Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos… and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.
Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.
Lady, Thy Name is Trouble is an epic story that builds an interesting world, and even more interesting characters. The story quickly drew me in with the sudden invasion of the castle where Tara and her sister were staying and it took a while before the reader (or characters) got a chance to catch their breath.
The first of multiple books, Thy Name is Trouble, does slow down at moments, taking the time to provide rich descriptions that helps us to understand the land which the characters are traveling through. The characters are well-developed, and the interactions between them read very real.
There were moments of laughter, and times of sadness. All of the characters grow and change through their journey, learning about themselves and each other as they travel on their journey. I felt I was given a chance to understand all of the characters to some extent, and was left still wanting to learn more. Enough seeds have been planted in this book that I desperately want to read the next to see what happens. I look forward to getting to the next story, watching as the characters continue in their journey and seeing their relationships evolve.
About the Author:
Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She’s been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.
She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.
When she’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.
Other Reviews and Information:
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