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Ennara and the Book of Shadows (Volume 2)
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I cannot get enough of this series. The first book was amazing and this one is just as wonderful. Keep it up. --Jenni Schell @ Bookschellves (Goodreads)
I will keep reading this series because it is just that good. It is filled with light-hearted, fun-filled adventures. --Lake @ LakeBookReviews (Goodreads)
Another fantastic fantasy book that older children will delight in. Ennara is a lovely heroine and, working with her three friends, they continue to fight the battle for goodness over evil using their developing magical abilities. Anyone who enjoyed the Harry Potter books is likely to also enjoy this series - I wonder if it, too, will eventually become a film? I hope the next book is published soon so I can find out what happens next as, like the previous book, whilst all prevalent troubles were resolved in this book it was still left on a cliff hanger position to whet your appetite for the next story. --Elaine @ Splashes into Books (Goodreads)
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Thirteen year-old Ennara Gaern expected studies at the Druidic Academy to be a breeze, and maybe studying magic with the world's druid leaders just a little exciting. But when she and her friends are expelled from the school for beheading a prize dragon turtle and creating zombie flowers, her world is turned upside down.
When a theft of magical artifacts is connected to her suspicious accidents at school, she and her friends must find the objects before the Druidic Council finds them, and starts a war. And on top of everything else, Ennara must learn a new form of magic to stop her necromancy from destroying her world.
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As a consequence of this setup we get a fair amount of Druid politics, and early on we get some mean girl and Professor Snape-type scenes that feel a bit undercooked. Not to worry, though, because once Ennara is reunited with the full crew from the first book, and once suspicious accidents start dogging Ennara, (a killer turtle, zombie flowers), the book gets back up to speed. Shortly thereafter magical artifacts disappear, the Dark begins rising again, and the game is afoot.
As before, all of the heroes have their roles to play. Everyone, including some especially fun supporting characters, gets some page time. And, we even have a slight touch of romance to add a little sizzle to the tale. We do, also, get a lot of magic, including some very advanced magic. This is not one of those books where everyone just waves around wands and mumbles. Different magics do different things, the magic has to be done right, Ennara is still learning, objects have odd properties, and so on. As a consequence, while this is a fine book for fantasy/quest readers, it does have a bit of a learning curve and takes magic and the world's magic system seriously. For readers who like their magic served with a bit of detail and rigor this is a plus.
As before, the book wraps up with a satisfying ending that leaves the door open for more. It's not a cliffhanger, just a cliff suggester, so there might be a third, and if not there is enough closure here to not leave a reader wondering. I always think that's a nice way to handle a series like this.
So, it was good to follow Ennara and her friends again. Fans of the first book should not be disappointed. Newcomers could start here; there's enough recapitulating to get them into the flow without having read Book One. Again, a nice touch, and a very solid read overall.
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Healing spells are a major part of the light magic, and Ennara has to determine the path of light to fulfill the right part of the prophecy. She has a talent for necromancy (we know this from book 1). As Ennara tries to use light magic it backfires. Someone is manipulating the situation forcing her to use dark magic.
Ennara Gaern is expelled alongside her best friend, Kithe Fontaine. The school year is suspended, artifacts are stolen from council members and royalty, Tzu is preparing for war, and diplomatic relations are falling apart. Council members are acting suspiciously; everyone is treating her with fear. Strange things happen to her. She is spoken to through her mind and just like Harry Potter she has visions. The only person that is trusted and gives her the information she needs is professor Branwen.
The plot and story sounded very intriguing, however, what I found the book lacked was originality. Every part the story took was somehow a reflection of J.K Rowling’s famous Harry Potter. Dark objects are controlling the council members, and Ennara needs to find and destroy them. Does this ring a bell to anyone? Harry Potter was searching for Horcrux’s. He had to destroy them to weaken Voldemort. Ennara has to go to the holy well, invoke the enlightened ones and make a vow to the way of light.
In addition, nowhere in the book mentions why Ennara is so special. If caul means magic, then most of the children at the academy possess it just as much as Ennara does. What makes Ennara so unique? Why so powerful? People believed the tiny caul membrane on Ennara’s face was a sign that she was special and will one day be a powerful wizard. She has a tattoo on her right hand because of it and studied magic from a very young age. That is all we know.
Conversely, We knew why Harry Potter was unique. Everyone knew what the scar meant. It was evident that Voldemort wanted Harry for the very same reason. However, in my opinion, grounds for Ennara’s powers or specialty are unknown.
Apart from what I mentioned above, this book is very detailed and entertains a lot of drama and epic battles. The Author has covered almost every loophole you could imagine and the storyline is very well thought out. Anyone with interest in any kind of wizardry story will definitely enjoy this book. There is a new addition to the team. Her name is Cinne, and she is a possible love interest for Kithe. I am happy that the team is no longer a trio because it adds more characters and stories to the tale.
The third book of this series is coming along shortly, and I hope that the story will have more originality.
Written by Jeyran Main
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