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It’s somehow a very unique fantasy novel! I mean, it’s like a classic fantasy quest type of thing, and there’s dragons and other wonders and so on, but something about it felt... new. And different. And there’s not one particular quest, it’s more following Brant through his life and a series of quests and adventures, which gave it an interesting and unique overall arc to the story. And it’s quite well written, too! I was super impressed with how the author’s writing improved from book one (which I also enjoyed immensely! But the writing in this one is noticeably better, in the best way. :D) and just very easy to read. :)
Brant himself is my favorite for the most part—he’s just a great hero! :) I love the interesting things that come of comparing his home country and training with other places, and adding to his mysterious and generally epic air. :D He was a wonderful character in King’s Warrior and Yorien’s Hand, and just... I love getting his story! ^_^ I so enjoyed reading about his childhood up to being the King’s Warrior. Fabulous.
Plus, in the second half, Brant and Arnaud being friends when they were younger IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! ^_^ I also loved getting to see things about the past of some of the other King’s Warrior characters, like how Princess Kamarie’s mother and father met! SO GREAT! :D And, of course, the minstrel Kiernan Kane makes a fabulous cameo! Love that minstrel fellow! ^_^
This is kind of like if Aragorn had a prequel about his youth, or if we saw Gwydion (from Prydain) out learning things when he was young. And I absolutely love that! :D Getting to see Brant wander across all of the various lands in this delightful fantasy world, learning things and meeting friends old and new, and generally becoming the wise, epic warrior we know from King’s Warrior. He’s one of my favorite characters of all time, and I just loved seeing his backstory! ^_^
Oh, oh! And when Brant talks with the Forest! I loved that part! :D One of my faves! ^_^
I find it amusing how I actually read these in reverse chronological order. XD I started with Yorien’s Hand, which takes place after King’s Warrior; then I read King’s Warrior; then I read Second Son, which is chronologically before King’s Warrior. XD ...Now I kind of want to read the other two again! :O
A funny thing about prequels... I can never decide if they’re best read before or after the main Book One... because both ways are so enjoyable! I’m definitely glad that I read King’s Warrior before this, since a lot of the sad things in Second Son I wasn’t AS sad about as I would have been if I hadn’t already known how certain things end up in Brant’s life. Somehow, a lot of the sadness in this book is okay, simply because it IS a prequel and I know that a lot of the characters in it aren’t in later ones and therefore are probably dead later so I try not to get TOO attached to them... And so on. And something about it being the sad backstory of a hero, makes it easier to bear because it’s PAST and not currently happening. (Kind of like the older myths of The Silmarillion are easier to bear because they’re not NOW in the time of LOTR and The Hobbit.) If that makes any sense at all to anyone other than me. XD Some of it WAS sad, by its nature, but I didn’t actually mind. (The most heartbreaking thing of all, of course, was Brant and his brother. Which of course I knew about due to King’s Warrior, but... yeah, I’ll just go over here and cry for a bit. Ahem.)
There’s joy and heartbreak, humor and epic quests, and just everything a fantasy novel needs! :) Overall, I just really, really, really enjoyed this book! ^_^ I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves epic fantasy or just a good adventure, because it’s fabulous. :D
So, no, I am not disappointed that the mystery of Brandt was revealed...but I think he will have to try harder in Book 3 to maintain his number 1 status now that he has lost his unfair advantage over the other characters. I very much enjoyed this book and can't wait to get my hands on the third volume, Yorien's Hand, which takes us back to Kamarie and the events of Book 1.
It's equal parts epic and heartbreaking as you learn the gritty details of how Brant came to be the man he is. I loved getting a closer look at Llycaelon, it's history, and military traditions. Besides Llycaelon, we get to venture out with Brant and explore the world that Jenelle has created. And it's fascinating.
Even though it's a prequel, we get to see some familiar faces from book 1. As soon as I finished this book, I thought about going back to read the first book now that I had a context for a few things. Brant is a fascinating character that quickly made it onto the favorite character list. I'm really glad we got his story.
Recommended for anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and stories about family.