E-ARC, 528 Pages
Adult/ Dark Fantasy
By: Rob J. Hayes
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Age is odd like that. The more years you have, the less you have left.”
To be honest, I was nervous while going into this one because I usually am when I read second books in trilogies due to the notorious Middle Book Syndrome. Contrary to the book title, Hayes does learn the lessons and keep improving his writing! I actually enjoyed book 1 a very very tiny bit more but that does not mean this one was any less excellent.
The story takes place after the end of book 1 and I think that was expected. Although book 1 does not end with a major cliffhanger, it can work as a standalone with an open ending and many questions left unanswered. This book helps expanding what we already know and helps tying some of the loose ends from book 1. Book 1 had a great impact on me that I didn’t hesitate to start this one immediately when I received it and I actually remembered many of the characters and events from book 1 when I did. These are all great things given that I have a golden fish memory regarding this kind id stuff.
The writing is as good as always and maybe even better! Hayes addition of the second POV came as a very good kind of surprise! The characters were as realistic as book 1 and we got introduced to new awesome ones, I really believe Hayes excels at writig characters.
The world-building in book 1 was also mind-blowing and I felt I was living in the pit while reading the book. This book expands the world building and we have a flying city but for some reason I felt more excited reading the first one. The magic is even more cool than book 1, and the awesome cover is not a catfish, we really get to see light swords and thunderous powers and cool magic!!!
Plot-wise the book has many twists and plots and I just was curious to see where things will be going. This book has a prophecy trope and that is one of my favorite things ever! The book ended with a cliffhanger and I immediately wanted to start book 3, the good news is that I got an ARC after that and read it and loved it even more than this one.
“The world is founded on lie, upon lie, upon lie. But the truth is always there, just waiting for an opportunity to tear down everything we have built.”
Summary: This is a continuation of book 1 with all the great things in book 1 being expanded upon. I was afraid of Middle Book Syndrome but Hayes proved himself to be a great writer once again. I am not giving it a full 5 stars because I thought something was missing and I was torn between 4 and 5 stars so I went for something in between which I think is fair! If you are a fan of Epic/ Dark fantasy, do yourself a favor and read this one!