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- Print Length: 430 pages
- Publication Date: May 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0725DR96Z
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
From The Shadows : Book 2 in the Mortisalian Saga Kindle Edition
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"From The Shadows : Book 2 in the Mortisalian Saga" by L.J. Stock continues the Mortisalian Saga (2 Book Series) series, a flawless melding of fantasy, self-discovery, and romance. "Parallel (Mortisalian Saga Book 1)," the introduction to this series, is a captivating masterpiece that practically plants a 3-D cinema screen in your mind's eye, bringing forth an array of rich visuals that automatically replay in remembrance. Tormented and imprisoned for the first part of her life, Cassandra Collier finally found freedom only to be thrown into a prophecy that centers her as the salvation of two dimensions. After surviving an attack that brought loss and stark revelations about the responsibilities she bears and the magnitude of devastation that failure could bring, Cass is even more determined to do her part to ensure that good triumphs over evil. This novel begins months after the end of "Parallel (Mortisalian Saga Book 1)," as Cass now prepares to fulfill her part of the prophecy that will save both of the dimensions she's called home. She's embraced her as Princess full-time, taking steps to improve the lives of Mortisalians as they prepare for the inevitable war against Thanatos. Ugh, yes, the horrible Thanatos. If you've read "Parallel (Mortisalian Saga Book 1)" (which is necessary before reading this novel), I imagine the mere name of that abhorrent monster still makes your skin crawl like it does mine, so adept was Stock's portrayal of him.
"There's no way out... It's kill or be killed now. They have us outnumbered and we need all the swords we can get. We fight or die."
There's fighting in this story, and there's dying in this story. In this epic saga where evil fights for supremacy, lives are expendable. The war continues and multiple battles take place. Cass is captured by Thanatos' men, and she's forced to once again live a life of physical imprisonment and mental torment, made even more terrible this time around because she now has a family of people she's formed meaningful relationships with and being away from them all, particularly Damon, is heart-wrenching. It's impossible to tell you much about this story without filling this review with spoilers that would steal from your own reading experience. What I can say is that the storytelling continues to be gripping, with Stock's seemingly easy way of building momentum with your anticipation and bringing both to an explosive climax. She's undoubtedly mastered the ability to create that bone-deep feeling that has your eyes stinging with tears and your body locking in rapt attention, and she achieves this whether she's depicting tender exchanges between "lovers" Cass and Damon, sweet demonstrations amongst friends and family, or fearful moments of agonizing terror. Her writing tends to leave you so lost in a scene that you can see sparks from the clang of metal, or a character soaked in blood while standing with nothing but a single sword amongst a sea of enemy forces. Stock's characters are complex and have you bouncing back and forth like a pendulum in your opinion of them, your willingness to like and accept them as who they are rather than who you think they should be. Some will worm their way into your heart despite your objections, while others will simply slide on in as though they're old friends, and through many of their interactions, you can practically feel the strength, the pureness of their connection. Thoughtful yet sometimes hasty and annoyingly courageous Cassandra Collier likely cemented her place in your heart in "Parallel (Mortisalian Saga Book 1)," and this story will keep her there but not without some rocking. Her sense of self-preservation is only ever secondary at most, and it often falls further down the line of importance in matters of crisis and routine alike. Which is infuriating for a reader who wants to keep her safe. She just...never has it easy, and yet she keeps fighting. She makes mistakes, and her behavior will infuriate at times, but there's never any question of her heart. Even the best of us err from time to time, sometimes egregiously so, but Cass proves that life is a continuous learning process with endless opportunities for betterment. Damon remains the valiant, loving protector who, just by being himself, gives Cass everything she needs.
--Every kiss was different and held the excitement of that first stolen one we'd shared before the ball... We clung to one another with a quiet desperation that I couldn't even begin to explain. I just knew that here, like this, I was home.--
Like "Parallel (Mortisalian Saga Book 1)," "From The Shadows : Book 2 in the Mortisalian Saga" left me a bit sulky that the love story between these characters wasn't more extensive, but who can blame me when Stock created a foundation for their relationship that is utterly beautiful and has me salivating to see every single aspect of it play out. Everyone who means something to Cass is now in Mortisali, so the entire cast of supporting characters returns, including her entire family, as well as luscious Rasmus, sweet Melody, and the ever-annoying Baron Sideris. New characters are introduced on both sides and further discoveries are made about Cass and her lineage and the other magical beings who reside in Mortisali. Shannon will have you in stitches and Grigori will confound you. Masked latros and venefius will once again feature in some of your nightmares.
With twists and turns galore, "From The Shadows : Book 2 in the Mortisalian Saga" will keep you in a continuum of roiling emotion. What alarmed, surprised, and frustrated me most about this novel was the added current of psychological mindeffing.
"Do you remember when I asked you to trust me? You told me you did and you would. I kinda need you to dig deep here and keep a hold of that."
Trust. Faith. Loyalty. Such huge themes coursing through this story, all of them tested throughout. But hold on, because while these themes course through the story they also run parallel to your experiencing of it, your willingness to be trusting, faithful, and loyal to Stock's storytelling also constantly questioned. The way she pushes and tests your mind and heart will unnerve you, and you'll likely want to murder her from time to time, particularly due to her apparently sadistic pleasure in making you conflicted, reminding you that perfection is fantasy and assurances are illusions. But it's worth it. In the real world, many of us believe in either black and white or shades of grey, and wherever we fall in that debate, we're certain of our beliefs. In Mortisali, there's an explosion of colors that leave you discombobulated, and despite your best efforts to hold on to your beliefs, you're shaken time and again and shown how acceptance of a riot of possibilities and realities can open you up to a world of peace and understanding. I'm still pissed as all get out at Stock for this story, which of course proves she did an amazing job in telling it. She's woven a tale that in some moments you'll think you know, only to learn that you don't, the entire story keeping your stomach and mind twisted in knots of possibility and your equilibrium shattered. This is what a fantasy should be, and I'm convinced the rest of this series will only get better.
I started reading From the Shadows as soon as I got it and was immediately engulfed right back into the story as if no time had passed between book 1 and book 2. All the emotions that I felt from book one, came right back after the first paragraph. The author writes in such a way, I got so involved in the story, that I half expected one of the characters to ask me to step up and help.
The characters are so well written that I felt like I was right there in the story with them going through all the ups and downs alongside them. This book had my heart racing at times (you can tell because I have several nails that I completely bit down while reading certain sections.), but also had me feeling the anxiety, love, complete despair, anger, joy, and every other emotion the author brought the characters through.
The Mortisalian Series is unlike any story I have ever read. Not only is the plot line totally unique, the characters are alive. If you get anything out of this review, I hope it is – READ THIS BOOK! ☺
I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It feels like visiting old friends in a world that LJ describes so beautifully that you want to live there yourself <3
I adored Parallel and I wasn't sure what/if anything could top it. oh boy was I ever wrong.Read more
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