Author: Ronie Kendig
Series: Abiassa’s Fire #2
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Haegan is the Fierian and now has to prove himself in order to take the throne.
Haegan and his band of followers are back and he now has to prove he is worthy of taking the throne. Their land is leaderless and being devastated by Poired Dyrth and his army. Most have known him as only a cripple, not the gifted Accelerant he is destined to become. He knows he can no longer run from the truth. He has to return to fight for his people. But it isn’t just Dyrth he is up against; insidious forces work against him and he quickly learns there are not many he can trust. It is going to be the most difficult task he has faced, but now he must choose the right path in order to save the world.
Ronie Kendig has made a name for herself writing military thrillers. With this second book in her fantasy series, she works to bring her readers into this exciting new world. Fantasy is a difficult world to write. There is so much work required to build up a new world and it can be easy to lose a reader in that world. Overall, Kendig has done a good job building the world. At times it is difficult to place myself in this world, mainly due to the language being difficult to follow, which makes it hard to keep up. The characters are fleshed out much more clearly in this novel than in Embers and has left me wanting more from several of them. I know this is only the second Fantasy Kendig has written, but she has a long way to go to really find her way in this genre. Even so, I see tremendous potential for her. I still prefer her military thrillers but am very curious to see where the story leads next.
I think fantasy lovers will enjoy the book, provided they have patience and remember Kendig is still considered a newbie at writing fantasy. Towards the end of the book, I found myself reaching out to find out the key points of what was going to happen. With that being said, I think the story could easily be cut down by a few thousand words and flow much smoother with the same end result.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.