Jul 17, Mayim de Vries rated it liked it Somewhere there has to be a smooth middle road. Somewhere between weakness and abuse. I really hate writing reviews months after finishing the book. While it is true that the cloud of emotions settles, allowing the more important things to come to the fore, it takes away also the small delicious tidbits that make the reading a unique experience. I am sad to say that I do not really remember much about Stormlord Rising, which does not necessarily mean that it is a bad book I tend to remember those!
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Circumstances force him to continue helping the devious rainlord, Taquar Sardonyx, to create rain—even though Taquar is using his control of water to further his own lust for power… Terelle has been forced to leave the Scarpen with her great-grandfather, Russet; his painting of her future has trapped her into doing his will.
Russet will not give up until he has regained his status as a Watergiver lord in his homeland—but Terelle is determined to resist, no matter what the price. Meanwhile, Ryka Feldspar has been captured and taken as a concubine by a Reduner tribemaster. She discovers her rainlord husband, Kaneth, in the slave lines, but he has no memories of their time together.
She is desperate to flee—but how can she leave him to his fate? Reviews Stormlord Rising is possibly the best Book Two of a series I have ever read… Written so fluidly that the intertwining plot threads weave seamlessly together as the pages progress, Stormlord Rising is a page turner of classic magnitude. The action leaps off the page, supported by characters so well-drawn you fall in love with them, but in the hands of an author not afraid to kill off her darlings, which is a heart-pounding combination!
I read this book in the bath, in bed, feeding the baby and in the wee hours. I simply could not put it down. She is a past master in exploring the emotions of her characters, whether they are struggling with relationship problems, facing moral dilemmas, or taking part in war. Battle scenes are so vivid that the reader is right there in the midst of it all. And how I love the pedes, huge insect-like creatures that are the main form of transport. I love all of it, became totally immersed in it, and look forward to reading more.
In fact, Stormlord Rising will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well written fantasy. There are very few books that I find literally impossible to put down, but like its predecessor, The Last Stormlord, Stormlord Rising was one. One of the outstanding Australian fantasy writers currently in print, Glenda Larke was deservedly shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel for The Last Stormlord and she has maintained the quality in Stormlord Rising.
I will be surprised if this book does not figure in the Aurealis Awards.
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