The Cost of Peace

Tomb of Ortheus Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
465 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2021
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This was such a fun book to write. I felt most strongly for Mortaigne. It was so strange writing her in Book One when I knew what she would become later in the series.
She becomes someone to admire not due to her social status but the woman she matures into.
Enjoy her early days, and be patient with the suppression she experienced under a conservative, patriarchal society. So many have walked in such shoes.

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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite

The Cost of Peace is book one of the Tomb of Ortheus series by Frankie Waters. Master Elias is of the Blood Diamond Sept, dedicated to his role as one of Princess Caela’s Honor Guard. He is faced with a difficult decision, allowing a treacherous, exiled man named Danne to serve with him in the Princess’s Honor Guard. He would have struck Danne down where he stood but the other man knows something other people must not: he knows what Elias is. If Elias had known what he was, he would never have taken the oath that bound him to his duties. His very life and existence endanger the person he swears to protect. However, his first loyalty is to the treaty, and he must do what is needed to fulfill it. Although the treaty has been signed, conflict breaks out and threatens to tear apart the hard-won peace.

The Cost of Peace is an epic fantasy with action, adventure, and fascinating twists and turns. It followed several key characters as they navigated through the unexpected trials and renewed conflicts threatening to break the peace. As I read, I found myself pulled into the story and its gripping plot. There is never a dull moment! I felt like I was constantly on the edge of my seat, wondering what else could possibly happen after certain key scenes: during the attack on King Elum or when Mortaigne was abducted. I grew attached to the characters and my focus was fixed on the struggles they faced against the enemies determined to tarnish the peace. The characters’ struggles and the hurt they experienced along the way broke my heart. Frankie Waters’s words made me feel like I was with Bourdhain all throughout the story and because of that, the storyline had more of an impact on me. Overall, I found this novel to be an impressive, intriguing read! The way it ended made me wonder what would happen next and I am definitely looking forward to book two of the Tomb of Ortheus series. Great job!