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I found it even better than the first in the series, with its exquisite attention to detail in the magical and unique world Martyn has created. It moves on from the rather sad ending to continue the quest for his little band of very diverse ‘warriors’ I really like the theme of the group overcoming tragedy to continue on their dangerous journey. Each of them is tested and changes in the way they think and feel as they struggle with the way forward. They work out as a group with much discussion and differences of opinion, the directions they must follow. They individually have to find the mutual strength to overcome the horrors they encounter on the way. The Verkreath are a vicious band of huge rats that are frankly terrifying... but the individual strength of the group comes from their unity as they attempt to share not only their unique gifts but also their weaknesses.
Martyn has created such a fresh and beautifully world which is beautifully written. His group of characters are a fascinating mix of differences, both in breed and personalities. This gives him the opportunity to explore in each of his characters the strengths and frailties manifest in all life, humans or otherwise which began in the first book. It is clear the author is writing about so much more than just an adventure story in the fantasy genre.
There are moments of humour to lift and lighten some of the terrifying experiences the little band face as they continue on their journey but overall they face some truly horrifying experiences with breathtaking battle scenes for example.
The detailed and descriptive writing is of an extremely high quality and the book captured my interest and emotions immediately, helped by already having read the first book in the series.
Fresh, original, terrifying, enlightening and intriguing... I was drawn and gripped into a compulsive and wonderful world of differences. This book for me has been a privilege to read. I began with reading on my Kindle but since have purchased the paperbacks as I was so keen to have them on my bookshelves. Thank you Martyn for a most special experience and so looking forward to the third book in your trilogy. Go read it all you fantasy followers.
The relationship between Vashni and Korhan was handled well in this book and I enjoyed their more subtle budding friendship greatly. We do hear much more from the other characters and it felt much more balanced as a result. Brael still leaves me intrigued and desperate for more, Vortrex really comes into his own while fighting the Verkreath and Saul did a lot to help the group during the journey (though I felt he was unfairly sidelined, he was actually critical to their success).
All in all, a very good read. I'm very much enjoying seeing both the developing complexities of the characters, as well as seeing the evolution of an author. I look forward to the next instalment.
Fantasy is not usually my “thing” but having enjoyed the first book I was honoured to be asked to review the second. This book will stand alone but better enjoyed having read the first to understand the characters, their relationship to each other and their skills (or lack of!). A light hearted fantasy tale to make you smile along the way intermingled with the realms of fantastical creatures and lands. A book that could be enjoyed by both children and adults.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review
Just when they think their quest is at an end the group find themselves being hunted down by Thrax's followers. Trying to escape them they come across new creatures who are perhaps worst than what they are fleeing.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and looked forward to reading this one. Out of the two at the moment, this one is my favourite. It was well written and held my interest all the way through.
Even though, Korhan and Vashni seemed to be more in the background, I still thought they were good.
It seemed as though the group couldn't get by without Brael and Vortex in this book. Some of my questions about Brael and 'the truth' were answered in this story but not all of them. Saul, was alright and you seen him using his powers more.
By the end of this book there is so much that still has me curious and keen to read on. The only part I didn't like was the Verkreath creatures because from the way that they are described they sound horrible.
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy, but suggest reading the first book before this.
Thank you to the author for a ebook copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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