Skull's Vengeance

Fiction - Magic/Wizardry
402 Pages
Reviewed on 08/17/2022
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Author Biography

Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. Of particular interest are the enigmatic Celts, who were reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.

Linnea has extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Books released in her series include Apollo’s Raven (Book 1), Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2), Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3), and Skull’s Vengeance (Book 4). She has also released the historical fiction short story Two Faces of Janus.

A Colorado native, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Skull's Vengeance is a work of fiction in the action and fantasy subgenres. It is best suited to mature readers owing to graphic scenes of sex and violence, as well as some explicit language, and was penned by Linnea Tanner. The work forms the fourth book in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. In this high-octane work of sword and sorcery, we find ourselves with our central protagonist Catrin, a Celtic warrior queen who must reunite with her secret Roman husband Marcellus to finally vanquish her wicked half-brother King Marrock. To defeat this powerful sorcerer, Catrin will be tested to her emotional, physical, and magical limits as Rome and Britannia continue to clash everywhere she turns.

It's always refreshing to be able to enjoy a book series at whichever point you join in, and Linnea Tanner does a great job of bringing readers directly into the action whilst also feeding the relevant backstory into the novel early on to make sure that we learn or remember important series details for everything to make sense. After this, the plot rockets off at a fantastic pace that amps up the tension at every turn, making for a surprisingly quick read filled with passion, bloodshed, and some very cinematic and exciting dark magic to top it all off. I enjoyed Marrock as a central villain with credible powers that make good sense according to the work’s internal logic, and the climax of the work serves to test Catrin’s mettle and keep readers’ hearts in their throats. I would certainly recommend Skull's Vengeance to fans of the existing series, and Tanner’s writing to fantasy readers everywhere.