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Amulet's Rapture (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 3) by Linnea Tanner begins with Catrin losing her family and kingdom. Never in her wildest dreams did Catrin imagined herself being a slave to a Roman. Nevertheless, after the Romans won the battle against King Amren (her father) and Marrock (her step-brother) became the client king of the Cantiaci kingdom, this was her brutal reality. The Roman tribune Decimus enslaved her, named her Vibius, and ensured that everyone would believe her to be a boy. Since Marrock had murdered both her mother and father, Catrin had also lost her identity as a Cantiaci princess.
Although Catrin started as a damsel in distress, who was always seeking her prince to come and save her, her character quickly blossomed into a warrior. Soon, she began finding ways to save herself and destroy the ones who tormented her. This transformation is nothing less than epic. Decimus' disdainful treatment of Catrin evoked strong emotions, yet there was more complexity to his ambitious character than mere wickedness. By following his brain more than his heart, Marcellus captured the logical side of my brain but failed to make an impression on my heart.
When Catrin desperately needed a savior, Marcellus was trying to play by the rules set by her captor. I could feel Catrin's anguish and heartbreak over her circumstances; still, her courage and determination astonished me. Catrin embodies every aspect of a real warrior princess. The third book in Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Amulet's Rapture by Linnea Tanner is the story of the survival and transformation of Catrin. The plot is packed with action, politics, corruption, ambition, prophecies, and ancient magic. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. With a gripping plot, mindblowing storytelling, and unpredictable twists, Amulet's Rapture by Linnea Tanner is going to be among my top three favorites of this year.