Sunday, February 7, 2016

REVIEW: Storms

Sharani 2:
By: Kevin L. Nielsen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Myths & Legends
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Publication date: 12.27.2015
Pages: 335

Recommended by: KindleBookReview, Read 2 Review
Date read: 2.6.2016

I want to point out that I did not read the first book in this series.  I was asked to do a review on this book, and so jumped ahead, which is something I don't usually do.  I do plan on going back to read the first book, though, in order to get the full story, but I feel that this book gave enough information about things that happened before the events in this book, never once leaving me confused.

I enjoyed this book.  The story was intriguing, the history of the Orinai and Rahuli (which they discover throughout this book) was in-depth and compelling, the characters were likable (some a little more so than others, but each drove the story further on, especially as they grew), and I had a good time reading about their adventure.  

There were some editing issues throughout, and I expected more action in their adventure, what with all the talk of what is to come and the feelings/vibes they were getting, but it was a good YA book, and I plan to read the next one in the series when it comes out.  The ending, at one point, seemed a little easy, but it has left me wanting to know what is to come next, and that's always a good thing from a second book.

About the book:
Storms rage across the Sharani desert.  Those clansmen who survived the devastation in the Oasis take refuge in the Roterralar Warren.  But just as they grew to understand in the Oasis, maybe they weren't meant to be together at all.  Change is in the wind.  The Orinai are coming.
            Gavin struggles to find his place within the clans while Beryl begins to recognize that what he did in calling the Orinai will have devastating consequences.  In an effort to atone for that, he sets in motion events that will lead to the end of safety and, possibly, the destruction of the Rahuli people.
            After waking from weeks of troubled slumber, Lhaurel struggles with what she had to do in the Oasis and the burgeoning powers within her.  As everything she holds dear begins to fall apart again she is plagued with the one, most important question.  Can she save her people once again or is she unwilling to pay that price?

About the author:
Kevin L. Nielsen's journey into writing began in the 6th grade when an oft-frustrated librarian told him there simply wasn't enough money in the budget to buy any more books.  She politely suggested he write his own.  His teacher at the time also challenged him to read the Iliad by the end of the year (which he did).  Kevin has been writing ever since (and invading libraries and bookstores everywhere).
            Kevin currently resides in Utah with his amazing wife and two wonderful children.  He's still writing and continuing a lifelong quest to become a dragon rider.

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