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It is just as great as the first book. Although I have classified this series as "fantasy" it truly has no classification it is unique. There are great battles which are wonderfully written, there are Princes and nobility, there is some romance and alot of tragedy.
I can see how much of an influence George RR Martin has on this author, especially with regards to killing off characters you would never think would die. I like this. Lots of surprises.
There were no editing issues that I noticed, the pace was staedy, the characters seemed real and the antagoinsts even had a bit (if not much) humanity.
I eagerly await the third book which seems to be due out this spring.
I am happy to report that this one doesn't leave the reader hanging so much at the end as did the first. (I was relieved that the next book was available LOL.)
I really like this author and am following her both on GR and Book Bub
Every character has fantastic growth, new ones are eager, and I even found myself feeling a little sorry for Teodora at some points. If you've read the first book, Rise of the Storm, you know how insane that idea is. Oh, and if you're wondering if our dear empress gets any worse? SHE TOTALLY DOES.
I always look forward to Ochs contributions to the Weekend Writing Warrior community (wewriwa.com). She's an amazing writer, and her love for the series is awesome. Her characters and interest in history make for a truly fantastic read, and I recommend this to all fantasy lovers. Especially if you like Game of Thrones. There are points that will touch your heart, make you gasp, hurt you, and make you want to stand up and cheer. Of course, this leaves with one more major question... What happens next?!
Valley of the Shadow by Christina Ochs is the second book in The Desolate Empire series. You can read my review of the first book, Rise of the Storm, here. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, this review will use intentionally vague language and focus more heavily on my reactions to the novel as opposed to its content.
Picking right up where Rise of the Storm left off, Valley of the Shadow begins by following the aftermath of a large battle. Throughout the novel, the characters on either side of the empire's opposing forces attempt to lobby for their side, as well as find a piece of happiness and respite from the misery of war.
Stylistically, Valley of the Shadow reads much like its predecessor - the chapters are short and the perspectives rotate, keeping the reader moving quickly, but smoothly, through the action. There is never a dull moment, and each chapter leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the next turn of events.
As for the characters, Ochs continues their development with steadiness and grace. More and more layers of their personalities are revealed as they are put through harrowing trials and given small victories. It's probably evident from my language, but several of the characters face traumatizing events. The overall mood of Valley of the Shadow is rather bleak, and things seem to go from bad to worse for characters on both sides of the war. However, through it all, Ochs offers enough moments of comedy (and a few key victories) to balance out the heartache. And, as I already alluded, the resulting character development from these tragedies is inspiring and satisfying.Read more ›
I kinda liken this series in the realm of a pg-13 Game of Thrones-type genre. But Ochs is certainly churning these books out faster than Uncle George!!! ;)
I eagerly await the 3rd installment.
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I noticed Och’s organization style in Rise of the Storm, and she continues this into this novel. I enjoy seeing what everyone is thinking when the chapter focuses on their POV, but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Whitney Olsen
Wow! Written out of a semi? Amazing. Great descriptive writing. Fast paced, engaging and, best of all, characters you care about. Even the villains have depth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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