The Crimson Amulet
The Crimson Amulet, follows Polyxena of Nemours, Duchess of Lorengard-Lorraine as she is kidnapped by Lord Zanar Mutamin, Sheik of Hasssan el Cabir. Does the mysterious and handsome lord of the desert fall in love with the beautiful Polyxena? What evil awaits her at the mysterious castle of his elusive grandmother Camilla guarded by an aerie of a thousand vicious attack eagles? What revenge does she harbor against Polyxena and the House of Nemours? Will the long running hatred of the Muslims for Christians and the Templars rekindle the flames of the Crusades? What is the crimson amulet and why is it so evil? Find out only in the second exciting novel in the TEMPLAR TRILOGY.
The Crimson Amulet is an interesting tale that follows Polyxena on a quest of honor and finds her at the mercy of a mysterious enemy. Suspicious potions, religious undertones, and unexpected heroes made this a page turner for me. This was my first look into the world of Lorengard-Lorraine, so I had a fresh introduction to some of the characters. Polyxena had values akin to knights and I found myself liking her a lot. She knew how to protect herself and also knew how to make sacrifices for the sake of her family. But most of I admired her restraint against a so called handsome Sheik. Seriously, I had a certain expectation to where the story would lead, but Polyxena did have honor after all.
Lord Zanar was not a character that I had respect for. His penchant of slapping women because of his hurt pride really did not endear me to him. Polyxena’s husband was the real hero and his devotion to his wife was perfectly romantic. But after reading this one can only hope that Lord Zanar might be able to redeem himself, because after all, he did have a smoldering sexiness to him. If only he wasn’t a jerk.
Even though different character POVs were abundant, I wished we could have gained more insight to each of the character’s thoughts. I felt like the story was being told to me, instead of the characters living it through each scene. It was a little different than what I was used to. However, the pacing was just right and it was a story which had me hooked ‘til the very end. The villain does not appear until the very end, so the tension does build up.
Reading book 1 before this is not completely necessary, but it might gain you some insight to the main story. I hadn’t but it wasn’t hard to piece together the past.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*