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"The Legends of Regia" series book 2
on 12 March 2014
I raved about book 1 in this series "Forbidden Forest" and gave it 5 stars. I thought leading lady elf/shapeshifter Forest was a great character and her blossoming romance with vampire Syrus a touching love story amid the dangers they faced. Book 2 still has some hints of this, but the change in Forest's character is astounding and annoying. She flees from her responsibilities, wavers in her choices and spends an awful amount of time crying, whining or behaving irrationally around Syrus. She is a far cry from the leading lady I found so enjoyable in book 1. Forest is like a bouncing ball; strong willed and resilient before crumbling into a blubbering mess in constant cycles throughout the plot.
The story line is an immediate continuation from book 1; but Forest's banishment to earth is glossed over quickly before she is returned to Regia to find it facing a major upheaval that she could play an important part in. Her relationship with Syrus heats up, but they are back and forth between passionate bedroom moments and icy detachment when feelings are hurt.
I didn't like the way Forest handled certain situations and certainly couldn't understand her attitude towards her nemesis Leith or her newly discovered father. There is a fair amount of action, plenty of magic and some red hot action between Forest and Syrus; perhaps if book 1 hadn't been so good, I would have awarded FF 4 stars, but its predecessor is so much better.