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The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her Knight Champion, Daniel.
Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.
In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.
WARNING MINOR SPOILERS
I enjoyed the sequel much more! Madeline is back with her friends and family along with a few new acquaintances. The book pretty much picks up where the first book left off which I think is always a good thing. I'm not always fond of time skips between books unless there is a good reason for it.
The world was much more developed this time around and it showed in the writing. This time it expanded farther than the forest which I think is great. I love adventure and traveling to new places is always something I enjoy. Getting cooped up in one place with all dialogue is no fun but you won't have a problem with this in this book. I loved seeing the wizards and how they became a part of the story since they were only hinted at in the first book.
The writing has improved in comparison to the first book. The writing of the backgrounds were still well written but the dialogue also has gotten better. The fight scenes and the exploration of the world were much more entertaining and I think it was something the first book lacked. I found myself mentally cheering and rooting along with the villagers which is always a plus. The writing voice seemed to have mature in this book which I appreciate because as readers get older I would assume they want a book to grow along with them. You'll get that here especially with the characters and how they grow.
What I loved most about this book was the development of the characters and how they learned from their previous experiences. Madeline and Sophia the most in my opinion. I liked how Sophia tried to convince Madeline to talk to the King but even after doing that Madeline still went with her gut. I felt a little bad for Sophia for how she ended up but I believe she learns and do wish the best for her. The prince and Daniel were more or less the same but each had their own personal dilemmas to deal with on their own. I really enjoyed Elias and his mystical abilities. I'm intrigued by Emmett and am eager to see how he becomes relevant to the story.
The execution of the story was a vast improvement in my opinion compared to the first book. There are more complex plot events that are handled and I think the author wrote them decently. There were moments where I thought ahead wondering why someone didn't do or say something only to find that they do so later.
So if you were on the fence on the first book I recommend you picking up the second book anyways because it does get better.
3.5 out of 5 rating for me!
*DISCLAIMER: I want to thank the author for the e-copy to read for this review. Other than the given copy I was not compensated for the review and all the opinions in the review are my own.
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About the Author:
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church.
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