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'Accelerant' is the second book in this series, and I do recommend that you read the series in order. The books aren’t a light read, coming in at 400+ pages each, but it is such a worthwhile investment of your time! Kendig has created a wonderfully vivid world with its varied terrains, climates, peoples, and traditions – and especially with its fire wielding Accelerants and their Incipient nemeses. It’s a world rife not only with the usual tension between good and evil, but also political and ‘racial’ tensions between the various groups of people and their leaders – many of whom seem to share a family tree that is as gnarled and tangled as the crowned heads of Europe.
Caught in the centre of it all is Haegan Celahar, the once crippled son of the Fire King; now able-bodied, endowed with fire wielding capabilities he can barely control, and bearing the weight of a kingdom and a prophecy on his untrained shoulders. After being prevented from killing Poired Dyrth, he and his grievously wounded sister, Kaelyria, fly on Chima’s back to the frigid Northlands, where they are captured and taken before the leader of the ice-dwelling Eilidan, Aselan. But if Aselan’s trust is difficult to earn, it is nothing compared to the fighting and wielding skills Haegan must acquire if he is to fulfil his duty as leader of the Nine. And yet Haegan wants neither sword nor fealty. He simply wants . . . out. And to be with Thiel.
Kaelyria features a little more in this novel than the last, as she slowly recovers from her injuries, and there is some subtle (and delicious) romantic tension in her story along with a final scene that has left me holding my breath for the rest. The other character who has really come into his own in this novel is Thiel's brother, Tili, who makes a surprise challenge in the latter half of the novel. I can't wait to see where that's headed. And, of course, we're still rooting for Haegan and Thiel to overcome the barriers to their HEA, but that’s become even more complicated now...
It is difficult to articulate the way in which Kendig’s characters and their journeys grip me. Their struggles and emotions are so palpable, so absorbing, and she knows how to translate it into gripping action in her characters’ words and actions. There’s also a potency in the way her writing engages your senses. The details are so organic to the narrative, and so well-chosen in their economy, that you barely even notice you’re reading it rather than experiencing it; whether it be a one-on-one sword fight, trekking through various terrains, or simply feeling a tension-filled silence.
I could rave about this series all day, but really, all I’d be doing is preventing you from reading it for yourself. And we can’t have that, now, can we?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review.
The only thing about this book that made me rather uncomfortable is that that even though Accelerant is by a Christian author and a Christian publisher, the characters worship some other female deity. This was rather uncomfortable for me and my only real gripe with this series. That and some of the fantasy names and words that become virtually unpronounceable at times. I still think that Poired Dyrth is one of the oddest villain names in my reading history. It sounds so funny when I try to pronounce it.
Ronie's worldbuilding is very rich and complex. She has a way of getting into a character's psyche in a subtle, yet incredibly powerful manner that few authors ever manage to achieve. You grow so connected to these characters that you never want to let them go.
Prince Haegan struggles with crushing doubt, intense anger, and PTSD throughout Accelerant. Once a cripple, now he holds the weight of the world on his shoulders and no one seems to think that he is up to the tasks set before him. They cut him down at every turn and even those close to him leave him with the burn of betrayal.
His pain is so palpable, you just want to dive in and give him a big hug topped with a heaping dose of encouragement. For a man with a good heart, the knowledge that he is the prophesied world destroyer threatens to tear him apart. And as he is struggling to find his place in a world that fears and hates him, Poired continues to carve a burning swath across the countryside.
Kaelyra, Thiel, and Aselan also wrestle with their own individual pains and doubts. There is a glimmer of hope for the healing of these broken souls, but are any of them willing to take the risk?
And all I have to say about the ending of this book is: CLIFFHANGERS! *Cue frustrated screaming* Where is book 3 already? I need it!
Blood/violence: There are quite a attempted murders, a few deaths, and battles. Several murders, including a child (no detail given). There isn't really much blood, as most of the deaths are via the character's accelerant powers: burning. The combat is realistic while not succumbing to graphic detail.
Other: some (villainous) characters are well versed in the art of mental manipulation.
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This was even better than the first book, which, you really do want to read first. It was absolutely amazing.Read more