Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision - Review

Release Date: August 18, 2015*

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium-- the kingdom she's just learned is hers.

But with the King's ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King's strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won't let her kingdom down without a fight.

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I was so excited with Jennifer offered Riot of Storm and Smoke, the sequel to Threats of Sky and Sea, to bloggers. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I was anxiously waiting for Riot, which starts right where Threats left off.

I am a huge fan of fantasy and characters that are more than they appear, and when it comes to magic,  battles, politics, and hidden identities, Riot has it all. I enjoyed seeing Bree continue to develop and grow, especially after the events that happened at the end of the first book. The rest of the cast are also present and always developing, especially Caden. New characters and ghosts of old ones work well in the story, never crowding too much despite the growing number. I loved the fantastical and magical elements -  the worlds seems developed and interesting and Bree's movements within the world are what really drove the story for me.

I cannot wait until the third book. The story ends on a cliff hanger and while I thought certain moments seemed a little slow, I really enjoyed the trajectory of the story and the overall pace. Perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass series and other fantasy adventure stories with strong heroines.
*It's available on Barnes and Noble RIGHT NOW! GO BUY IT A WEEK EARLY WOOOO!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Find out more about Jennifer and her books here:

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit. She’s also one of the bloggers behind the book blog The Bevy Bibliotheque.

Her debut YA epic fantasy, Threats of Sky and Sea, is available now, as well as a short prequel entitled Sisters of Wind and Flame.

Happy Reading!


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