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- Print Length: 436 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546479074
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- Publisher: Moonclipse (August 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073G12SJB
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Book two of Kingdoms of Sand was better than the first... in some areas. I feel that this book had some amazing moments, the best being when Offer met Emperor Marcus. That was the highlight of the book, in my opinion. We got to see Ofeer complaining on and on and on and on about finally meeting her father... well, she gets her chance and boy was it a wake-up call, to say the least. Out of the various characters in the novel, Ofeer had the most impact and change, and so did Seneca. These two characters really moved the plot by changing organically after suffering from past mistakes.
The other POV character journies were on the predictable side. Every cliched trope reigned its ugly head, making reading their passages not so great. One thing I'd have to say, in agreement with another commenter, was the vast plot to overthrow the Empire. The build up to the moment of the coup was brilliantly crafted, great tension and atmosphere, but it's execution was subpar and could have been so much more impactful than what was presented. I feel that the author could have lengthened the repercussions of the coup's consequences.
Now, the part in which yanked me totally out of the narrative was the closing chapter in this novel. I'm not one to point fingers, but the final action scene was SO reminiscent of the Night King and zombie army of Game of Thrones that it became impossible to ignore. I try not comparing fantasy novels to that behemoth of a series, but it was just too obvious for my taste. And the way the main heroine handled the scene was very deus ex machina and lacked any foreshadowing besides last minute descriptions explaining things... it left me feeling like "meh."
I feel that this book was more formulaic than its predecessor. And it really could have benefited with more unpredictability and more character development/engaging events. At best, I'll rate it three stars, it is an entertaining read, maybe too simplistic for seasoned fantasy readers. And it's not too dark and brutal as the first book... more inclined to young adults (17+)
The second chapter of Daniel Arensen's Kingdoms of Sand saga finds all the lands surrounding the Encircled Sea under the control of the Aelarian Empire. In Zohar, Gefen is lost, destroyed by the forces of Seneca Octavius, son of the Aelarian emperor, Marcus Octavius. Jerael Sela witnessed the destruction of the city he ruled. His wife and children are scattered, enslaved or fleeing as Porcia Octavius, daughter of Emperor Marcus and rival of Seneca for inheritance of the Empire, captures Beth Eloh, capitol of Zohar.
With the fall of Zohar all lands surrounding the Encircled Sea are controlled by the Aelarian Empire. Especially significant, by controlling Zohar, the magical energy, Lumen, which only flows from Beth Eloh, is also in the Empire's control.
The lands around the Encircled Sea may be controlled by the Empire, but the flames of resistance are brightening.
As usual, Daniel has given us authentic characters, rich in detail and spirit. The action and combat sequences are realistic and exciting, really get your blood boiling. I had trouble putting it down, and when I finished, I had to start over and read it again just to capture any details I hurried past the first time!
This is high action fantasy at its best! You'll love it! I can't wait for the next book in the series. This is a must read!
For the rest of us the flaws of the series keep spoiling the fun though (Game of Thrones without pesky complexity). This time around the protagonist stupidity can no longer be excused.
All Sula kids still act as dumb impulsive naïve teenagers (after the harrowing events of book one we would except some character growth here, actual trees develop faster)
The senatorial plotters are plain idiots, no excuses here, how can you plot to kill the Tyrant and not his heirs? Especially when one is an established military commander? These guys had 20 years to plot and this is what they came up with?
I love seeing the world from the different points of view, watching each character's struggles, wondering where Arenson will take them next!!
The characters evolve, they grow on you and you get to see an other side of them.
The book is action packed, so many things happen at such a fast pace.
And the end.... I can not tell without spoiling, but jeez!!!! :)