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She also likes to play with the pacing of the stories; there can be long, quiet, slow, sequences, then intense activity and action. This gives the reader, (me) time to 'catch his breath', and it helps to keep a good balance.
The 'magical' elements never take over from the basic story lines, even though they are always present.
The cliff hanger at the end of this book is no less frustrating than the first - be warned.
All in all, a great read. (I read it in one go).
As with the first book, the author kidnaps the readers and sends them on an adventure that takes them to the planet Bhan. Sula's family with Felix has grown throughout the years - and Shazar's family has just lost a member. The story pulls you right in and hooks you with tales of grief, great dialogue, believable characters, and magical world-building. There are often years between chapters, which is something I needed to get used to first - but it's the right choice because that way we can get to know all of Sulla's children. I was a little disappointed that we didn't learn more about her eldest daughter Fay after she grew up, but then again, there is already so much happening that I didn't really notice.
There's her intriguing first-born son Aigle, as Comyenti as can be, who is destined to carry on the line of mind-merging animal lovers who had been driven to near extinction by cruel humans those days. Valera is an interesting contrast to him, and the young twins are yet again different. It shows admirably how differently the qualities of Felix the human and Sulla the Comyenti have `mixed', for each of their children is different.
It was especially fascinating to see how Shazar had developed, and I can't help but liking him--or rather, be interested in him--although he is also dark and dangerous, hero and anti-hero all rolled into one. It was nice to see Twello grow up and play an important role.
While it would have been entertaining enough to read about the cleverly woven dynamics between the protagonists and their tension-laden interactions, Hellenthal has added another potent ingredient into the magic cauldron which causes quite a stir: There is a threatening new species on the hunt for the Comyenti. The Ypaka made my skin crawl, and they're the reason why I just HAVE to read Book 3 once it's out. Again, the story ends on a cliffhanger.
The author has succeeded in writing an epic fantasy adventure that doesn't just scratch the surface. She shows a real talent in portraying emotions and motivations, in highlighting how each of us has a special gift and should deserve a chance, and in stressing again how readily people throw themselves into conflicts, of which some are only in their mind or heart.
If you liked Book 1, you'll love Book 2!
Time passes rapidly in the first half of the second installment of the Comyenti Series. We fly through several years, and some very new and strange creatures are introduced, revealing it is not just the human's the comyenti have to fear. The world of Bhan is full of dangerous and cruel creatures that curiously resemble our favorite comyenti's.
When we come back to Shazar and Twello, we find a somewhat different character. Still, I have a deep-seated dislike for Shazar and Ms. Hellenthal has a great way of creating characters with depth and true feelings.
There were times the pace felt a bit slow, but overall I enjoyed this book. Bhan is a rich and diverse world and it is beautifully laid out and described.
By the end, I went from smiling over the love Felix and Sula share to once again yelling. Ms. Hellenthal has a way with endings!
All in all I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next!
I got hooked from page 1, and I had hard time to our it down.
I highly recommend "Children of the Sun" to anyone who loves fantasy, and I am looking forward to Hellenthal's next book.
This is the first book by Natasja Hellenthal I've read but it will certainly not be the last.
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A very well-written fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed.Read more
I really enjoyed this.