Book Review: The Palace of the the Three Crosses by Christina Weigand

Title: The Palace of the Three Crosses
Author: Christina Weigand
Published: September 20, 2013
Publisher: Muse it Up
Disclosure: I was sent this for review

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The Summary:
Brandan and Joachim have returned from the brink of Hell, but everyone questions if they are truly healed and one with Asha.

As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother.

They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?

Book Two in this series starts out right where Palace of Twelve Pillars leaves off, and it even includes some recapping of the previous book. I would suggest reading both, since there are a few details that you wouldn’t quite get if you started with the second book. The brothers have grown a bit more into themselves, and are now faced with burying their father, and the fact that their mother is missing. There are plots against each other, against others, with action and double crossing and just a little bit of mystery thrown in. I caught on quickly with what was going on, and a little bit on where the story was headed.

Since this is Christian fiction, geared towards the younger age, there isn’t any sex, gratuitous violence, and clean language. The allegorical theme does continue with this book. There’s magic and a bit more action in this boook than it’s predecessor, and it sets up for the third volume of this saga.

Overall pink3 I liked this book more than the first, and I’m interested to see where it’s going with the third book.

Book Review: Palace of the Twelve Pillars by Christina Weigand

Title: Palace of the Twelve Pillars
Author: Christina Weigland
Published: 2013
Publisher: Muse it up
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this for review purposes.

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The Summary:
The Peace Summit was in shambles, the prince kidnapped.

When the rival king realizes he kidnapped the wrong prince, hostilities escalate. Loyalties to each other and country are tested for the twin princes of Crato, Joachim and Brandan.

Joachim, captive of King Waldrom, faces deception and betrayal as he struggles to find his way home. Brandan, at home with a father focused on rescuing Joachim, wrestles with his own demons as he searches for his place in the world and the favor of his father.

Torn from the safety and peace of their childhood, they are thrust into a world where bonds of family, brotherhood and roles as heirs to Crato are tested. Through war, spiritual journeys, death and marriage, will they choose the path of good or evil? Who can be trusted, as the world they know slips into a whirlpool of chaos.

Palace of the Twelve Pillars is the first in a Christian Fantasy trilogy by Christina Weigand. The story is complex and entertaining with heavy a heavy allegorical lean. There’s a story within a story here, presenting the battle between good and evil in a new way–on a fantastical world with twin brothers playing out the roles they’re handed. It’s an interesting read, the first in this genre that I’ve read. It blends fantasy and Christian teachings through story telling and characters. Character’s motives and roles are made clear from the start, save for one who is introduced later on.

It is the first book in a series, therefore it sets up for the stories that come after it. I would have liked a little more world building, but I’m very much a visual person, so the more the world is revealed through setting and prose the happier I am. The plot is multi-layered and full of twists to keep the reader guessing.

Overall: pink3 for my first introduction to this genre, I think it served it’s purpose.