When this book came up for review, I quickly noticed that it was part of a series and with a fantasy novel, it’s so hard to skip around in the series, so I decided to read the first book before I picked this one up for review.
I am glad I noticed that this was part of a series because I would have been so lost without that first book so if you haven’t read the first book, stop and read it before moving on to this one!
When I read the first book there were a couple of small concerns I had going into this one, but not enough concerns about the story to not want to read this one, in fact I was hoping this one would be better than the first book.
The battle for sovereignty among the seven lands of Alba has ended. The prophecy of Peace appears to have come true. But appearances can be deceptive. A new battle is brewing. Its outcome is dependent on the retrieval of a sacred triad of artifacts . . .
The hunt for the three precious moonstones begins. For Allegria, Fireborn lightweaver, and her Starborn lover, Hallow, it means saving more than worlds. It means rescuing their friend Deo, prisoner in the shadowlands of Eris, where the secrets of the moonstones are buried. Steering Allegria and Hallow in their ocean quest is a mysterious lifebound captain. And he’s setting sail with a warning: No mere mortal has ever survived the journey to Eris, let alone come back alive . . .
As the bonds of friendship are threatened and the courage of three heroes challenged, the fate of two kingdoms will be at risk as bestselling author Katie MacAlister’s breathtaking Born Prophesy saga continues. (summary from Goodreads)
In this series, Allegria is supposed to be the main protagonist but in the first book I was way more interested in Deo’s character which was one of the reasons I was looking forward to this book. In this book the characters have to rescue Deo so Deo’s plot kind of took a back seat to some of the other things going on in the novel which was a little frustrating since I liked him the best, but the overall story wasn’t bad by any means. In fact, I actually thought the pace and structure of this book was better than the first one. I mean there are still a number of POVs that shift and change throughout the narrative which can be disorientating and jarring, but frankly I was used to it thanks to the first book being much the same.
This book is marketed as fantasy—-which it is—but I would say it’s more in the vein of adventure and definitely more fantasy light. Die hard fans of fantasy who want massive world building would be disappointed as this book is more about the characters and their quest and less about the world around them etc.
At just over 230 pages, this was a quick read for me which was nice and refreshing, not to mention the dialogue had a lot of banter and humor which made it feel more fun than a hefty fantasy novel full or world building. The romance added a nice little overture to the story and in the end I thought it was an enjoyable read. I liked it much better than the first one in the series.