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The Emperor's Trap

(Tales of Tzoladia #2)

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Alternate cover edition for ASIN B071D82XFQ
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My dreams have great meaning. A dream brought me to Baskrod when I was a small boy. A dream showed me the emperor’s mad ravings in his throne room. And a recurring dream reveals that I will someday ride a lion into the city of Tzoladia at the head of a grand procession.

But prophecies, dreams, and
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published October 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published April 11th 2017)
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Mrs. Y
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, my friends, I am back with another review of the charismatic author R.A Denny. She asked me to review the second in her series of "Tales of Tzoladia" with "The Emperor's Trap." R.A asked me to review this for her as well, and I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited.

"The Emperor's Trap." is the second book in the series and takes up where "The Emperor's Harvest" left off. If you are not familiar with my review on "The Emperor's Harvest" please do peruse. We have the continuation of potential
Steph Warren
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this novel, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Before I start, I just wanted to note that this book was previously ‘Captives’ and was book 3 in the Mud, Rocks and Trees series. I will turn to the author’s own FAQ from her website to explain the change:

Q – When I started reading this series it was called Mud, Rocks, and Trees and there were six books, starting with Refugees. Now there are only five. What happened?

A – The
Lora Shouse
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I’m not sure exactly what has happened, but it seems that the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series I was reading before has morphed into the Tales of Tzoladia series, and the first two books, Refugees and Seekers must have been combined into a book now called The Emperor’s Harvest. So this book, The Emperor’s Trap is now the second book in the new series.

Anyway, it flows perfectly from the previous book, whatever it is. I love the different varieties of species that populate the Tzoladian Empire.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was asked to review book 3 in the Mud, Rock and Trees series, I jumped at it. I needed to know what was going to happen to Amanki, Moshoi, and Brina. Captives lived up to my expectations and then some.

Captives starts shortly after the stunning events in Seekers. Brina is sold into slavery. Amanki is in hiding and Moshoi is presumed dead. They need to meet. That is going to be impossible because of the situations that they find themselves in. Will they be able to meet? Or will they fall
Valicity Garris
If you’ve been reading Denny’s work long enough then you know she has been taking the time to rework her saga—I thought they were perfect before but never mind me!—so if you haven’t been a fan for long, or you haven’t been paying attention, you might not have noticed. That’s not to say so much has changed, you can still follow along very well and, of course, it helps that Denny’s writing has remained the same throughout—in fact, nothing of this book besides the cover and title changed from the ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captives starts rather ominously, a prologue in the point of view of Moshoi sets the tone that the three have reached a true point of no return on their journeys. We find Brina and the gliders are being sold into slavery, Tuka taking the reigns from Moshoi, with a new ally, and Amanki being thrust into a war. They are all so far removed from their starting point. However I still find the parity between their journeys fascinating and the way the stories are being woven together is fantastic. You ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first part of the series, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen to the characters next. This book met all hopes and then some.

Amanki has reached his destination and should now meet with Brina and Moshoi, the other holders of the three seals. Unfortunately, Moshoi is presumed dead after an avalanche, and Brina, while now in the city, has been captured and sold into slavery to one of the royals. Not only that, but war is about to begin and the emperor is
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Book Three in this exciting series is just as good if not the best in this series thus far.

In this book, everything centres around the city of Tzoladia - a city of weird noises, hatred, misunderstanding, slavery and strange ways. Our three main characters (with one minor twist) begin to intertwine with each other in a unique manner that leaves you craving for more.

Our story begins with Brina is sold into slavery, her peaceful people who do no harm to anyone are forced to watch and stand naked in
Maryjo Laupp
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book in the Tales of Tzoladia series and, once again, Denny does a beautiful job focusing the story on the prophecy and the three individuals whose destinies are being woven ever more closely together. The series originally consisted of more individual books and Denny chose to condense some of the titles to create a series with fewer titles.

Brina and Amanki find themselves in the capital city of Tzoladia although not quite in the way they might have expected to arrive. Brina
Paul Brandt
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Captives (Mud, Rocks, and Trees)" by R. A. Denny is becoming much more complicated, the story is still about uniting seals, but the tale expands.

The Good
-The unfolding story captivates.
-The characters, the world, and the plot increasingly develop.
-The main characters quickly need to grow up.
-Depravity creeps into this book much more than the other two. This may be strange for me to write this as a positive attribute to the book, but I believe it creates a more believable world.
-Crude language,
Anne Campbell
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not too old to enjoy a well-written YA fantasy--and R.A. Denny has put together a goodie. It's got scary adventures, heroism, and just the least hint of romance--but between whom? I know most of you are adults who are reading this--but, remembering back to when you were a teenager, didn't more than one person of the opposite sex set your pulse astir?

There are really four main characters in this book (Amanki of the mud people, who have webbed feet; Moshoi of the rock people, who have heavy
Gayle Pace
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first two books were good but this third book tops both of the previous ones. The characters become real and you get the feeling you know them. The author begins to get to the meat of what the characters were made of. This book is one of a kind. I'm not a real science fiction or fantasy reader but I have really enjoyed this series and it gets better with each book. It takes your imagination to a new place. It's an escape into another world and yet, you can relate this to a
Jennifer Manley
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Big Whopping Stars!!

I feel like I'm on the journey of a lifetime!! So far out of the three books this one has been my favorite. The characters are really starting to develop and they just come alive for me and jump right off the pages.

In this story you will find everything from war to intrigue to religious beliefs. I don't think I have ever come across a story such as this, which is good. That means it is very unique, and I like that in a book or series such as this is. Rhonda has created a
Christina Morley
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Emperor's Trap is even better than the first book. R.A. Denny is a creative story-teller with a unique world. The characters are maturing and continue to face individual challenges. One of the heroes who was duplicitous in the first book continues to have an anti-hero nature in the second. No one is safe. There are dangers all around, war is brewing, and many can't be trusted. One of the themes in the series is racism. Those who aren't human are considered sub-human. One of my favorite ...more
Michael Mardel
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captives by Denny. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The main characters seamlessly carried over from Book 2 and it was like meeting them again. I read it over one month at least as I moved 3,000 kms from Melbourne to Darwin, packing and unpacking and finding my way around a new city. It was much easier travelling by car than our heroes did, and the conflicts on the way. One character was killed in a landslide, but was he? Captives is a good title for this book as some of ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great continuation of the story. The author added a quick recap in the first chapter for each main character that helped refresh the reader's memory on the highlights of what had happened in previous books, something that I greatly appreciate. There are still plenty of cliffhangers, but they flow better.

I got to meet some new characters that I like and better understand some old ones. Moshoi is absent and missed in this book but his brother Tuka does a great job continuing his
Jodi Woody
Captives is the third book in what looks to be a six book series. I have loved them all so far. Books 3-6 are not out yet, so I will have to be patient to find out the ending. R.A. Denny has written a great fantasy series with so many different cultures and "humans". This last one was a little more gritty and so I can recommend for ages 16 and up. There are a few sexual references, no swearing, and there is violence. I love the Christian theme running through the book that isn't preachy or ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a slow reader I went through this one pretty quick. Reading it I wanted it to end so I would have a conclusion but as I went along I also wanted more. The story had been well written and thought out so far and I am really wanting to read the next book. I have come too far to not continue on. I have learned to care for the main characters and I keep pulling for them. Give this one a try and you might just get pulled in too.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And it continues

Still a good series with mostly likeable characters. Was hoping it was a trilogy but looks like there's at least six books so far.
Sunshine Somerville
Great continuation of the story. Storylines starting to come together, plot picking us momentum - it’s a really great read.
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R.A. Denny is an ancient history buff with a law degree from Duke University. While working as a criminal prosecutor by day, she escaped by night to create the fantasy world of her Tales of Tzoladia series.
R.A. Denny loves adventure, animals, and history. She has travelled to the ancient rock city of Petra on horseback, flown through the jungles of Costa Rica on zip lines, and visited the Great

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Tales of Tzoladia (5 books)
  • The Emperor’s Harvest (Tales of Tzoladia #1)
  • The Emperor's War (Tales of Tzoladia #3)
  • The Emperor's Visions (Tales of Tzoladia #4)
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