All Bellica Yarrow wants from life is to stay the course. Her
military career fulfills her childhood dreams and affords her a freedom
royalty never did. Yarrow doesn’t need anything more than the steadfast
friendship of her Major, Caelum, and her Chief Medical Officer Jules.
The Goddesses have other plans, however. They set in motion events
that threaten the Bellica with madness and despair. Constancy has been
Yarrow’s standby, but betrayals on every side push her further into
chaos. She watches the puppet-Empress, her aunt, destroy the country,
and dreads the day Zardria, her power-hungry twin sister, takes the
Sceptre and rules openly.
Should Bellica Yarrow keep her military oath, or topple her sister’s cruel regime? Can she?
The choice is nearly impossible. The longer she equivocates, the more
she risks the lives of everyone she holds dear. Meanwhile, Zardria has
her own idea of how events should unfold – and what Yarrow doesn’t know
could cost the Bellica her life.
Bellica is the first intallment in epic
fantasy series The Bellica Trilogy, part of the overarching series The Third Age. If you like books that are equal parts slow burn
and fast-paced action, diverse casts of characters, and deeply mythic tales,
then you'll love Katje van Loon's vision of humanity in the far-off future.
world of Athering's embattled, valiant women today!
Katje’s character development is fantastic. Just when you think you know one of the characters…some new piece of information is released that changes what you thought you knew.
review on Circle of the Sacred Muse
Kat (right) and Wolff (left)
The Kat and Wolff Pack is a team of a mother who writes fiction that will make your head spin, a daughter who explores gender and other constructs in zir fantasy worlds, and a dog who solves mysteries. We are Katje van Loon, Kaimana Wolff, and Tyee the Wundermutt. We live in the forests of BC, where we spend our days writing, reading, and paying heed to the goddess of wolves, Lady of the True Woods, Silva.