Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reviewing The Chronicles of Arden #2

Nightfall (The Chronicles of Arden #2) by Shiriluna Nott, SaJa H 4*

BLURB: Gibben Nemesio thought his life was over the day he received a conscription notice demanding he train to be a soldier. When he left his home for Silver City, he never expected he'd thwart a terrible plot to murder the King and become an overnight hero—and he definitely hadn't expected to find love in the form of a handsome mage trainee named Joel.
Three years later, Gib has fought his way from lowborn farmer to hold the coveted position as understudy to the seneschal. Despite heightening tensions between the King and High Council and the rumors of impending war still terrorizing the people of Arden, Gib finds solace in the company of his wise mentor, loyal friends, and beloved companion.
But with the arrival of an ominous message from a powerful enemy in the north, Gib quickly realizes peace is fleeting in a world where chaos lurks in every shadow, and treacherous forces—from both outside the country and within—threaten to destroy everything he holds dear.

My Review: Complimentary review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. You know that old Murphy's Law adage? The one that says "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong", well this book takes it to the max, making for a darker read than the first book. There was also plenty of political intrigue, magic, mystery and romance just as there had been in the first book. I hate comparing two books but when the second one is a follow up to a good story it just begs to be compared and in this comparison it falls a little bit short for me. I would still recommend reading it if you enjoyed the first one as it is still a good fantasy novel but it was just a little to dark and dismal for my taste. Also, even though this one was a little bit to tough for me to enjoy as much, I will still be looking forward to the next Arden adventure.

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