Towns are being targeted by supernatural powers so all-encompassing that almost nothing can prevent their utter destruction. One after another, in a random pattern of devastation, horror, and complete madness, the world may, indeed, come to a terrifying end at the hands of Night. Perpetuating the onset of natural disasters meant to wipe out all civilization, the Severaine has been freed to begin the process. With the rise of the Severaine comes the determination of a group who has suffered tremendous losses of their own. Will this be their moment? Can they right the wrongs for which they, too, are responsible?
The Severaine: A Fantasy Adventure (Forgotten Legacies Book 2), by K.J. Simmill, is an epic novel of fantasy woven tightly with mythology. Throughout its beautifully written narrative, readers are presented with tiny glimpses into the stories of classic characters. Magic, intrigue, drama, and high adventure permeate the pages of Simmill’s work.
As with any text centered around classic figures of fantasy, there exist strong elements of good vs. evil, triumph over adversity, and tragic relationships as well as devastating events. Magic is an important underlying theme throughout Simmill’s work. From the very beginning, the notion of the city of Collateral as a refuge intrigued me. I found myself instantly caught up in the descriptions of illusive portals into and out of the city. Simmill takes readers on quite the adventure through the eyes of her characters as they search for the portal that will lead them to their ultimate destination.
There is a tone to Simmill’s writing that breathes new life into a genre that can be laden with sadness and tragedy. While addressing immense loss in the lives of her characters, Simmill presents Daniel, Eiji, and even Amelia as characters to which all readers manage to relate. I hesitate to say this is an easy read because it is lengthy and involved, but Simmill’s verbiage flows beautifully and appeals to readers across genres. There is just something about the way Simmill has written the character of Daniel that pulls on my heartstrings. He is determined yet fearful, broken while at the same time seeking hope. He is a character to be remembered.
Fantasy fans will find themselves swept into the mission to stop the Severaine from destroying the world. Simmill’s relatable characters threaded closely with bits of mythology make this an interesting read and, what I deem to be, a successful stand-alone second book in a series.
Pages: 629 | ASIN: B01KGP85FU
Lluava is fighter in more ways than one. She is highly trained, has seen her share of the devastation of war, and she is a Theriomorph. Varren is Lluava’s partner and anxious to again see his grandfather, the king. When Lluava is told she will be traveling with Varren to meet King Thor, she is not prepared for what she finds in Varren’s childhood home. While Lluava and Varren are a pair to be reckoned with in the field, they have a private relationship that defies definition. Lluava’s stay in the royal castle begins a string of events that will change the course of the lives of everyone around her.
Ullr’s Fangs: Book Two of The Incarn Saga, by Katharine Wibell, is a rather dark fantasy surrounding the experiences of young Lluava as she faces some massive responsibilities. Her own fascination with Varren and her determination to become an even more capable fighter dominates the story line of Wibell’s work.
As fantasies go, Ullr’s Fangs is a wonderful thrill ride. I am a reader who becomes much more involved in the characters’ backstories and the relationships they have with one another. Though this installment of Wibell’s series is chock full of action, there is a much bigger draw involving Lluava’s fascination with Varren. Watching their interactions evolve is enthralling.
I am impressed with the tactful way in which Wibell deals with the mental decline of King Thor. His loss of memory and his periodic references to his son give the reader pause. Dementia is a difficult but relatable topic for many readers, and Wibell reveals the king’s struggle slowly and tastefully in small conversations. I find the inclusion of this condition to be a nice way to help readers further relate to the characters.
As I read, I kept coming back to Lluava and her personality traits. She is as kind and loving as she is fierce. When faced with the challenge of training, she perseveres through immense trials and physical challenges. The gentle manner in which she relates to the young maiden assigned to her at the castle is touching.
The shape-shifting aspect of Wibell’s characters is another intriguing element of her writing. I am amazed at the details Wibell manages to include in her work. Lluava’s transformation are easily visualized and exceptionally penned. The Theriomorphs alone are reason enough to read Wibell’s series.
Readers who enjoy fantasies filled with action and well-developed characters will find themselves deeply involved in the plot of Ullr’s Fangs. From cover to cover, Wibell keeps readers on their toes. The fantastic details throughout Wibell’s book bring readers into the story and provide ample opportunity for them to lose themselves in the world she has created. I highly recommend Ullr’s Fangs to any reader looking for a new fantasy series with memorable characters and highly-involved action sequences.
Pages: 342 | ASIN: B07CRQ7S6R