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review 2018-05-04 15:59
Review: Witch’s Cauldron (Legion Of Angels #2) by Ella Summers
Witch's Cauldron - Ella Summers
Witch's Cauldron

Legion Of Angels #2
Ella Summers
Urban Fantasy
Night Spark Media
November 4, 2016
eBook
248

 

Something wicked is brewing in New York.

 

“A month ago, I watched in horror as six of my fellow initiates died after sipping the Nectar of the gods, a heavenly drink that either grants you magical powers or kills you. I can’t believe I’m coming back for seconds.”

 

Leda Pierce has survived the gods’ first test and gained entry into the Legion of Angels, but the fight is far from over. Someone is poisoning the supernaturals of New York. Suspecting witches, the Legion sends in Leda to investigate. To save the city, she will need magic she doesn’t have—and gaining that magic might just kill her. Now her survival depends on accepting help from the darkly seductive angel Nero, but that help comes with a price she cannot afford to pay.

 

Witch’s Cauldron is the second book in the Legion of Angels series.

 

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I’m really enjoying the Legion of Angels series. It’s been a while since I’ve found a series where I’ve wanted to read one book after another.

 

Witch’s Cauldron takes us back into the Legion world and continues on from Vampire’s Kiss. Here the Legion is investigating demons and the witches. Their seams to be attacks happening all over agenst the supernaturals.

 

Leda has grown stronger and is an asset to the Legion. Nix, the First Angel sees this and orders Nero to move Leda up to the second level and she wants her in on the investigation. She use to be a bounty hunter, so she has experience in investigating. She can work well in many different tasks and still find time for training.

 

I really like Leda. She’s strong-willed, stubborn, and determined to make it to the level that will give her the power to find her missing brother. She tries hard to be the best Legion officer, but she has a hard time controlling her mouth. She’s also got some strong feelings for Nero that keep getting in the way.

 

I find the different levels or steps that the Legion members have to go through to gain the next gift from the gods, interesting. This puts a unique spin on the world. Their is no guarantee that everyone will survive and it feels like you loose a little of your humanity the farther up you get. Leda is showing everyone that you don’t have to lose yourself when you gain powers. She’s sorta changing the status quo in little ways.

 

We no longer have a triangle romance. Leda’s attraction is now focused on one man, Nero the Leader of the New Your office of the Legion and also her personal trainer or should I say slave driver. The attraction is intense and Leda does a good job trying to separate the attraction from her work and training. I’m not sure if they will come together. Nero is intense, closed off, and disengaged from humanity. I’m hoping she can show him that there is more. I enjoy their sparing (bickering) matches.

 

Their’s more world building and lots of action. It’s all exciting and exhilarating. I couldn’t stop reading. The relationship parts where stressful; because these two just can’t seam to find the right fight. Maybe down the road. I was happy to see that Leda got to see her sister, Bella, while working the investigating. As for the investigation, well the villains where a surprise and what happens along the way, had me holding my breath and hoping they would all survive.

 

Witch’s Cauldron is a lot of fun, exciting, and entertaining. I devoured the book and had to start book #3, Siren’s Song, right away. Urban Fantasy fans will enjoy this series. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/05/review-witchs-cauldron-legion-of-angels-2-by-ella-summers
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review 2017-07-09 00:00
The Black Cauldron: The Chronicles of Prydain Book Two
The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander

This second volume of The Chronicles of Prydain starts with Taran, Assistant Pig-keeper and Hero, harshly dealt with by a visiting prince with a big ego and no sense. A surprise visit by Taran's noble friend, Gwydion, on the other hand, thrills the young man. So does the reason for the man's visit: a secret council to decide how to defeat the evil Arawn, who rises in might once more. Many others come to Taran's homestead, whether knowingly for the council or ignorant of the true reason they are present. Old friends like the king-bard Fflewddur and the dwarf Doli join new acquaintances such as Adaon, son of the Chief Bard, Taliesin.Two kings from neighboring realms also come.

 

At the council, Gwydion brings the dread news of how Arawan has increased the size of his deathless armies. Not only has he stolen corpses and returned them to life to serve him, but he has kidnapped the living as well. Gwydion proposes the audacious plan to enter the enemy's land and destroy the magic cauldron where Arawn breeds his warriors.

 

The next morning, Gwydion heads away with hand-picked companions, after he  secures their free-will assent to accompany him to Arawn's Dark Gate. Unfortunately, or fortunately, this includes the jerk of a prince Taran ran afoul of the beginning of the book. Ellidyr excels at getting on Taran's last nerve, but he also saves the young man's life on more than one occasion.

 

Gwydion's plan to steal the black cauldron goes off without a hitch until they arrive where the cauldron was supposed to be and discovers someone else already stole it. More bad news follows. Besides the revived corpses who cannot be killed, Arawn's forces include the living, who can be slain, but each death strengthens those who survive.

 

Taran comes up with Plan B, which not everyone agrees is the best choice. But his companions who were with him on the adventure in the first book follow him into this new peril. The hostile Ellidyr comes along as well but later separates from the group.

 

Taran begins to second guess himself almost straightaway, but Adaon addresses the young man's concerns. "There is a destiny laid on us to do what we must do, though it is not always given to us to see it." Adaon foresees Taran will come to know grief on his journey, but he also gains wisdom and the courage to make the sacrifices he must to help ensure the success of his quest.

 

This is a wonderful book about a young boy's path to become a man and a hero. As he grows in moral strength, pity and compassion, he finds the path to adulthood fraught with perils and grief. Yet wise Gwydion tells them there is just as much love and joy as there is pain. I love to be back with the king-bard, Gwydion and Gurgi, not to mention Taran. Great to find another kindred spirit. Now onto the next book!

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review 2017-03-28 02:52
The Saga Continues
The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain, Book 2) - Lloyd Alexander,James Langton

Of the five books in the Chronicles, this is probably my least favorite installment, still I enjoyed reliving it with this audio. Why Disney chose this one to make a movie out of, I'll never know (and have never seen).

 

Prince Gwydion has called a council at Cair Dalben -- bringing warriors, royalty and others from across the land to discuss something of urgency. Taran is included as well, thanks to the Prince's experience in the previous book. One of the attendees, Prince Ellidyr, is a young, proud twit who might as well have been named William Zabka -- if he doesn't remind you of the quintessential 80's movie antagonist, you're not reading him right. He and Taran clash immediately, and are predictably assigned to work together.

 

We also meet the son of Taliesin, the chief bard, Adaon. Adaon is one of those characters that comes out of nowhere, every character loves and so do the readers. He's wise, kind, and probably a decent fighter. Taran is possibly more taken with him as friend and role model than he was with Gwydion -- partially because he's not a prince, and so is more approachable; but also is just that kind of guy. Thankfully, Taran and he are also assigned to work together so it's not all about the jousting with Ellidyr.

There were other characters introduced -- several actually, but those two are the ones to focus on now. I'm not going to tell you anything about Gwystyl and Kaw, because I'll not do them justice. But you'll enjoy both. Gurgi was Gurgi, and Eilonwy was perfect -- seriously just perfect. I always liked the character, but maybe never as much as I am this time through the series.

 

I got distracted by talking about the characters, the purpose of the council is to go hunting for the Black Cauldron, the source of the Cauldron Born warriors of Arawn. These are basically zombies with swords, doing anything their master calls for -- and were the source of a good deal of apprehension when I was a kid, and now just seem like a great foe. Their numbers are swelling, making Dalben and Gwydion certain that something bad is on the horizon -- now seems like a good time to raid the Dark Lord's domain and destroy the Cauldon. Which may not derail the plans in motion, but will at least make them easier for the good guys to survive.

 

So after the Council, the heroes head out. As soon as they launch their strike, they discover that someone has beaten them to it -- the Cauldron is gone and they've got to regroup before hunting it down. Things go bad there, the companions are separated from each other and on the run from those the Cauldron has already produced.

 

Taran, Ellidyr, Adaon, Gurgi and Fflewddurr get a lead on the Cauldron and decide to follow it up immediately rather than let their foes get it while they're off looking for Gwydion. This takes them to the swamps of Morva -- one of my favorite places in the series -- and to the hut of Orddu, Orwen, & Orgoch. They will chill younger readers and entertain readers of all ages. From there peril, betrayal, redemption, grief and more ensue as the companions try to destroy the titular MacGuffin.

 

The Lloyd Alexander introduction to this one was better than the previous -- I'm such a geek that listening to little bits of Alexander was one of the highlights of my day. I don't think I have anything to say about Langton's performance here that I didn't say last time. It was good, nothing spectacular, though. He kept me engaged, even if he paced it slower than I'd like. Whoever transferred this from audiotape to digital format had an odd approach to dead space between tapes/tape sides -- there are times that I feared the file had stopped unexpectedly, either from a corruption in the file or a glitch in the app, and just as I'd grab my phone to check the Langton's voice would start again.

 

A needed part of the story, if only for Taran's growth, and for what it sets up in books to come. It was never my favorite growing up, still isn't now, but it was still an entertaining few hours.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/03/27/the-black-cauldron-audiobook-by-lloyd-alexander-james-langton
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review 2017-03-06 07:12
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Witch's Cauldron by Roswitha Hedrun
The Witch's Cauldron - Roswitha Hedrun,Charlotte C. Milstein
First of all, don't be taken in by the cover of this book - it's not like that at all! This is a story translated from the German original and also based in Germany. The story is rich in detail and depth and will draw you in. The descriptions of Tora as she copes with the tragedy that befall her are simply wonderful and give you a real idea of what she is dealing with.

The story will carry you along with Tora as she meets and befriends different people and as she has to deal with others who are not so nice. There is mention of witchcraft in the book but it is mainly what is 'classed' as witchcraft in the Middle Ages (such as having red hair!) as she trains to be a medicinal/cloister cook. Tora does use her inner senses and can sometimes see auras throughout the book but once again, this is just part of who she is rather than anything 'special'.

I didn't know what to expect from this book and very nearly didn't read it but I'm so glad I gave it a shot! Absolutely brilliant piece of historical fiction to be kept and re-read. It is a long book so it is definitely something to get your teeth into.

Recommended for all Historical Fiction fans. 
 
* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#Historical, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thewitchscauldronbyroswithahedrun
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review 2017-03-02 19:56
Cauldron Bubble (Toil & Trouble Book 1) ... Cauldron Bubble (Toil & Trouble Book 1) - Wendy Knight

For a star rating and full review please visit InD'tale magazine online, March 2017 issue. http://www.indtale.com/reviews/paranormal-urban-fantasy/cauldron-bubble

Source: www.indtale.com
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