Title: Riders of Fire and Ice
Author: Brett Salter
Series: The Talisman (Book 2 of 5+)
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DISCLAIMER! This is the review of the 2nd book of the series, so it could contain spoiler of the previous one even in the synopsis. Read at your discretion.
They’re back! Julian and Rome are taking their show on the road. This time to lovely, old England in search of Camelot. While there, everyone’s favorite Knight and Master Dragon will be trying to solve the mystery of the Talismans, the mystery of their shadowy stalker, and the mystery of sibling rivalry. Prepare to meet some new faces and, of course, some new Darkbrands as the two further their adventures across the pond.
The second book of this series will bring us to England where our heroes will get too lock for the mystical Camelot, where the legend of the Dragon Riders began! I was really excited for this second adventure and I will tell you right now: I wasn’t disappointed at all!
The strongest points of this second book are for sure the new characters introduced here (or the ones that get better introduced here) that are all really cool! We will also get to know more about the war and the factions fighting it, receiving more insights on the enemies and the allies of our two protagonists.
Since the appearance of the characters, I already guessed right what they will end up being for the story as the author is slowly leaving some big hints about it. This ends up not giving any kind of surprise when the big revelations come but still the author will be surprised from when and the modus operandi of it… and don’t worry: there will still be other twists and turns that will totally surprise you in this book.
When I began reading this series, I wasn’t expecting how zany some of the characters would have been! One in particular in this book really made me die laughing! But I won’t tell you much else to avoid ruining the thing for you.
If I have to talk to you about the character that impressed me the most in this book it would totally be Camela Rider, Julien’s sister. At the beginning she will appear only a haughty and annoying girl but the more the books go on, the more she gets interesting! I have to admit that I think I started to prefer her to Julian due to some factors that we will find out in this book but, again, I won’t tell you much more to avoid ruining the read to you.
Not only are the characters really good but also the battles! If you liked the ones from the previous book, start to get excited because I find the ones here to be better on so many levels and I think it will only get better and better with the characters increasing their knowledge on their powers!
I would only have preferred to have a bit more focus on the parts regarding the more mundane life of the characters, more slice-of-life moments, but at the same time I wonder if it is correct to not have them here because the target of the series is not the good old Raven but some Young Adult/Middle-Grade kid.
This second book ended up being another good one and so the series is continuing to be really promising! The third one promises to be another great trip and so I want to read it as soon as possible!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.