When we last left off our heroes we perhaps had some peace and quiet with hints of perhaps trouble on the horizon. When we enter here it appears that it's more: war is on the horizon. Here in this middle entry we see a young woman being used as a figurehead for nobles in power, another falling from royalty (relatively in a willing manner) to grow as a character plus find out a bit more about our protagonists Royce and Hadrian, who I thought seemed curiously "blank" as not very fleshed out in the first omnibus.
There is reason for that and I continued to enjoy the adventures of the Riyria. We've got palace intrigue, swashbuckling (seriously) plus old friends and fiends making appearances and the inevitable death and murder and war.
As you can see, I still liked it a lot. I think the book still suffers a bit regarding the middle book syndrome and sometimes it felt like filler. Not a big fan of battles and fights and I thought there was a bit more of that here. Some of it is necessary for the story but it's not something I care for. There are some descriptions of death and violence and discussions of rape so while this isn't super bloody or gore or detailed it's definitely here. There is a character who is suicidal (it seems) or at least seems to fantasize quite a bit about it. Just as a heads up.
Overall, though, I'd still recommend it and am glad I can actually agree with the average Goodreads and Amazon ratings. I'm off to finish the final entry to see how it all ties together.
Now I Rise is set in the mid-1400s which puts it solidly before the age of electricity.
Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a book set on a vineyard, or in a rural setting, –OR– a story where the MC searches for/gets a new job. –OR– A book with a lantern on the cover, or books set before the age of electricity. –OR– A story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar).