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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Cerberus Rebellion by Joshua Johnson

The Cerberus Rebellion by Joshua Johnson
Publisher: Joshua Johnson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length Full Length (164 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

One hundred years of peace and prosperity. War changes everything.

On the world of Zaria, Elves, magic and mythical beasts coexist beside rifles and railroads. The futures of two nations hang in the balance as rebels and revolutionaries trade gunfire with loyalists and tyrants.

Eadric Garrard was raised to believe that as the rightful King of Ansgar, his loyal nobles and fearful subjects answered to his every whim, no matter the cost or consequence. His decision to send his troops thousands of miles away will test that fear, and loyalty.

Raedan Clyve was ordinary until an Elven ritual involving a griffin’s heart turned him into something more. Twenty years later, he still struggles with the magics that rage through his body. His mentor holds him back from his full potential and he faces pressure to find a suitable wife and father an heir.

Hadrian Clyve has picked up where his father left off and works to expand his family’s influence amongst the Ansgari nobility. His aggressive negotiation of alliances and shrewd choice of marriage agreements has earned him respect, and resentment. When his King calls his troops to arms, Hadrian has other things in mind.

After a century of scheming and decades of preparation, Magnus Jarmann is ready to bring his family’s plans to fruition by launching a war of independence that will free his people and return his country to its rightful place among the nations of Zaria. The King’s call to arms creates an opportunity that Magnus cannot afford to miss.

In a war, little is held back; in a revolution, nothing is safe.

Ansgar is a medieval world with trains and guns from more modern times. King Eadric Garrard is the ruler but some of his lands have been taken by his ancestors by force and their people wish to separate from Ansgar. Eadric trusts no one. He's convinced if he relaxes his guard someone will try to kill him. In direct contrast he also believes his people love him and are loyal to him, despite the fact he refuses to come to their aid when they need him.

The rebels' chance comes when distant countries ask for Ansgar's help and Eadric orders his nobles to call their troops to arms. The western Dukes and their followers call their levies but instead of marching to the King's aid, they begin an attack on his armories and borders. Meanwhile the people of Kerberos also strike for independence.

The Cerberus Rebellion is set in a well thought out world and the characters are true to life. I did find so many characters quite confusing as it was difficult to keep them straight in my head. Also, it slowed the story down when the author told us in detail the color and type of clothing each character wore. This wasn't really necessary and less detail shown as part of the story would have been better.

I enjoyed the progress of the story, particularly the introduction of the ancient members of the elf nations who acted as advisors to the humans. I really liked Raedan, Baron of Broken Plains and would read the sequel to find out what happens to him. His magical abilities brought life to his character as it gave an insight into this thoughts and actions.

The author has developed his idea of The Cerberus Rebellion well and this fantasy novel is definitely a good read for lovers of the genre.


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