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Courage: Makilien Trilogy - Book 2 Paperback – March 14, 2012
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Molly Evangeline is the oldest of three, all of whom are homeschool graduates. Since graduating she has actively pursued her writing career and is the author of the historical adventure series Pirates & Faith. She currently lives with her family in Wisconsin where she continues to focus on her writing and other creative endeavors.
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First off I will admit that while I enjoyed Truth, it was a little slow for me. But hey, it was one of the author's first books, and she certainly improves!
Courage brings the intensity to a new level with higher and more painful stakes and consequences. Characters are developed and deadly plots are revealed. And after a huge battle that spans over several chapters, we are left off on one of the best cliff-hangers I've encountered in a book. Rather then causing you to growl and throw the book against the wall, it makes you gasp in alarm/delight and dive for the next book.
Fortunately, I had the next book and could finally answer my questions from the Amazon preview. Trust is definitely the best of the three, bringing in an intense, mysterious style that was not present in the previous books, but serves this story splendidly. Along with the black and white/good and evil characters that were prevalent, we are introduced to new or revealed grey characters with deep, difficult conflict. I must say that after three books with these characters I was rather experiencing all their pain with them. And...Sirion...if you, like me, have a thing for noble, tortured heroes you'll love him. And if you, like me, enjoy the brooding, struggling anti-hero, you'll love Rylean. And Aeden is just cool.
Violence-- Battles are detailed as to combat, and while there no shortage of casualties, nothing is really gory or descriptive. Characters are often tortured throughout the books--beaten, burned, whipped--most notably in the last book, but description is handled with taste. Don't think I'm morbid, but it was super nice to see the author let the villain be as bad as they wanted. So often they'll fall short of their true nature because the author is merciful to their characters. Oh yes, there was discretion for the reader's stomach, but this author really let the villains have a go at the heroes! I only wish a little more attention had been paid to the reality of the victim's wounds. I understand that adrenaline can do amazing things, but sometimes the heroes could talk or move way too well for their injuries.
Sexual--Um...next to none? There is romance, but the characters are all extremely chaste, only gifting each other with an occasional embrace of encouragement and a kiss on the forehead. Which was very nice.
Other--While this is a fantasy with an array of fantasy creatures, there is no magic.
This fantasy trilogy is an exciting, involving story of triumph over evil, faith in impossible situations, and all around good guys. The simplistic writing style serves the story well. I think the peak of my enjoyment might have been from tweens to early teens, but I enjoyed this nevertheless! If you're looking for a new adventure, definitely consider this one!
Courage takes place roughly a year after the events of Truth. During the skipped over time, Makilien has been trying to share the Truth that she learned with the people of her native village. However, Zirtan's men haven't been too pleased with her doing so. To keep her family safe, she is now living on the edge of the village with Aedan, her childhood friend, the only other person who has openly accepted the Truth.
Of course, intentions don't always go as planned, and, despite the fact that she is trying to stay as inconspicuous as possible, and to keep her family as out of this as possible, she has been whipped twice and her family ... gets arrested and condemned to be burned at the stake. She can't do anything about it, though, as they've captured her as well and are carrying her off to Zirtan.
Cue the return of the friends that she had made during the course of book one. They manage to rescue her and her family, and they help them and two young men escape the village and they go down to the cities that are not under Zirtan's control to help out in the upcoming battles.
In some ways, I thought this better than the first book, in others ... it fell somewhat flat in comparison.
What I thought was better:
Less focus on Makilien. Makilien is still the main character, but, unlike Truth where there was only one scene told from the point of view of someone other than her, I'd say at least half this book was from someone else - usually Aedan or Sirion. I'm not completely in love with Makilien's character, so I found other points of view a fresh change.
Plot twists that left me gasping. There were several of these. I'd be reading along, with no clue as to what would happen next and POW a plot twist. The plot twists of Truth had been good. The plot twists of Courage were amazing.
I had to put my kindle down to laugh for a full minute at one point. Reading around on Molly's blog, I discovered that she considers humor to be her weak point, and, after reading Truth, I could see why. It hadn't been bad. It was just ... flat. However, in several scenes in Courage, the humor was nailed, even forcing me to put the kindle down so I could simply laugh. And I don't do that very often. I tend to be an very unemotional reader.
Leiya, Makilien's younger sister. She had been introduced in Truth, but had only been in the first few chapters. It is my personal conviction that every book needs a cute, irrepressible black-haired girl somewhere between six and eleven. I don't remember if Leiya had black hair or not for certain (I'm thinking it was brown) but other than that, she fit the bill.
Robin Hood showed up! Okay, no he didn't, just the Robin Hood-like community of Rhûnland. I'm a huge fan of Robin Hood, and, while the people of Rhûnland don't rob from the rich to give to the poor, they do live in the woods and are the finest archers in the land. (Least-ways their bows are the strongest.)
Other women besides Makilien and the dragon take part in the battle. I still am looking for the reason for Makilien to be in battle in the first place (beyond the fact that she wanted to) but at least she's now not alone.
What I didn't like:
Repeat. The basic plot, I felt, seemed to be merely a repeat of Truth. Escape Reylaun, travel to Eldor, seek out allies (and make them despite all improbabilities) then fight the war. Also, the gaining of the two allies made in Courage seemed to be repeats of each other. Get arrested by potential allies, thrown into prison, then, when all seems darkest and bleakest, they convince potential allies to be allies through the courage that comes from their faith in Elohim - which is the theme of the book, but the carryout just felt a bit redundant. It wasn't bad ... but it was there. It almost felt as though she were using a formula. However, thanks to how the book ended, I'm hoping that book 3 won't follow this formula.
The Romance. There wasn't much, and I had smelled it coming in Truth, and was therefore prepared. But ... while it wasn't the worst romance I've ever read ... I found Aedan and his love interest rather ... sudden and ... improbable. Yeah, I can understand it on his part ... but hers? They've only known each other a few weeks, and she's one of the elves, who, from what I gathered, seemed to take things slower - especially her. Maybe I missed something there? Makilien and hers ... I saw them coming ... so really didn't mind. My biggest issue is I would have preferred it if the two young men had asked the fathers' permissions. Makilien's love interest should have, at least. Yeah, I have old fashioned standards.
However, the drawbacks weren't bad enough to keep me from not falling in love with the book. I can't wait for Truth to come out!
Best for Ages: 13 - 25
Why in the world did it take me so long to get back to this series? No matter, I assure you I will not let over a year go by before I read the final book in the trilogy.
This book picks up where Truth left off: Makilien telling her hometown the good news. However, she is suffering for her beliefs and they cost her. Soon she and her family our on the run along with other friends.
Makilien is a strong female character that I just love. She is good with weapons, she can battle many foes, yet still somehow maintains some femininity. Her bravery and her courage are something I greatly admire.
ll the other characters are well crafted in this story. Makilien’s own family was very dear how they interacted. Srion was my favorite after Makilien. He was strong in his faith and character … as well as kind.
The fantasy world of Dolennar was well built. It felt very real. I felt as if I could easily see what the author had envisioned. Each place the characters go brings the story more to life. I can see this being made into a movie.
The message of redemption and strength coming from God were a large part of the story without ever feeling forced. I especially like some of the unlikely people that are redeemed through the story. It was a reminder that no one is too far from the Grace of God.
I highly recommend this book for those who love fantasy, stories of faith, a strong female characters.