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.
Admittedly, I wasn’t going to continue with this series after finishing Reign of Shadows, but when I saw Rise of Fire pop up on Edelweiss, curiosity won me over. The setting is different from other fantasy novels, and the previous book left off at such a weird place, that I figured I would give this book a try.
Very early on, I was already regretting my choice, because all of the things that bothered me so much about the first book were thriving in this book, too. So many situations made it difficult for me to suspend my disbelief enough to accept what I was reading. The angst and the connection between Luna and Fowler felt just as cringe-worthy and annoying as before. I came very close to DNFing this book. However…
Sophie Jordan has mastered the art of leaving her readers wanting to know more. You know how it is, where you’re like “just one more chapter”—but then it ends and you just need to know what’s going to happen next, so you allow yourself just one more chapter. And so on. This is what convinced me not to DNF. (Well, that and it’s a pretty short book, so I knew I could get through it pretty quickly.)
Overall, I got about as much satisfaction and frustration from this book as I expected. Some highlights:
- The plot was intriguing, but the ultimate conclusion left me a bit disappointed.
- Character development improved throughout the book and was pretty good.
- Some scenes had *so much* unrealized potential, which just left me annoyed.
- As before, I wanted to go deeper into so many aspects of the world and the characters, but no. Alas.
So, a solid three stars, because it was a quick and entertaining read, even if I didn’t get everything I wanted out of it.