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- Publication Date: December 19, 2019
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- Language: English
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It was his three daughters who reintroduced him to the world of fantasy fiction. It was this experience - sharing and discussing stories and literature - that convinced him to compose a fantasy novel of his own, weaving together tales and ideas that had been circulating in his mind for decades into tales that he could share with his own daughters.
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I read the book that precedes this, Storm’s Herald, and really enjoyed myself. The immersive fantasy world, the unique magical system and creatures, all of those things that I loved from the first book were most certainly present in the second, some even more so! It’s obvious that Golan is growing as a writer and a storyteller and I flew through the second book faster than I expected.
I loved Baxter so it was awesome to see more of him
in general, I loved how much more we go to see of the arc’s of specific side characters that I’ve grown to love. Golan does a great job of inserting personality into every character, no matter how small, which makes them unique but also memorable and relatable.
This book differs from the first in a few ways too: it’s faster, action-packed, and the more of the overall story arc that is revealed, the more I find myself engaged with the material.
I do wish we’d been able to see more of Lynette’s magical journey though. Her classes are mentioned, but I’ve always found that aspect of magic (learning) to be fascinating to read about and would have loved to follow her inside a few times. In general, there were a few times like this where I felt a feeling could have been shown instead of told, but overall it didn’t take enough away from the book that I thought about putting it down. I just wanted more.
But that ending…sigh. I’m definitely gonna have to read the next one. I can’t leave it off on a cliffhanger! Good job, Golan…you’ve got one more fan waiting for the next installment.
Author: J.W. Golan
Book Series: Stormfall Chronicles Book 2
Publication Date: December 19, 2019
Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, there be dragons)
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: A dragon: the most powerful, destructive and malevolent force known. The last thing Lynette ever wanted to get closer to – and the one thing she’s been tasked to go find.
For the first time in centuries, a dragon has been reported on the edge of the Feyfell. Homes, cities, and forests are all threatened with fiery destruction. The news has plunged the Fae Kingdom into a panic.
Desperate to know the truth behind the reports, and unable to discretely dispatch his own fae soldiers to investigate, King Elyan tasks Lynette, Baxter and Eirlon with tracking down the whereabouts and intentions of the fiery beast.
But Lynette is still only a second-year student at the Fae Academy. She has come far – but she knows she’s no Arche-Mage. Baxter is still struggling to prove his worth, hoping Lynette might see him as something more than the boy-squire she first met two years before. And Eirlon – he still hordes secrets Lynette can only suspect. A girl, a boy, and a gnome – on the hunt for a fire-breathing dragon.
The threats facing the Fae Kingdom, however, are multiplying. A traitor has set his sights on King Elyan, while the Arche-Fae Council continues to treat the Princess Elise as an outsider – an adopted daughter rather than a noblefae by birth. Hostile armies are gathering on the kingdom’s northern frontier, while the mage-turned-swordsman Garth must balance between rescuing a boy on a quest and averting a larger war.
With sightings of dragons, rumors of war, and trained assassins stalking the land, will there even be a Feyfell for Lynette to return to?
Review: I felt like this book was much better than the first. We got a lot more content to the overarching story and the settings were a lot more fleshed out. The dangers are more eminent now. The book is also well written and it has good pacing.
However, I did feel like the action was just non-stop and while that was a good thing for me I would have liked for there to have been breaks and slow downs and stuff.
Verdict: This is a good series.
With the first book, I was disappointed with the lack of focus on one of the main characters, Baxter. I was excited to see his character grow even more in this second installment and that we were able to see so much more of his strength and personality. I also liked that we saw more of other secondary characters we met in the first book since it added more layers to this story.
There was also a lot more action in this second book which gave a better understanding of the world and the settings were better fleshed out. This all added to the overarching story and made me enjoy it more than the first book.
There were still a couple things I think could have been improved with this book and the series overall. Once again, Lynette has magic classes that are glossed over and we must assume she is getting better by one quick statement. I think the fact there are multiple comments about Lynette and Baxter accepting their new world and leaving the other behind them would be more believable if we saw them actually doing things in this new world. Instead, there isn’t much of their new skills nor opinions until about halfway into the book. Instead, the first half of the book we were introduced to many many tertiary characters that disappeared after their introduction.
I also had a very difficult time determining the timeline in this book. The plot progressed with certain characters point of views but then 20 pages later I realized one character was still a good week behind the others. At times it was a bit more obvious but since the POVs switched so many times the majority of the time I couldn’t figure out where we were.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed it more than the first book and can see not only the characters have grown but Golan’s storytelling as well. The action and new dilemmas plaguing these characters definitely make me intrigued enough to read the next in the series. Plus, I never can leave myself with a cliffhanger.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.