Author: Meg Anne
Title: "Reign of ash"
Book 2 in series The chosen
Main character: Helena
“You will damn us all.”
Kiri Helena Solene thought her trial was over. She was wrong. Prophesied to be the strongest of her kind, Helena is still coming to terms with the depth of her power and what it means to rule. Unfortunately, there’s little time to learn.
“Without the tether you will fracture.”
As her soul mate, Von is Helena’s balance. Too bad he’s missing. When he disappears, her tenuous hold on her magic begins to slip. Helena must find Von, and soon, or risk losing control completely. If only she knew where to look.
“You have a choice before you.”
A malevolent force has risen; threatening the lives of Helena and those in her Circle. What they don’t realize is that without Von she will become the thing they most fear. How do you choose between the people you’ve vowed to protect and the one person you can’t live without?
How do you choose when there’s no choice at all?
I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) it's a sequel in a fantasy series, and you definitely have to read the first book to fully enjoy this one :) that little fact also makes writing my review a bit more tricky, cause I want to have something for both: people who are caught up on the series but also for all of you who are brand new to it :) so here's what we're gonna do: in the next paragraph I will tell you a bit more about the world, our main character and the plot in general, so it's safe to read for everyone :) then in the third and last paragraph I will tell you all about my thoughts and feelings about this particular installment, which will include some major spoilers about the first book, so if you haven't read it yet, you might want to avoid it :) so let's get started :)
The chosen is a fantasy series, with magic and some mythical creatures involved :) it's set in a completely new world, and we slowly get more and more informations about it... and I am constantly curious about something new... I swear, I get some answers but then I have even more questions... and all because of the fantastic writing style and the ability of the lovely Meg to create such magical place :) her descriptions make me feel like I'm there, and there are moments when I absolutely forget that I am reading a book... :) and about Helena, our main character :) we meet her when she lives alone, away from the big cities, when her childhood friend comes back and explains to her, that she is actually very powerful, but her magic was bound within her and she was taken to grow up in peace and away from the corruption and deception, because as a part of the prophecy, she will have the ability to either save or doom them all... dun dun duuuunnnnnn ;) sorry, but this moment absolutely needed a musical theme :) back to Helena :) I really like her as the main character, even though she's definitely not perfect :) but she learns from her mistakes, accepting consequences of her actions and doing her best under the circumstances she was thrown into very unexpectedly :) the first book is a fantastic introduction to the main group of characters and rules of the world :) we very quickly learn that Helena's magic is the most powerful and she is supposed to be the ruler... she will also have to have her inner circle which includes five people: The Sword, The Shield, The Advisor, The Master and The Mate :) I am not gonna go into all the details what each position entails, it's much better explained in the book :) this first story was such a beautiful surprise... I did not expect to fall in love with this world and those characters as much as I did, so I very highly recommend you guys to give it a try :) ok, now that we have all this out of the way, let me jump into all my thoughts and feelings about the sequel :) and like I warned you guys before, it will include some major spoilers from the first book, so all you new people avert your eyes ;)
Ok, last warning, SPOILERS from the first book ahead :) we pick up soon after where we left of in the first installment... Von, Helena's mate, was taken by Gillian, who turned out to not be her friend how she pretended the whole time... Helena is furious and hurting, especially because of how she and Von left things between them before the kidnapping... the majority of the book, and by that I mean almost all of it, revolves around finding and saving him... it was a great sequel in this absolutely fantastic series, although I have to admit, that I really missed all the interactions between Helena and Von, since they were separated throughout the most of the book... but all other scenes with her and her friends almost made up for it ;) we got to know more about people we met in the frst book, but we also got to meet some new ones as well :) there were twists and turns that I definitely did not expect... some heartbreaking, some wonderfully vulnerable and beautiful... and after THAT ending, I am dying to get my hands on the third installment :) yes, the situation with Von is resolved, but if you don't want to wait in agony, I would recommend you to skip that last chapter... it sets things for the next book and ends on a mother of all cliffhangers... *sighs* I read the warning before I read the book, but I thought it can't be that bad... yep, it is... :) so fair warning :) I am absolutely in love with Meg's writing style, so I highly recommend you guys to give this series a try :) I will definitely be looking forward to next installments, and all other stories she will publish in the future :)
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Meg Anne has always had stories running on a loop in her head. They started off as daydreams about how the evil queen (aka Mom) had her slaving away doing chores; and more recently shifted into creating backgrounds about the people stuck beside her during rush hour. The stories have been there, they were just waiting for her to tell them.
Like any true SoCal native, Meg enjoys staying inside curled up with a good book and her cat Henry... or maybe that's just her; sunburns hurt! You can convince Meg to buy just about anything if it's covered in glitter or rhinestones, or make her laugh by sharing your favorite bad joke. She also accepts bribes in the form of baked goods and Mexican food.
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