Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Thoughts: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

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Rise of Fire
(Reign of Shadows #2)
by Sophie Jordan
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Publication Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062377678
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss

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The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.

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's 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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Rise of Fire is the second book in the Reign of Shadows duology by the awesome Sophie Jordan. I read Reign of Shadows last year, and I've been really curious to see what's going to happen next. I love Sophie's books, so I was really looking forward to starting this one.

I was super excited to get back into this story to see what was going to happen next for Luna and Fowler, especially after that cliffhanger ending in Reign of Shadows. I really love these two characters. Luna proves over and over again throughout this series that she can take care of herself, and I love that about her, as well her caring heart. I also love Fowler's fierce need to protect Luna, even when she doesn't seem to need it. They are really a great pair. We don't see many of the secondary characters from the first book in this sequel, but we are introduced to quite a few new ones as the story goes along; a few that you will love, and more than a few that you will come to hate.

The storyline for the book follows the same arc as the first book, but the setting very different. In the first book, Luna and Fowler where in The Outside most of the time, and this time, they were in a castle for most of the book. To be completely honest, I really missed the outside world, though the dwellers, not so much. I didn't know when I started this second book that the series was a duology, so I was quite surprised when things started wrapping up at the end, which was nicely done.

Overall; Rise of Fire was an nice sequel and conclusion for the Reign of Shadows duology! As I mentioned above, I wasn't aware that this series was a duology, so I'm a little bummed that there won't be a third book. I've really enjoyed reading these books, and I hate to see them end!


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