Knight of Wands by S.M. Blooding Book Review

by SM Blooding

Book 2 of the
Devices of War Trilogy

Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure

Publisher: Blooding Books

Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)

Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.

Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.

Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.

Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.

Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?

My Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Knight of Wands is the second book in S.M. Blooding’s Devices of War Trilogy. The first installment, Fall of Sky City, was my introduction to the steampunk genre, and I found the rich fantasy world totally intoxicating. There was no way I was going to turn down the chance to read about Synn’s latest adventure in a land where cities float on jellyfish and ships sail the skies.

While written to stand alone, I strongly recommend reading Fall of Sky City before jumping into Knight of Wands. I could see a reader being overwhelmed by all the lingo and confused about how the different characters, such as the Queens and the Families, all fit together. The first book, more centered on Synn’s quest for revenge and learning about his own abilities, paints a brilliant picture of the world and explains the roles of the characters much more clearly. Having read it, Knight of Wands flowed beautifully on and it was easy to immerse myself back into the fantasy world.

In Night of Wands, the evil Queen Nix permits Synn to leave on a quest to unite the Great Families and the Hands of Tarot. Of course, she has her own agenda, and is using the situation to draw him near and rope him into serving her, never believing he’d actually succeed.

Synn’s, though innately powerful, is still a believable, vulnerable character. His journey is as much about learning how to trust and strengthen his own abilities as a leader as it is about bringing peace to his land. As the story progresses, you can see him grow and change into a more self-assured, natural leader. The progression is well-paced and his story is exciting.

I enjoyed Night of Wands as much as Fall of Sky City and can’t wait for the next book. S.M. Blooding has a gift for drawing her readers into a world of fantasy and captivating their imaginations.

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Praise for Fall of Sky City

Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. Victoria Limbert

I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Unputdownable Books

SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character–the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in–his family and his people. The world building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. My World of Dreams

This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader. Waiting on Sunday to Drown

I’m amazed of the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each has its own technologies, language, and a whole different way of life. These worlds remind me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender and Star Wars, which I both loved wholeheartedly. Bahrain Newspaper Article Review!

Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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