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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.