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Bei diesem Buch bin ich etwas zwiegespalten. Einerseits haben mir die Fantasy-Elemente unglaublich gut gefallen, die Kampfszenen waren mal wieder herausragend gut geschrieben und die Geschichte war sehr spannend. Andererseits konnte ich leider Skylar und Ladon die Liebesgeschichte nicht ganz abkaufen. Ich hatte nie das Gefühl, dass es ein ›Wir‹ bei den Protagonisten gibt, da beide im Prinzip von Anfang bis Ende ihre eigenen Pläne durchziehen und auch oft getrennt voneinander sind – zu oft, um eine richtige Beziehung aufzubauen, meiner persönlichen Meinung nach. Obwohl Skylar und Ladon sehr starke Charaktere sind, die in diesem Buch tiefgründiger erscheinen als die Protagonisten in Band 1, hat mir die Abwechslung zum Vorgänger-Paar gefehlt. Offenbar verleugnen alle Hauptcharaktere dieser Reihe, dass sie "fated mates" sind. Diese Ignoranz fand ich in Band 1 noch ganz interessant, doch in Band 2 hatte es mich leider zunehmend genervt. Laut dem Klappetext zu Band 3 werden die Protagonisten dort erneut verleugnen, dass sie füreinander bestimmt sind. Daher werde ich erst einmal andere Bücher lesen, ehe ich mich an den vorletzten Teil dieser Reihe wage. Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich mir Band 3 bereits gekauft und möchte unbedingt wissen, wie es mit den Drachenkönigen und dem Krieg zwischen diesen weitergeht.
Wer Geschichten mag, in denen Seelenverwandte jeglichem Instinkt trotzen und das Schicksal herausfordern, wird mit dieser Buchreihe schöne Lesestunden verbringen.
This book didn’t have as many dramatic elements of book one in my opinion, but it didn’t need it. I enjoyed the read. I like how the hero and heroine were fated but not Insta-love. Looking forward to the next one.
The Blood King is book 2 in Abigail Owen's Inferno Rising series, directly following (as in the last scene of book 1 is the first of book 2) The Rogue King. Though you could slog your way through and understand the premise of the series as well as gather the events of the last book, this series really should be read in order. They would not standalone well as they are essentially telling one story from the four sisters' perspectives. Besides, Rogue King was phenomenal-you should read it.
The book is done in third person omniscient style (for those whom that matters *cough:me:cough*) and from multiple characters, though mostly the leading two. The tone of the book was very different than that of Rogue King in that our two leads' personalities were so vastly different than Brand and Kasia. It carries on the serious undercurrent of the world situation, but Ladon and Skylar are far more the doers than the dreamers; guardians and fighters more than planners and leaders.
Ladon, the Blood King himself, is a hard as nails, die hard warrior who has known nothing but fighting for his cause (freeing the blue clan and all dragon shifters from the oppression of the rotting king) in his half a millennia of life. He is dedicated and driven to a fault, and the addition of Skyler to his life throws him into a tailspin like he's never known.
Skyler, for her part, is the daredevil of the quadruplets. The 'crazy one' as she herself puts it with a heaping helping of daring and a dash of recklessness thrown in for good measure. She's a perfect match for Ladon's stubbornness and determination, that's for sure. That very similarity causes them both headaches as well as provides middle ground.
The pairing is an interesting one for me: far from opposites attract, this is a fine example of rock meeting hard place and finding a kindred spirit instead of an obstacle. Don't get me wrong, they were definitely their own obstacles and their relationship was hard won, but they did finally win. Unlike with Brand and Kasia, the bonding happens early in the book and the story is much more about the pair finding their way to making that bond whole and real and becoming a true partnership. The opposite of the first book, but well done and done in such a way that it felt right for our couple.
I enjoyed the book and found myself very happy that the two of them found each other and made their own way in the end. I don't think I loved either as much as Brand or Kasia, but we all have our favorites. ;) I am dying for the next installment (Meira's book) and will hate waiting a year or more to see it! The overarching story progresses significantly (great points to the author for managing to spread it out well and not leave a book lacking in that arena) and we find more reasons to hate the Rotting King, as well as meeting new allies and interesting persons. Also: more lovable hellhound time. Who doesn't love that?
If you're into contemporary parallel worlds (happening alongside modern times, though in secret), stubborn characters with more pride than sense sometimes, steamy romance, great sibling relationships, powerful dragons, amazing paranormal creatures, and a story that will leave you begging for the conclusion to come sooner, this is definitely a book for you.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Will her fear to love hinder her first grab at love ...
As my first read in this series, while the story stand alone in itself, I will recommend to read the first one before as it gives more insights about the background plot and the author’s world setting. Why I had to get a crash course about this fantasy world. From the four sisters, I am not certain Skylar is my favorite, her characters has some good traits but also some failings. I thought her a coward at time for refusing to acknowledge her true feelings, hiding herself behind her past issues to excuse her backtracking. After she is tough and stubborn, never letting circumstances impede her path. She is the kind of woman who takes no prisoner. Ladon did not usurp his nickname, he is ruthless and cunning but he is such with his people’s welfare in mind. It is not greed or power hunger that drive him but only to assure his clan peace and rest. He is also the first to accept the shift of his sentiments, not afraid to feel but fearing to be rejected by the one woman he needs more than air to breath. Their journey to one another is not a smooth ride as trust is not given easily on Skylar’s side, plus her independent side does not sit well with the mating state. Up to her to see past her own preconceived ideas and get to know the real Ladon.
4.5 stars I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Entangled, here is my true and unbiased opinion