by Tania Johansson
Plot Summary:In this sequel to Book of Remembrance in The Forgotten Gods Series, Kadin’s quiet family life starts unravelling when he returns home to Predaki. Sinister dreams begin to haunt him – a matter not helped by the wise Cha’s ominous warning to heed these nighttime visions.
Soon, more than simple dreams are stalking his movements. A mere fifteen-cycles-of-the-seasons after defeating Rakadamon at the Battle of Magtisanya, it becomes apparent that Dark Children and Twisted Ones are walking amongst us again. This time it seems they have a new agenda: revenge.
This poses a disturbing question…is the Dark Master back?
Review:I previously reviewed the first book in this series Book of Remembrance last year, and although it has taken me awhile to get to the second book I am so glad I did! It's just as entertaining as the first book!
The things I liked about the first book was the action-packed adventure, the complex world-building and the twists and turns in the narrative, and all of that is continued in this second book. The story starts off with a more mature Kadin because it is several years after the events of the first book, and he is married and has a family. It was interesting to have Kadin so much more mature and in a family setting. It changed the dynamic of the story and increased the stakes because of the danger threatening his children.
The story moves very quickly and brings in all the characters from the Alliance in the last book. They are all a little changed, and have had trials to endure, which I thought gave such depth and realism to the characters. I had a bit of an issue in the last book with the stilted dialogue, but I felt that the writing was much improved in this book, and overall was very impressed by how well the sequel continues the saga of the Alliance and Rakadamon. There were things that I suspected early on, and of some I was right, but there were a few surprises along the way. I definitely enjoyed this second installment of the Forgotten Gods series!
review copy kindly provided by the author