Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This is one of the only books I have actually stayed up late reading. I am usually quite good about going to bed on time, but not with this book. I would say that this would automatically give it 5 stars, except for the fact that it clearly felt like a middle book.
Series: The Seven Realm, Book 2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 stars
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.
Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.
This is one of the only books I have actually stayed up late reading. I am usually quite good about going to bed on time, but not with this book. I would say that this would automatically give it 5 stars, except for the fact that it clearly felt like a middle book. Many new things happened, but it lacked a solid plot to hold it all together.
There was a certain point in this book that I just sat back and sighed with contentments. Oden’s Ford, which is the main setting throughout most of the book (after the initial journey to get there), is a three part school, teaching temple, military, and magic studies. It felt like a combination of my two favorite schools, complete with the people you would find there. Han Alister and Micah Bayar studying at Mystwerk House, the magic school, were like Harry and Malfoy at Hogwarts, fighting the same battles all over again. Bridge Street, a shopping street with many pubs, even reminded me of Hogsmeade Village, one of my favorite Harry Potter locations. And Raisa’s experience at Wein House, the military academy, resembled that of Alanna and Kell training to be knights at the school in Tortall in Tamora Pierce’s books.
This book is a wonderful continuation of the Seven Realms series, but I find it hard to review it on its own. This series is the type that could be one huge book (similar to the Ruby Red Trilogy) instead of many also very large books. Something I like about these books as a whole is the detailed map in the inside cover, which helps illustrate the journeys the characters frequently go on. Also I like how each chapter has both a number and a well-written title, which interests the reader without giving anything away. These are both things that books don’t always include, and I am always happy to discover.
I am currently reading the third book in the series, The Gray Wolf Throne, so a review will be soon to come. I also look forward to reading the fourth and final book, The Crimson Crown.