AUDIENCE: Adult and Young Adult
PUBLISHER: Amazon and Createspace
R. A. White has a way with characters. In her second novel, Kings of The Red Shell, the cast from Kergulen (Book One) becomes a dynamic set of heroes. The main character, an escaped slave named Rima, is as loveable as ever.
When Rima finally leaves her newfound family in Kergulen, she is excited to settle down in a city and hopefully fall in love with a rich and powerful bachelor. Unfortunately her friend and mentor, Jail, has other plans for her. He needs her to traipse along with him on yet another harrowing mission. This time, the whole world is at stake.
Rima’s personal journey from timid escaped slave to strong-willed fighter is both believable and charming. Throw into the mix a missing princess, dragons, and all-powerful magic stones, and you have the ingredients for a rich and exciting story.
While Kergulen, Book One, had a strong underlying theme that addressed racism and slavery, Kings of The Red Shell does not dwell on the same subject. That’s not to say the book is without substance. R. A. White deftly addresses difficulties that arise when people with cultural differences are forced to work in a close environment. She explores subjects such as social expectations, marriage and feminism without using a heavy hand.
I found the first half of Kings of the Red Shell somewhat slow, but by the time I was halfway through, I couldn’t stop reading. When it was over, I found myself hoping for a sequel.
R. A. White has done it again! If you loved Rima in Kergulen, Book One, put Kings of The Red Shell on the top of your reading list.
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