Saturday, February 4, 2017

ARC Review: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

Rise of Fire
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows (Book 2)
Publication: HarperTeen (February 7, 2017)

Description: New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s romantic, sweeping fantasy Reign of Shadows continues in this suspenseful sequel, Rise of Fire.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the King discovers both Fowler and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler but the power she was destined to inherit.

My Thoughts: This is the second, and apparently, the final book in the story that began with Reign of Shadows. It begins just after the last book ends. Fowler has been captured and dragged underground by the Dwellers and blind Luna has followed, determined to rescue him. She manages that but not before Fowler has been infected with the Dweller's toxin which is almost always fatal.

A group of soldiers from the nearby country of Lagonia finds them as Luna is trying to keep him comfortable. One of the soldiers recognizes Fowler as the son of the King of Relhok and knows that the King of Lagonia wants him. Luna, still disguised as a boy, agrees to go with them since they promise to get Fowler to a healer who can save his life.

They meet another hunting party on the way to the king's city. This one is led by Prince Chasan who immediately recognizes that Luna is a girl. It is his father King Tebald who recognizes her as the rightful Queen of Relhok because of her resemblance to her mother. He develops immediate plans to use both Luna and Fowler to further his goals. Neither Luna nor Fowler are in favor of these plans which involve them marrying the king's son and daughter but Tebald has all the power is is quite ruthless.Their only hope is to escape and continue on to a possible refuge. Their first attempt fails but Tebald's next move gains them an ally in the castle.

This was an entertaining fantasy story. It was both exciting and romantic. I liked Luna as a heroine who was smart, brave, and determined and who managed to triumph over a major handicap. Fantasy lovers will enjoy this series.

Favorite Quote:
She was special. An anomaly.She shouldn't even be alive, but she was. She lived, and I wanted to pull her inside me, absorb her and keep her until I knew her as well as the shape and protrusion of my own bones. Until the taste of her was a s clear to me as my own.
I received this one for review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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