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Tracato by Joel Shepherd has one of the blandest covers for a fantasy book I have come across. It is book three in the Trial of Blood and Steel series.

The city of Tracato has been the center of enlightenment for humans as the serrin have occupied human lands. With old rivalries stirring, the city now faces its greatest threat to its survival. Sasha must assist her mentor despite the fact that her loyalties are divided as she has one royal sister siding with the feudalists and another marrying one of Tracato’s most powerful foes. Plus, an army from her homeland is marching to make war upon the city. If she joins her homeland’s army, she will have to fight her lover and possibility eliminated the serrin civilization itself.

Filled with complicated politics and religion with lots of intrigue, betrayals and sword play. It is a book full of the pain and agony of war and the choices a person makes. I would give this one a 4 star rating with the additional warning of read the previous books in this quartet first before reading this one.

Book Blurb for Tracato

Sasha must assist her mentor Kessligh to strengthen the Tracato Nasi-Keth, yet with one royal sister siding with the feudalists, and another soon to be married to Tracato's most powerful foe, her loyalties are agonizingly divided.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2010 4.00