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Rage of the Dragon King Paperback – October 24, 2017
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But I'll be honest, the biggest reason for this rating: the plot did the same thing EMPIRE STRIKES BACK did in the original STAR WARS trilogy. It sucked hope dry from those fighting for good and made the "dark side" appear victorious.
Furthermore, it didn't answer any of the questions I had about the magic system. David didn't really use his magic in the book (and we find out why as an aside at the end of the book) and he wasn't the Paladin hero the first book set him up to be. Instead, this book was all about Eric and his introduction to "our world." There were smiles and laughs over this angle, for sure.
And don't even get me started on Charlotte. I loved her snark. I liked her much more than either of the boys. But everything that was revealed about her in this book felt...forced. As if readers wanted her to be "something more" so the author wrote it in. Most of the revelations in this book felt that way to me. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief.
**SPOILERS BELOW. STOP IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW**
I don't want to spoil this for anyone because I have a feeling the intended audience (young adult epic fantasy readers) will marvel over this. However, as someone who loves dragon stories and prefers young adult fantasy because of what is NOT included (sex and gore), I couldn't escape into this book.
The worst part (if sucking all hope isn't enough) was the feeling that NOTHING happened by the end of the story. I mean PLENTY happened. If hope is dead that means the individuals upon whose shoulders it rested are gone or powerless or something. But we didn't learn more about the evil plans or how they were accomplished or even the villain's motivation (unless the jilted lover thing is really it). And since I don't understand the magic system, I don't get how the DARK lord is so much more powerful than the ones named "most powerful mage"by the author.
I was disappointed that Charlotte just accepted David's "friend zone" request, especially since he said it was "only until this quest is done." Worse, she opened up to Eric's bold flirtations much too easily. It all felt so FALSE. But in the end, "I think I love you." What? It's been like two days?
If you don't like cliffhangers, I would recommend waiting until book three comes out before diving into this sequel. That way you can read the series straight through. The author can write and has established a worthy set of characters in an amazing magical realm, so I'm certain she'll make the payoff worth the time investment.
I really enjoyed the first novel in J. Keller Ford's FallHollow series, so I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to read an ARC of the sequel which is publishing at the end of this month!! I'm really excited to see where this series will go and I'm not spoiling anything, but the ending of this book is insane! Like seriously I read it on a long car ride and I started freaking out and my boyfriend was like, "What are you yelling about?" This ending, dude, this ending!!
I think what makes me like this series so much is the world building. I think Ford does an amazing job of building the fantasy world of Fallhollow. The way she writes it just makes me see it so clearly in my mind. What's different about this book is that the heroes actually spend a good chunk of their time back in David's hometown as they have to hide there to escape from their enemies. We didn't get a lot of the modern world that David and Charlotte come from in the last book, but I thought it was interesting to see how much it troubled Eric. It really fascinated me when he totally could not understand how drive-thrus work!
I really love the characters in this novel! David is kind of sarcastic jerk, which is why I love him. In the first book I was kind of wondering what Charlotte's purpose in being in the story was because she just didn't seem that fleshed out. We get a lot more about Charlotte in this book, and I think she might be my favorite character now. I love that when David tries to be all macho protective with her, she stands up to him. I probably would do the same, and it really made me start to like her more. She has a backbone, and she's not going to let anyone stand in her way.
I feel very conflicted about Eric though. He was my least favorite character in the first novel, and in this second novel I'm just not sure how I feel about him. Sure he is going through an existential crisis having just found out who his father is and having been lied to his whole life, so I get why he's so conflicted. I'm just curious as to if we will ever find out why he hates mages so much. It's like every other chapter he mentioned how awful they are. I think there is a piece missing from his history about that. I'm also conflicted about him because the book couldn't really exist without him. Both him and David play major roles and they have to work together to defeat the Dragon King!
So I'm not 100% sure if there is going to be another book, because there is an insane battle at the end of this book. I just feel like there is a little bit more to this series. Seriously when I finished it, I was like, "Wait, that's the end?!?" It's doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, but it ends with a few things that need to be addressed. So I do really want to see another book from Ford!
If you love fantasy and books about evil dragons this one is for you! I also think if you are a fan of the Elder Scrolls video game series you will like this one.
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