Riot of Storm and Smoke
by Jennifer Ellision
Threats of Sky and Sea, #2
published on August 18th 2015 (self-published)
young adult | fantasy | romance
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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.
[PACING] snail’s pace | slow | just right | fast | holy crap just stop
[DIVERSITY] none :sadface: | some (minor characters) | LGBTQ | mental health | racial | religion
[ROMANCE] insta-love | realistically paced | slow-burn | love triangle | love square | I am confused | none
[FEELS] swoons | tears | laughs | cries of frustration | eye rolls | pukes | snores | gasps
[WRITING] flowery prose | conversational | choppy or cluttered | telling, no showing | info dump-y
[ENDING] cliffhanger | open ending | satisfactory | was that an ending?
[RECOMMENDED?] heck no | to select people | mostly | YAS
Who says all sequels have to go through second-book syndrome? Riot of Storm and Smoke surely didn’t. It was still as engaging and easy to get into as the first!
One of the main things I really want to praise about this book is that I didn’t have to worry about forgetting many details, which, obviously, I did. But Jennifer makes it easy for us to return to the world she created with insertions of small, subtle, but incredibly helpful recaps. Kudos to you, lady–that’s a difficult feat you’ve conquered right there.
My booknesia aside, this book had lots of other awesome strengths as well. Let’s delve into those.
1. We’re shown more sides of each character. In the first book, I associated our heroine Bree with the word “strong,” and now, while that statement still stands strong, I can also say I’ve finally seen her more vulnerable side. The same goes for Aleta. We also get to know Tregle’s sweet–but definitely strong–side.
2. We’re shown another side of the world. This book is full of travels, and so we’re introduced to the other parts of the world this book’s set in. And yes, I assure you, it’s not info-dumpy at all. Everything’s explained pretty simply, in fact.
3. The writing is so easy to get into! It’s natural and conversational, with a hint of hey-I’m-a-fantasy-book! thrown in there for more authenticity.
4. The ending will make you gasp. Not kidding, friends. I finished this book before taking a shower one morning, and behold–I gasped! Yes, it’s another cliffhanger, but it’s a cliffhanger that’ll make you want to run to Jennifer Ellision’s house to steal her manuscript for book three.
The only downside is the romance. There were two in this book–one between the main characters, Bree and Caden, and another minor one between a certain two characters. As in the first book, I couldn’t get myself to feel anything for Bree and Caden at all, which is unusual for my angst-loving self. The minor romance, though, I ADORED and totally ship. But no spoilers.
So, do I recommend this book and its predecessor, Threats of Sky and Sea? Why, yes, I totally do. Go read them. I’m serious.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.