- File Size: 2628 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Publication Date: June 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DHRZ3Y6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Quickening (QuickSilver Codex Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I am not sure why I keep letting Kallysten do this to me. I find myself so entrenched in the worlds she creates that it is often a couple of days before I recover and can attempt to read another book. I find myself wondering what Vivien, Braden, and Aedan are going to face next. Her ability to fully develop characters without subjecting the reader to prolonged dictions is startling. As a reader, I thrive on her sharp-decisive writing style. She has introduced me to a triad of characters that I am eager to see find their happily ever after.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
***Same Review Posted on both Bodyguards and Quickening
Brad is having trouble staying strictly professional when he is so in love with Dame Vivien. It doesn’t make things any easier that Vivien wasn’t raised with the rules of high court and doesn’t think that their love is unproved. Between Brad and Aeden they start teaching her the ways of court and channeling. She must learn to channel if she is going to have allies and have any chance of being Queen.
The next book in the story didn’t disappoint. It brought new love and magic as well as heart break and anger. Big changes were coming at the end of the book and I look forward to reading the next installment to see where things will go.
Aside from challengers, her connection and love relationship with Bradan, one of her guards is strengthening, and she has come to some simple agreement with his twin, also her guard Aeden. In this story, Kallysten has managed to further develop the world, and we are learning about the world of Foh'Ran with Vivien. This serves to increase the tension for the reader: Vivien's learning is imperative and provides a fuller picture; both broadly described and nuanced which aid in the reader's visualization. There is much time devoted to Vivien's internal struggles and insecurities: all completely logical for her situation, if not always understood by the only two who fully understand her dilemma: her bodyguards Bradan and Aedan.
Until the last 15% of the book or so, this is an almost wholly character driven story: action is mostly interpersonal. The story climaxes with a twist that will forever change the relationships and dynamics between the three, and places a whole new set of complications that will start to be explored in the next book. This is, like many of Kallysten's books, a novella length series episode that is quick to devour and painful to wait for the next installment. I liked this more than the introduction to the series, the changes and development of the characters brought a deeper connection and understanding of them, while presenting them as admirable, but flawed people with good intentions.
I received an eARC of the book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.