- File Size: 5078 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545335435
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075ZSXFD9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Langer is back with the second book of her Relics of Ar'Zac fantasy series, and she does not disappoint.
The story picks up well from the end of the first one (something I really like) and we're thrust into a world of prophecy and personal struggle, danger and self-doubt. I really liked the complexity between characters, Langer knows how to string a multi-faceted dynamic together, and to make the reader turn the page to discover what happens next.
The world-building is very strong, I particularly enjoyed the new lands Rachael and her allies journeyed to. There's a great deal of detail without being too heavy. The pacing is excellent with each scene having its part to play in the whole.
Some beautifully hidden breadcrumbs too for the last book in the series. I'm such a fan of clever foreshadowing!
Thank you to the author for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I was in a rather unique position reading Wardens of Archos as I had already read it in one of its earlier stages a few months ago. The best thing about it, is being able to recognize the improvements from then to now, showing not only the hard work that Sarina has put into this, but the skill of her eye in edits!
The book picks up right after the sequel as Rachael has to carry the new burden of being regent of Rifarne. She bears more than just a royal responsibility, though, but shoulders the weight of sorrow from her most recent struggle to free the Sparrows from the corruption of the last monarch.
What Langer does best here, in a strong sequel to her first book, is worldbuilding. Her descriptions are effortless and engrossing. The world of Rachael comes vividly to life through her prose. The forms of magic, the different terrains, it's all so well done!
Similarly, the plot rarely lags, so gripping and page-turning. Rachael faces a number of threats, each worse than the one that came before. Surrounded by old allies and new, she endeavours to right the wrongs of the past and avoid the destruction of the future.
If you love high fantasy, you won't want to miss out on this exciting, layered narrative
Wardens of Archos was everything I waited for!
After the prophecy of the seer queen is fulfilled, Rachael must bury her dead friends, as well as her orphan past, to become the queen Rifarne needs. But with assassins around every corner, and Cale keeping his distance, Rachael struggles in her new role as queen. She does not know who is a foe and who may be trusted.
When Rachael’s increasing visions lead her to believe a relic of importance is hidden in a temple far away from the shores of Rifarne, and at the news of the Evil One's release after Aeron's death, a mist woman who betrayed and attempted to kill Rachael, she embarks on a journey with her closest allies, as well as new friends. But the shadows from her visions are never far behind, and with them, they bring the truth that Rachael’s prophecy may not be as fulfilled as originally thought. Old foes appear, and new ones are created.
One of my favorite parts of Wardens is the wider world we experience during Rachael’s journey. New lands where magic is woven into daily life and influences everything from armor, to the very earth. It is extravagant and exotic, and I loved Langer’s writing about these new lands.
The riff between Cale and Rachael begins to mend in a natural, unforced way. They share the same grief, they trust in each other, they fight side by side, but the unspoken feelings between them have the reader rooting for more.
The relationship between Rachael and Kiana, Rachael’s personal guard, teacher, and friend, are strengthened so naturally through their simple interactions. The authenticity of their friendship makes the ending of this book that much more powerful.
Truths are revealed through every twist of this book, some I foresaw, some were thrown in my face. I loved them all!
As much as I enjoyed Rise of the Sparrows, Langer’s writing, and story are strengthened in Wardens of Archos. One can logically assume the next volume will surpass both of the previous two. I cannot wait to know what happens after that ending. Talk about a cliffhanger!
Sarina, thanks for allowing me to read your beautifully written book baby.
Wardens of Archos releases October 16th of this year.