The Amber crown pdf Book is a Fantasy Novel by Jacey Bedford.
The Amber Crown Summary
Three societal outcasts must work together to fulfill the orders of a dead king’s ghost or risk their nation falling to a tyrant.
The king is dead, his queen is missing. On the amber coast, the usurper king is driving Zavonia to the brink of war. A dangerous magical power is rising up in Biela Miasto, and the only people who can set things right are a failed bodyguard, a Landstrider witch, and the assassin who set off the whole sorry chain of events.
Valdas, Captain of the High Guard, has not only failed in his duty to protect the king, but he’s been accused of the murder, and he’s on the run. He’s sworn to seek justice, but his king sets him another task from beyond the grave. Valdas doesn’t believe in magic, which is unfortunate as it turns out.
Mirza is the healer-witch of a Landstrider band, valued and feared in equal measure for her witchmark, her scolding tongue, and her ability to walk the spirit world. When she’s given a task by Valdas’ dead king, she believes that the journey she must take is one she can never return from.
Lind is the clever assassin. Yes, someone paid him to kill the king, but who is to blame, the weapon or the power behind it? Lind must face his traumatic past if he’s to have a future.
Can these three discover the real villain, find the queen, and set the rightful king on the throne before the country is overcome?
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About Jacey Bedford Author of The Amber Crown pdf Book
Jacey Bedford Author of The Amber Crown Pdf book is an English writer who is published by DAW in the USA. She lives and works behind a desk in Pennine Yorkshire. She’s had stories published on both sides of the Atlantic. She has seven novels out now. Her newest is The Amber Crown, published by DAW inJanuary 2022. Previous books are: Empire of Dust, Crossways, and Nimbus, science fiction (space opera) which make up the Psi-Tech trilogy. Winterwood, Silverwolf and Rowankind make up the Rowankind trilogy. These are historical fantasy, set in 1800, with a cross-dressing privateer captain, the jealous ghost of her dead husband, and a sexy wolf shapechanger.
Jacey is secretary of the UK Milford Writers’ Conference, a peer-to-peer workshopping week for published SF writers. She also hosts Northwrite SF, a critique group based in Yorkshire.
She’s been a librarian, a postmistress and member of internationally touring a cappella trio, Artisan (and still occasionally is for reunion gigs www.artisan-harmony.com). When not writing she arranges UK gigs for folk artists from all over the world.
The Amber Crown pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : DAW (January 11, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756417708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756417703
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.47 x 1.3 x 8.15 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #15,679 in Dark Fantasy
- #18,711 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
- #19,232 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 ratings
The Amber Crown Reviews (Amazon. com)
4.0 out of 5 stars A great stand-alone fantasy book
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
This is a really good stand-alone fantasy book. Although the book is 480 pages, it’s a quick and easy read. Told in short alternating chapters from three main character’s points of view, the story sucked me in at the start and kept a steady pace until the satisfying ending.
The King of Zavonia has been killed and the Queen is missing. The usurper king quickly takes the crown, assassinates the High Guard that is accused of conspiring to kill the previous king and takes the country to the brink of war. Valdas, Captain of the High Guard, is accused of killing the king and is on the run. Riddled with guilt at failing to protect the King, he initially vows to avenge the king and find the true killer, but is set on another path to find the Queen and her unborn child – the dead king’s heir.
Mirza is a healer-witch of a traveling Landstrider band. She treats an injured Valdas and while walking in the spirit world to help heal him, is tasked with helping Valdas in his quest by his dead king. An unsettling, dark magic surrounds Zavnoia’s capitol, and Mirza wonders if she’s strong enough to overcome it. Agreeing to help Valdas to settle a debt owed by her band to his dead king, Mirza senses she will not return from the journey.
Lind is the assassin that killed the king. But who is the master behind the plot? Lind had no idea his actions would set into motion such a complicated series of events. How will he deal with his new contract by the same master? Will he be able to overcome his traumatic past so he can have a future?
I enjoyed this book and read it in three days. The main characters were likeable and well-defined. The author did a great job of portraying their growth as they overcome hurdles both internal and external, particularly with Lind. Issues of sexual assault and mental abuse are dealt with frankly, with sensitivity and understanding.
There is plenty of action, with the characters facing multiple obstacles during their trek. Sword-fighting, magic, necromancy, sulky ass-biting horses, ambushes – this book has it all. I particularly enjoyed the bit of humor the author injected into the story when things got too intense. Stand-alone fantasies are rare to find, and this is one of the good ones that I highly recommend you read. This is the first book by this author I’ve read, but I will definitely read more of her books in the future.
4.0 out of 5 stars unique fantasy story line.
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford is a stand-alone fantasy novel. The story starts out when we meet our hero, Valdas, who is the Captain of the High Guard, protecting the King. Valdas learns after his liaison with his girlfriend, that while he was away, the King was murdered; and he is being accused of killing the King; all of his soldiers have been killed, by those protecting the new King, and the Queen is now missing. Valdas has to run and hide from the usurpers who are controlling the new King, and pushing for an all-out war.
We meet Mirza, our heroine, who is a healer-witch, and has the ability to enter the spirit world, which she will come face to face with the dead King, who sends her on assignment to help Valdas, and save the Queen (who is pregnant).
We also meet Lind, who is the assassin who killed the King, having been paid to do so; but Lind discovers the Queen in hiding, and is determined to help protect her and the baby, which in time will bring all three together to defeat the evil villain, who is determined to take and use magic, as he plans to take over the crown.
With three narratives, the story becomes a bit complex, trying to keep up with everyone, but by the last third of the book, everything begins to tie together. This is a complicated storyline to review, as there are so many details, surprises, attacks and events along the way. Though this is fantasy, it is a historical vibe of magic during the Prussian time frame. I will say that I did like the main characters, with the third (Lind) being better later in the book. It is a unique story line, with the two amazing leads (Mirza and Valdas), who fought their way through danger at every step.
The Amber Crown was a complex, but very good fantasy, which was a bit slow early on, but got more exciting in the second half of the book. The three of them joined together to try and save the queen, defeat the evil villain, and bring the country back to its rightful heir. The Amber Crown was well written by Jacey Bedford.
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda slow but brilliant characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2022
I have some mixed feelings with this book. The Amber Crown started off great, we’re thrown into a world where the king has just been assassinated and are introduced to a cast of interesting characters all dealing with the repercussions of this event. I was fully engaged with the first half of the story but unfortunately I felt myself losing interest towards the end. That’s not to say this is a bad book – its not – but it does lose the momentum it has at the begining and never manages to pick it back up for the ending. I also guessed the “twist” villain very early on and found it frustrating that none of the characters could figure it out.
All this being said, the characters where brilliant and really carried the book for me (the reason I couldn’t rate this lower than 3 stars). Lind’s perspective in particular was so interesting and heartbreaking to read. If you like well realised, morally grey characters this could be the book for you.