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Legends of Marithia: Book 2 - Darkness Rising [Kindle Edition]

Peter Koevari , Claudia Bartoli-McKinney , Holly J. Fox
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(Legends of Marithia 2 can be read in its own right or in sequence in the Legends of Marithia series)

In the aftermath of the Battle of the Elven Woods, the two legends of Marithian prophecy are both dangerously close to the dark grip of death as Marithia suffers under the powers of the Blood Red Moon.

Vartan, prophesised to save Marithia, lays spellbound under the protection of the mythical dragons.

The vampire sorceress Kassina, prophesised to bring about their Armageddon has been moved to the underworld by the demon lord himself, Shindar.

A seed of the gods has grown and their greatest gift to Marithians, Anakari, makes her fated journey to discover her purpose.
A former shining jewel of Marithian peace, castle Greenhaven, remains in ruins after its defeat under Kassina’s forces and the elves rebuild their war torn city of Veldrenn.

Talonsphere must be found before Marithia merges with the Underworld and Shindar brings about the world’s end.


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About the Author

Peter Koevari is a writer that holds fantasy dearly close to his heart. From an early age, he was immersed in all media of fantasy that he could get his hands on. Memories of movies such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Conan, The Last Starfighter, The Princess Bride, and many more are cherished memories of fantasy nostalgia.Peter's hunger for storytelling was growing from a young age. Feeding off movies, video games, and books, the hunger had never been quenched. There was a yearning for something, as if he was enchanted by a spell and did not know how to release it.
The worlds held inside his imagination had to be shared with readers of the world.
It took over 10 long years to unlock the doors to worlds such as Marithia, and to pen them into books to share with anyone willing to travel to his worlds, but once he found the key and began to write... everything made sense.
Peter's writing will surprise you, may shock you and take your emotions by its talons, but will transport your mind into a world of fantasy like you have never read before.

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  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Koevari; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068INX66
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey... November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed this read immensely!

Peter did receive some feedback regarding character depth in book 1. Book 2 eats this feedback for breakfast. It's as though book 1 was a 'teaser'... a fast paced fantasy thriller to get you hooked. Book 2 goes on to explain many beginnings for many characters. Not to give anything away, but we now know why Shindar is Shindar (and I don't really blame him)!

There are some extreme twists throughout, but especially toward the end. You are left guessing at many points, with answers being thrown at you when you least expect them. There were chapters that had me at the edge of my reading seat (literally!). There were chapters that provided some other types of thrills (will leave that to the imagination).

This is a book for the adults amongst us... having said that, Peter details these parts very well without the feeling of 'trashy' reading. It's all class.

I am thoroughly enjoying this saga, and look foward to book 3 and beyond. Peter has a way of writing that drags you in and allows you to create wonderful visuals of the story. You can become part of Marithia very easily.

Thank you Peter. Now hurry up and write book 3! ;0)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Legends of Marithia: Darkness Rising" is the second novel in the Legends of Marithia series from up-and-coming Australian fantasy author Peter Koevari, and while it might not be fair to compare it to its precursor, I'm going to do that anyway, because I think if you draw a line representing Peter's learning curve between Legends 1 and Legends 2, it reveals that the future of this series is very bright.

Even though "Prophecies Awakening" deals with what the reader at first thinks is going to be the end of the war between Shindar's army and that of the peaceful Marithian peoples, it's only the beginning of an arc that "Darkness Rising" continues. "Darkness" delves further into the clashes between the vampire armies and the human-dragon-elf alliance, and adds a number of nuances to what in the "Prophecies" seemed at first to be a fairly straightforward good-versus-evil clash. Kassina finds herself reborn in the underworld as a result of the powers of the demon lord Shindar, and she returns with the aim of continuing to wreak her revenge on the people of the overworld; yet again it is the alliance of the overworld peoples, focusing largely on the warrior Vartan (who was introduced in "Prophecies") and the sorceress Anakari (a new character to this book), who have to thwart Shindar and Kassina and their ever-growing vampire army.

In terms of plot, Peter spins a strong story and "Darkness" continues just as powerfully as its precursor. The storytelling is rich, the descriptions vivid; the Weeping Falls in particular were visually really well constructed and I enjoyed the scenes set in that site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Torch Under the Blanket Books November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The elves, humans, dragons and fairies have won the first battle but Marithia is still ravaged by the forces of darkness and our allies have been left bleeding. Their only hope, Varten, the boy of prophecy, lays dying and his death would herald the end of everything good. Marithia needs to win back its greatest trophy, the city of Greenhaven and find the hidden weapon, talonsphere, that lies somewhere within its walls. To achieve this, the war beaten friends must have more help, heavenly help.

In this 2nd instalment of the Legends of Marithia series, we get glimpses of the past and a better understanding of where the vengeance that fuels the fight came from. `Villain or victim' or is it `victim and villain'? Villains can be made when bad people do bad things to others and do a bad thing to someone with the power of a god and you can create a monster.

In Book 2 Peter Koevari again displays his passion for this genre as we venture through his fantasy filled imagination. Darkness Rising doesn't rocket along as much as Book 1 but I don't think this is any bad thing. I enjoyed not feeling as rushed as I did with Book 1. He has taken time to explore the characters and takes us on a much more emotional journey. Magic, deceit, betrayal, vengeance, violence, love and a healthy dose of lust are all good ingredients that make for an exciting M-rated adventure.

Darkness Rising ends as book 1 did with a tantalising twist that you leaves you demanding an explanation but as I know Book 3 is already in the planning I trust we won't have to wait long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised and Enjoyed the Read! January 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
The first chapters are a bit tough to follow in that Legends of Marithia: Darkness Rising bounces around a little in time. In one chapter, we're told a character died, then in the next chapter, we go back a little in time and see how that character died, without any indication that we've shifted gears except for a chapter change. Each chapter tells the story of one of the characters, mostly in an omniscient point of view, but focusing on that particular character, so it does work, even if it's a tad awkward in the beginning.

As with many epic fantasy novels, this one has a prophecy. We begin early in the book to see that the wheels of motion have started spinning on the fulfillment of this prophecy, when a child is born from a mix of a sorceress and a vampire, a mating that is illegal and punishable by death (vampires can peacefully co-exist, but there is a 'racism' issue with the people and the vampires in this story). The child has to witness the cruel murder of her parents and she strikes a deal with the ruler of the underworld and thus the prophecy is set in motion.

A caste system with a king and a jealous prince who wants his father's crown exists in this universe, and a rival in love with the princess is cast to bring about conclusion of the prophecy. This results in the prince seeking to destroy him before he can succumb to or fulfill his fate. The once peaceful Marithia erupts in war.

The castle lies in ruins. The knight from the prophecy is in cahoots with and spellbound by the dragons (and I have to say, I loved the dragons in this book!), and Shindar, the demon of the underworld, has been waiting for centuries to exact his revenge (which is another good story I would have liked to read more about so I'm hoping it's in part one of this series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires, Dragon, and Elves!
Darkness Rising is the second book of the Legends of Marithia series. The book begins where the first leaves off. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great story
Yet another great story from the lands of Marithia. Again we can read about adventures of some interesting characters - old and new (and some renewed). Read more
Published 14 months ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy!
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

*ebook provided for an honest review*

Book 2 in the Legends of Marithia series is every bit as good as Book 1. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michele H
4.0 out of 5 stars Read to my Heart's Content Reviews
Peter Koevari does a fantastic job of world building in this novel. We learned about Marithia in the first book, and yet I find that I am still being immersed in another side of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amy@Read to My Heart's Content
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Fantasy at its Best!
I literally could not stop reading this book. The pacing was brisk and writing was smooth. I am definitely in this series until the end. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Steven R Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put Down
Darkness Rising book 2 of Legends of Marithia by Peter Koevari is a fast paced fantasy thriller. Peter Koevari does an excellent job pulling readers in with all the twists and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by KrisSpor
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fantasy with a twist
This is book 2 of Legends of Marithia series.So far the series is making me think of a chess match.The first novel was a flurry of moves as the opponents test each others... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Caveman David
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!
Usually sequels fail to live up to its predecessor, however Koevari was once again able to impress me with his use of detailed visuals and a phenomenal final action scene. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nathalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends Of Marithia: BOOK 2
Legends of Marithia: Book 2 - Darkness Rising

The battles continues as Kassina is brought back to life with Shindar's help, Vartan is stuck in the darkness of Kassina's... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Hotcha
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Sequel
"In the blood of scales and days of kings,
Will come a boy to save us all.
Let us pray to the gods above, our voices large and small. Read more
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Peter Koevari is a writer that holds fantasy dearly close to his heart. From an early age, he was immersed in all media of fantasy that he could get his hands on. Memories of movies such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Conan, The Last Starfighter, The Princess Bride, and many more are cherished memories of fantasy nostalgia.

Peter's hunger for storytelling was growing from a young age. Feeding off movies, video games, and books, the hunger had never been quenched. There was a yearning for something, as if he was enchanted by a spell and did not know how to release it.

The worlds held inside his imagination had to be shared with readers of the world.

It took over 10 long years to unlock the doors to worlds such as Marithia, and to pen them into books to share with anyone willing to travel to his worlds, but once he found the key and began to write... everything made sense.

Peter's writing will surprise you, may shock you and take your emotions by its talons, but will transport your mind into a world of fantasy like you have never read before.

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