Remants: Season of Fire

Remnants2The second book in the Remnants series gives a broader look at both the Remnants and Knights that left me desperate for more, in a good way.

After finishing their first mission, the Remnants and Knights are coming to terms with their powers, especially Andriana and her power of empathy. It is just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come.  She and Ronan have admitted their growing feelings for each other are more than just that of a Remnant and Knight.  Something that is forbidden.  Their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy, Sethos, and his master Keallach, emperor of Pacifica and also another Ailith.  Andriana thinks he can be turned back to following their calling but is alone in her belief.  She has to decide whether she really can pull him back to the way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has him too far gone.

As the second book in the Remnants series started off I kept my fingers crossed. I enjoyed the first so much I was afraid I might be disappointed, as so often happens in a second in a series.  I was not.  I actually enjoyed this book even more than the first.  It took the first bit to set up the world and give the background giving this book the chance to expand.  I really enjoyed the fact that Bergren decided to write this story with more than one point of view.  In Remnants: Season of Wonder we only were allowed to see everything from Andriana’s point of view.  This is essentially her story and it makes sense to set it up from her POV but it left a lot of questions unanswered.  By showing both her point of view and Ronan’s I felt much more involved in the story and it kept me turning the page even faster.  At first it focused mainly on Dri’s point of view and then started slowly switching back and forth.  This style worked well because there was so much of the story where she wasn’t with the others.  The characters were even more relatable and driven making the story flow faster.

With the addition of new Ailith and the Knights, the story became more complex but also brought things together in a tightly woven web. This book is not only a fantasy action adventure but it is also the characters going on a journey.  A Journey of faith, emotion, trust, love, forgiveness and strength.  We see the characters strength and faith tested, all of them.  Even though Dri is the main focus of the series we get to see a more in depth look at all the Remnants.  Their gifts are becoming stronger the longer they are around each other.  A blessing but it also opens up something within Dri that could leave them all vulnerable to their enemies.  When things are looking darker than ever they have to find their way back together and make sure their bond to the Maker never wavers.

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