In A Cry of Honor (book 4 in the Sorcerer's Ring), Thor has returned from The Hundred as a hardened warrior, and now he must learn what it means to battle for his homeland, to battle for life and death. The McClouds have raided deep into MacGil territory - deeper than ever before in the history of the Ring - and as Thor rides into an ambush, it will fall on his head to fend off the attack and save King's Court.
Godfrey has been poisoned by his brother by a very rare and potent poison, and his fate lies in Gwendolyn's hands, as she does whatever she can to save her brother from death.
Gareth has fallen deeper into a state of paranoia and discontent, hiring his own tribe of savages as a personal fighting force and giving them Silver Hall - ousting The Silver and causing a rift in King's Court that threatens to blow up into a civil war. He also schemes to have the fierce Nevaruns take Gwendolyn away, selling her off in marriage without her consent.
Thor's friendships deepen, as they journey to new places, face unexpected monsters, and fight side by side in unimaginable battle. Thor journeys to his hometown, and, in an epic confrontation with his father, he learns a great secret of his past, of who he is, of who his mother is - and of his destiny. With the most advanced training he's ever received from Argon, he begins to tap powers he didn't know he had, becoming more powerful each day. As his relationship with Gwen deepens, he returns to King's Court in the hopes of proposing to her - but it may already be too late.
Andronicus, armed with an informer, leads his million-man Empire army to once again attempt to breach the Canyon and crush the Ring.
And just as things seem like they can't get any worse at King's Court, the story ends with a shocking twist.
Will Godfrey survive? Will Gareth be ousted? Will King's Court split in two? Will the Empire invade? Will Gwendolyn end up with Thor? And will Thor finally learn the secret of his destiny?
"The Sorcerer's Ring has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers." (Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos)
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I am stunned that this woman got published. Her writing is bulky and repetitive. The characters are fairly well developed but she tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. No one laughs in her book - everyone "roars with laughter", everyone is "crestfallen" - a language variety sometimes could not hurt. There is an incredible over-description of how characters feel and an under-description of the creatures in her world (although none of them make sense - I cannot even visualize what she describes). Plus the heroes always win at everything. They never make a mistake, their aims are always true and they always make their shots. It's a big unrealistic. There is no consistency in flora or fauna which makes it difficult to visualize anything. I read the first 4 books of the Sorcerer's ring hoping for improvement and finally gave up. It's a painful read =(
On the other hand - the narrator was fabulous. He did a great job - I am just sorry that he had such poor material to work with =(
Her characters were interesting.
Stay away from Morgan Rice - ouch! I would definitely try Wayne Farrell again!
- Raven S.
Another terrific installment!