Wednesday, 23 September 2015

FANTASY REVIEW: Shattered Kingdoms 2: Fortune's Blight - Evie Manieri

Release Date: 03/09/15
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books


Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price. Hardship, superstition and a murderous cabal poison King Daryan's young regime, but help is nowhere to be found: the mercenary who led their rebellion has vanished, their Nomas allies have troubles of their own, and the Norlanders who returned home to plead - or fight - for the Shadari's independence have found themselves embroiled in the court politics of an empire about to implode.

As the foundations of the two far-flung countries begin to crack, an enigmatic figure watches from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded...


Having loved Evie’s debut, Blood’s Pride I couldn’t wait to get back to her world to see how the story would continue and whether it would build upon the already complex storyline alongside allowing good character development without losing anything that had carefully been established in the original.

I needn’t have worried. What occurs within is more of the same but without a lot of the background that was required in the original to flavour the world. As expected it’s just as complex, the characters work wonderfully well and when you get to the meat of the story, the reader is in for one hell of a ride as a number of threads are tidied to create a stronger central plotline that not only moves but does so with aplomb. All round a cracking book and a title that keeps its strengths building up for a cracking third book.

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