Queen of Rebels – Tales of Gorania, Book 2
Themes & Genres: Dark Fantasy, war
One girl loses her family. An entire kingdom is going to pay.
While Masolon seeks a new start in his peaceful exile, he finds himself trapped in a horrendous civil war devastating the Bermanian realm. A murdered girl from his village awakens his dormant demon, provoking him to defy the rebels and their bloodthirsty queen who will do whatever it takes to claim the Bermanian throne. Whatever it takes; like for instance, erasing a whole village from existence.
Against a titanic army of seasoned soldiers, Masolon has to defend his village with a bunch of gullible peasants. In a battle he can never win, his death could be the only way to spare the lives of hundreds. But it might unleash what the ancient Tales of Gorania have been warning about since the beginning of time.
What I think of the book:
We started Book 1 in the desert, and we open Book 2 in probably the coldest place in the whole of Karim’s world. This might be a weird way to start my review, but I couldn’t help comparing the two prologues, as the second reminded me of the first one, even in this different setting.
Those aren’t the only similarities.
The writing style I enjoyed so much in The Warrior’s Path is replicated in its sequel. There’s just something very engaging in the way this author writes, making me pause to daydream.
I was looking forward to the first chapter centered around Masolon (which was Chapter 4 in the book), but I was not bored before that time came. However… There are certain things that Masolon does in this book, at the very beginning, that rubbed me the wrong way. He’s usually careful – years of experience fighting have thought him to be so – but he did something that put a lot of people at risk. For me, this didn’t go well with his character and seemed as if it was put there simply to set the story in motion.
Another complaint I have is that in a few scenes involving fighting, I got kind of lost. Or more like I lost track of the characters. For example, it seemed that they were away from each other and in the next paragraph they were face to face and I somehow missed how they got that way. I did get an ARC of this book, so maybe these scenes were fixed in the final edit.
But apart from a few scenes, the book was really good, and I’m glad I got to see what happened after the first one. The world is still an interesting place, and we have a new character – the Queen of rebels, who I found very interesting indeed, especially when you consider how much she’s taken on at such a young age.
Before I end my review, I’d like to mention that this book has something which I consider essential for Fantasy novels: a map. Several, in fact. Not only do we get to see the whole of Gorania before the Prologue, but we are also treated to maps and a little bit of information on the different kingdoms – along with a list of characters from each kingdom – at the end of the novel.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Queen of Rebels to lovers of adventure and war, and especially to readers who’ve enjoyed the first book.
My rating: (4.5/5 crowns)
Would I re-read this book? Probably.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
- Amazon US (link takes you straight to the book)
Add Queen of Rebels to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- The Warrior’s Path – Tales of Gorania, Book 1 (Dark Fantasy, war)
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