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- Print Length: 392 pages
- Publisher: BrokenSeed Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F9GXZ1U
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The characters are flawed, broken, and courageous. Their foes are unrelenting. Occasionally, the violence of the fight scenes rose above my comfort level, and I would have to skim. But that is my only criticism, very much a personal preference. The author doesn't hold back either. No one is safe. The romance is star-crossed. But through all of the hardships, there is a hopeful thread that keeps the reader turning pages.
Mbewe writes in classic fantasy style. The world building is great, the distinctions between the races are clearly drawn, and there are many cultural and political conflicts the characters must overcome. Recommended for readers who enjoy Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and/or Paolini.
There was a lot of introspection but actions didn’t always correlate so I found Alya and Kael frustrating to understand. They’d decide one thing and then do something else and then change their minds just as quickly. But it was two steps forward, one step back so I was happy that things progressed at least. And I was much happier with the romance this time around – there may have been a happy squee or two. 😉
My personal opinion is there is a great story here but I still feel it would only improve with a bit more refining. I am really looking forward to reading the last one when it comes out.
I've read it three times. And loved it every time. It's even better than the first book -- Secrets Kept -- and I'm already prepared to read it again! It had all the right amounts of adventure, mystery, traveling, romance, and dragons. DRAGONS! *swoon*
That's all for now. Go. Obey me.
I really enjoyed this second installment of the Hidden Dagger series every bit as much as I thought I would. We pick up where we left off. Ayianna is continuing on her quest with a group of adventurers in search of the ingredients that can be mixed together to cure the ensorcellment that a devious Sorceress has cast upon the people of the land.
As Ayianna travels, she continues her inner struggle against what her heart desires and the duty she feels bound to by the betrothal her father arranged for her before he died. As the story progresses, thankfully, Ayianna begins to see more and more through the pleasant facade of her betrothed and glimpses the darkness lurking beneath his handsome face and charming demeanor… which is a relief, because the reader has been aware of his true nature since the first book. However, that is not the only trial that Ayianna and her companions must face. Dragons, flash-floods, unfriendly denizens of the lands they travel through, self-doubt, and various other tribulations are only a few of the difficulties before the traveling group of would-be-heroes.
It was fun to return to the world of Nalu and spend time with these characters I had grown to love in Secrets Kept. And while this story did seem to proceed at a slightly slower pace than the first book, it was no less enjoyable. The delays and setbacks of the quest made the plot feel a little more meandering, but I did enjoy that they did not always succeed at everything they set out to do. Also, I get a little annoyed at characters who spend so much time internally berating themselves and second-guessing their every move… and there is a LOT of that in this chapter of the story, so that got a little old for me after a while and there were many moments when I wanted to grab Ayianna and Kael by the shoulders and shake some sense into them… maybe knock their heads together a bit. So that aggravation might make me take away a dragon egg…
But THAT ENDING! Aaaahhhhh!
I won’t spoil it for you, but I SERIOUSLY NEED book #3 now!!!!