Title: Rise of Fire
Author: Sophie Jordan
Sequel to: Reign of Shadows
Date Started: March 18
Date Finished: March 20
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
So after the way Reign of Shadows ended, I was really excited to read the sequel. I wanted to know what happened to Fowler and Luna because the last we left them things weren’t looking great. Fowler had sacrificed himself to the dwellers so that way Luna could escape and she went after him anyway even though he had just revealed that he was the son of the man who killed her parents and took the throne from her. She does in fact rescue him and they get out of the dweller’s lair, but there lies the problem. Fowler does not leave unscathed. Somehow he got dweller venom in his system and he’s going to die and there’s nothing Luna can do.
Until a hunting party from Lagonia happens across them and realizes who Fowler is. They offer to take them to Lagonia and heal Fowler if Luna admits that he is in fact the crown prince of Relhok. She does and this is where I start having problems with this book. On the way back to Lagonia they run into the crown prince Chasan, who immediately takes to Luna and uncovers to all that she is in fact a girl and not a boy like she pretends to be. Chasan’s father though is a complete trip. He had a thing for Luna’s mom and when Luna ‘cleans up’ he can see who she truly is. So this huge secret that Luna has been keeping is revealed in the court of her country’s sometimes ally sometimes enemy. Which instantly ends up with her betrothed to Chasan, and apparently Fowler was also betrothed since birth to Chasan’s sister.
Um…why? This duology was good without the added ‘drama’ of a love square. Definitely not needed. Also not needed, another power hungry king. You already had Cullan over in Relhok you din’t need another one in the neighboring country. And that ending? Are you serious? World building was such an intricate part of these two books, but to have the finale rushed like that, not to mention I don’t think it was all that thought out, and I was leaving wanting. There was enough probably in this book to make it a true trilogy. Or at least to add another fifty or so pages, not to end it so abruptly.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I’m being generous considering this book was a bit let down. I still liked Fowler and Luna’s relationship and scarily enough I even liked Luna and Chasan’s relationship too. I just didn’t think the love square was necessary and another villain added to the mix was just overdoing it for such a short book. Not to mention the ending felt rushed in more than one way.
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