Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Citadel of Fire by Matthew Wolf

Ronin Saga #2
Seventeen-year old Gray is descended from a legendary hero known as a Ronin, and haunted by his forgotten past. He returns home to a wizards’ keep, unaware he is now labeled a murderous traitor for killing his best friend. 
Returning could be a death sentence, but the journey alone is perilous. Along the way, Gray discovers he has a grandfather. Now he must reach the city before his only living family dies beneath a madman’s torture. Getting there will be a challenge, however, as an enthrallingly unpredictable woman, a dangerous desert, and a horde of thieves stand in his way. Wielding the banished power of wind, Gray rallies against the poisonous evil that seeks to convert the world to their mantra, “strength is life, weakness death.” 
Yet with an affable scoundrel and a clever bookworm at his side, Gray discovers the world’s greatest secret… He is not the only one with hero’s blood, and the legend of the Ronin walk the world once again.

I received this book from Patchwork Press via NetGalley for review.

Wow, this book was so much better. Where book one was mostly just all set up, this book was pack full of action and character development. All the old characters were improved on and all the new ones really added something to the story without feeling like the story is getting overcrowded with characters. (I tend to loose track of who's who when there's a large cast of characters)

Everything felt like it some coming together in this book, where parts of the last book felt a little slow for me, this one was so very engaging, I could hardly put it down. I am mostly really impressed and happy at how the writing itself improved from the first book to this one. 

I am really looking forward to what's to come in the next book and how many he plans on writing. This series may very well draw me into the world of High Fantasy books, something I normally don't read.

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  1. For some reason the story sounds super familiar to me but I don't recall having read the first book.

    1. A decent amount of Fantasy is fairly similar.

  2. That could be it. I have read a lot of fantasy books over the years.

    1. I still think you'd enjoy these books though.

  3. I've read He's planning on writing 9.