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The Shining Citadel: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles - Book II Paperback – January 20, 2013
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As in the first book, the characters are strong, unique, and engaging. It was fun to catch up with Archos, the thoroughly awesome mage, and to see how Dii and the other characters from book 1 are doing. Marden's character arc was especially interesting, as the Witch Hunter comes face to face with the fact that everything he's been taught about elves and mages is a lie. The group - Archos, Dii, Olek, Ozena, Th'alia, Marden, and Talfor - meet up with exciting and dangerous adventures during their search for the Shining Citadel. And the trolls in this world are really cool.
Some long, tangled, run-on sentences make the book a little difficult to read in places, and, as in book 1, there are some very explicit sex scenes. However, readers who prefer to avoid reading explicit material can skim over or skip those scenes without the story being affected.
On the whole, The Shining Citadel is an exciting, heroic fantasy adventure with great characters that kept me reading, wanting to know what happens to the characters and to learn more about this fascinating world.
This book has all the suspense of the first if not more. We find out a tad more about the plague that has devastated mankind and elves. Truths are exposed and the lies are sifted out like chaff on the wind. The characters are exactly what they should be...we see compassion from the ones that have spent their lives in slavery, we see treasonous thoughts as Marden finds truths, we see beauty in a race that has always been deemed ugly as Talfor, the hirik Troll,
I loved how Talfor was the voice of reason in one pivotal spot. Archos, for all we love him, is human, is subject to the human emotions. Talfor was just an amazing character and he quite stole the book away from Marden and Th'alia, in my opinion, but I am okay with that. Each character has their strength and their weakness and as a group, they are complete. The plot moves at a really decent clip, excellently executed! Alex has taken her time and created a world, strife with politics, fear and greed; filled it with characters that want to make a difference and change things.
Anything I didn't like??? hmm...I read fast, there was a few times the rich descriptions almost got in the way of the story, but I would rather have that than minimal descriptions that leave me wondering if I am seeing things the way the author wants me to see it.. Highly recommend this ...and yeah, if you haven't read the first, there is enough for you to go on to get the gist.....Now for the third one....come on Alex...write faster~