It was a nice continuation to the series. Some parts were weird and I could not really understand what the author was trying to do... but the story is not over, so I guess I will have some answers in the next books.
I love seeing new characters, and I love the fact that I could identify them. I'm not done with the original Oz books yet, I still have a bunch to read. But it was nice to meet the daughter of the Rainbow and Button Bright. I really, really love this retelling (almost as much as I love the original story... almost)!
This second book was not as great as the first one though (and was also way shorter), but it was still really pleasant. I'm excited about the rest of the series!
Rise of the Branded
(Scar of the Downers, #2)
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.
Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.
To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.
Just like the first book I really loved the friendship between Crik and Jak, even though there more like brothers. This one had a lot of even more things happening, then the first book.
One character that is really interesting me in this book is a guy by the name of Durgan. In the first book something happened and him and his wife became a Downer, if you read the book or the description above you'll know what he did. I am really interested in what is going to happen to him and his wife.
There are so many other interesting individuals in this series. I feel really bad about things that happened to Crik in this book. I really hope things work out for both Crik and Jak in the end.
I have to say I think after this book, the next book is probably going to be pretty explosive, and very action pack. So I can't wait to find out when the next book will be available, because I will definitely be wanting to read it as soon as it's available. I really want that book in my greedy little hands right now. But I will try and be a good girl and wait, but it will definitely be hard.
I am so glad I voluntarily requested to take part in this awesome book blog tour, it was a lot of fun.
Scott grew up in Black River, NY, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn’t want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing – he became a writer. Now, many years later with an MFA in script and screenwriting, he is married with four daughters, two of whom he home schools.
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Although I do not hold to the preterist view of Revelation that the author does, this book was very compelling and quickly drew me in. My only critique is that is was too short, (it ends at 50% and the rest is an appendix), but the appendix did hold a wealth of information that was just as fascinating!
A great start to a new trilogy which follows after the Chronicles of the Nephilim series.
Favorite book(s) of the month: Entsetzen, The Best we Could Do
Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Tote Augen
7 books, man. What is happening at the moment? I can't believe I'm getting through so many books. I also haven't read any book this month that I didn't enjoy, so I'm pretty happy with my reading choices in march.