Before I start my review, I would like to thank Tigerace Books and NetGalley for allowing me to review Tanza by Amanda Greenslade.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Tanza from Tigerace Books through NetGalley for free for my honest review**
Now onto my review:
Author: Amanda Greenslade
Publisher: Tigerace Books
Date of publication: September 2nd 2016
How many pages: 332
Part of a series: Yes
What series: The Astor Chronicles – Book 2
Talon – Book 1
Tanza – Book 2
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Sarlice and I came to Tanza to escape from the Zeikas, and we were not prepared for a country on the brink of war. Where should our loyalties lie—to our home towns, to Tanza or to each other?
The Zeikas have their fire magic, dragons and demons, but they lack the Kriite ability to communicate across vast distances using the waves. I know one thing—the skyearls will not give up Tanza without a fight.
Soon I will have a skyearl of my own, and the miracle of flight along with it. I was slow to come into my powers in Jaria, but I was wrong to think Krii had no purpose for my life. They have a new name for me here in Tanza: Astor Talon.
‘Tanza’ is the second in “The Astor Chronicles”, a series of epic fantasy adventure novels for a new adult audience.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a fantasy with a lot of action put in it and for the most part, is a very easy read. But, this is definitely a book that cannot be read alone. You need to read Talon first.
I had a lot of trouble understanding what was going on in the first couple of chapters because it seems like Tanza immediately picks up where Talon left off. I was left to puzzle over what wavelengths were (being able to telepathically communicate with bond animals, or kin). I was confused and, to be honest, I do not like reading a book where I am confused.
But, I am very happy to say, I found out that there is a glossary at the very end of the book (thank you Amanda Greenslade!!!) that explained everything. So I was able to reread those chapters with a better understanding of what is going on. Also, kudos to her including the glossary. It also had how to pronounce some of the names. I am a weirdo who likes to know how the names are actually said. I know I’m not the only one….lol.
As promised, this book is filled with action….which started right after Talon bonded with his skyearl, who happens to be the Emperor of the skyearls. The Zeikas are a fanatical religious group who are bound and determined to kill any race/religion that doesn’t agree with them and Tanza is next on their list. Fortunately, Tanza is protected by a barrier and it does take them a little while (about halfway through the book) before they succeed in breaching the barrier.
I want to say that the battles in this book were impressive…on both ends. From the demons/conjurers/dragons on the Zeika side to the Anzaii/Rada-kin (and all the other kin)/skyearls on the Tanza side….the battles were epic. I couldn’t get enough of them.
The religious undertones of the book were just right.Krii is, and I am going to assume this, just like Jesus and the Zeikas are just like Satan. The battles are definitely a battle between good and evil but the lines are blurred behind the Tanza lines too. There are extremists on both ends and the extremists can cause a lot of harm (and they did in this book).
The ending of the book was a bit anticlimactic, to be honest but I understand why the author wrote it this way. In no way did she end the battle between Tanza and the Zeikas with Tanza winning. They won one battle and drove the Zeikas away…for now. Who’s to say in the next book that the Zeikas will come back and take over the land?
I also wasn’t expecting certain things to happen at the ending and was kinda thrown for a loop when it did. But, thinking about it, there were huge red flags thrown up in the last chapters of the book. So I really shouldn’t have been that surprised….lol.
How many stars will I give Tanza? 4
Why? A great fantasy book with well written characters. If you didn’t read book 1, like me, I suggest you go and read it. If you don’t, then make use of the glossary at the end of the book.
Will I reread? Yes but after I read book 1
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes but will also suggest to read book 1 first
Age range: Adult
Why: No sex (but there is mention of a rape and the threat of rape in the book) and lots of violence.