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Visions of Fate (The Venatrix Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07V7GPLGV
- Publisher : FireWyrm Books (August 29, 2019)
- Publication date : August 29, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5299 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,179 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I could have finished it in one day but I feared my dreams being riddled with the Warpwitch and Evandrians. So, I stopped with 2 chapters left. There was a nice break in the tension.
This continues from where book 1 stopped. Except, they are not only looking for Nane's killer but also a Seer. The tale weaves in and out of many places with some serious twists.
Ayleth and Terryn are joined by Kephan. While the guys wonder if Ayleth is who she says she is, there are darker workings between the two of them.
While this one still had the one profanity that lurks in each of the books, another profanity is added. But only one and used only once.
There was a strongly hinted at a homosexual relationship between hunt brothers. It was briefly suggested a few times in the book. No other sexual relations were seen. However, this and the others are extremely gory and violent. Well, in my mind. This doesn't dissuade me from continuing the series though. Just putting it out there in case someone has objections, they know what to expect.
I'm most eager for book 3!
Leaving off from the last installment, there’s quite a few loose ends to tie up, and one of them involves a shade taken small girl, which according to the order, must be killed. There’s also the matter of their outpost master, who’s not exactly up front with the others. The world building has a lot going for it, expanding from Daughter of Shades. We get to see a bit more of how regular people live and different types of magic that work in the world. It also goes deeper in the ethical implications of certain aspects of the world’s culture, adding an extra sense of darkness and tragedy. Though I thought some parts of the world building were a bit muddled and I got lost in some sections, and thought it could have been made a bit clearer. The prose is for the most part easy to read and vivid. However, the story does start a bit slow, but picks up with a fast pace, taking place in a few days time, especially in the last few chapters as things ramp up. I also like how each installment has it’s own story as it builds on the overall plot.
Terryn gets a lot more development in this one, considering that the flashback in the prologue dives into his past, and we see a lot more of his point of view, and how he sees Ayleth. I also liked Ayleth in this one, as she’s starting to question her beliefs, and I love seeing her shade working together. I see that the two leads are still not too fond of each other, but respect each other to an extent. Not sure about the likely romance between them. The other characters have their roles to play and are fleshed out, and can’t wait to see more of them.
Looking forward to the next installment!
Again, as with my last review, I wish it was longer. Every time I swiped to the next page I felt sad that I was going through it so fast and tried to slow myself down. Preordered the next book the second I finished this one.
Again, the setting and atmosphere is a huge star in this series. I love the world Sylvia Mercedes has created here, reminiscent of Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion and Garth Nix's Abhorsen, a fantasy world with vivid homages to real medieval history. I remember wishing that Book 1 had been a little darker, nearer in tone to the prequel novella SONG OF SHADOWS, but it turns out the story was just getting started. This one features a juicy ethical dilemma - can Ayleth and Terryn challenge their indoctrination before they're obliged to commit a terrible crime? - and a hint of greater tests to come. I liked it even better than Book 1, and I'm already hungry to read more.
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The direction the author went with this sequel was not at all where I would've guessed she would go, but oh! It was so good!
I adore her world creation. I adore Ayleth and Terryn. I adore Laranta. Oh, I just love everything about this series! Both books are fast working their way into my top 10 of the year. There's something about Sylvia's writing that always puts me right in the characters shoes, as though I'm watching the action taking place. As though I'm taking part in the action. She has a beautiful way with words, I just want to read more and more!
Now the next impatient wait for book 3! Couldn't recommend enough.
After the first book I wanted to find out 'What happened next' which is a good sign. Having read all the books in this series now, I am looking for more. I will not spoil the story for you by telling you about it, it is better to read it yourself and form your own opinion. Enjoy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2020