 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.
I loved the pace at which Caitlin read the story and her tonal adjustments for the various scenes and characters’ dialogue. She easily transported me into this final instalment. 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.
Was there anything I didn’t like?
Well, I gave Overtaken 5 stars, so I obviously enjoyed it a lot. 😉
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I didn’t want to stop reading this book!
Overtaken 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 series and its author.
Warrior Chronicles by K. F. Breene
The Warrior Chronicles is a completed six-book fantasy series with a prequel novella available too.
The world Ms Breene has created is populated by different clans of people with various skills. For example, some clans are skilled craftsmen or effective traders. The warrior clans fight with blade and arrow, either protecting their inhabitants or enslaving others. There are aggressive clans who are hell-bent on stealing and invading other lands. Plus despicable dictators, warlords and aggressors whose vision is to have everyone under their tyrannical rule.
Books in the Series
It’s never too late to catch up and join the adventure. Click below to read my thoughts on each book. Or buy a copy yourself using my purchase links.
- Forged in Blood (Warrior Chronicles #0.5) (2015) (available on author website)
- Chosen (Warrior Chronicles #1) (2014)
- Hunted (Warrior Chronicles #2) (2015)
- Shadow Lands (Warrior Chronicles #3) (2015)
- Invasion (Warrior Chronicles #4) (2015)
- Siege (Warrior Chronicles #5) (2016)
- Overtaken (Warrior Chronicles #6) (2016)
- Overtaken: Bonus Epilogue (Warrior Chronicles #6.1) (2016) (available on author website)
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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this review of Overtaken. Have you read any of the books in the Warrior Chronicles? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below so that we can chat.
K.F. Breene has written some of my favourite books. This places her firmly on my Amazing Authors’ Page. Don’t forget to check it out before you go.
Bye for now,
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