Publishing Date: September 2018
Publisher’s Description: In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds—crippling injuries, religious tyrants—and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit. No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and win freedom for her people.
Review: So what do you do with a review when you really want to like it for various reasons? Awesome cover art and a compelling story line were just a few of the things that kept me hungry, initially. So where did it all fall down? Read on mates!
IF everyone in your village is kind of split on whether or not you’re a palatine and YOU don’t even know, then everyone probably should give up the collective notion, at least for brevity’s sake. But there is one uber douche in the crowd that is huge and menacing and constantly calls Heloise “your eminence:“. So while I really wanted Heloise to be all that she can be, she fails miserably as a knight by whining in her own juices.
And that brings me to another consistent downer. The constant arguing and bickering between the townspeople. While this may seem to be integral to the story line, it really wasn’t needed. It detracted so much from the character development that at times it seemed regressive. Coupled with Heloise’ constantly reminiscing about a lost love that died in her arms, and you have a recipe for boring….er, soup. At times I was so bored, that as I neared the end of this excruciating read, I was dismayed that all that back story was a stall for another in the series.
There is nothing new under the sun and in this case the story line has been over done. Add in some magic armor and convenient deus ex situations and away we go.