Blurb (from Goodreads):
Newly commissioned Interceptor fighter pilot, Erynn Yager, knows sacrifice. Her battle against a brutal alien enemy intent on destroying her two worlds set her on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, all while struggling to gain control of her secret abilities. With the alien threat crushed, Erynn believes the worst is behind her. She settles in to experience first love and a changed life on a hidden military base deep inside a glacier covered mountain on Arranon.
Her peaceful existence can’t last.
Dhoran, the evil sovereign of Arranon’s underworld has risen from the dead to possess an unwilling human. Dhoran’s powers grow while he plots a war that may plunge Arranon onto a path of destruction neither realm will survive. Arranon is pulled into chaos as violence spreads across the planet.
Drawn first in visions, Erynn enters a diverse world beneath Arranon’s surface, a realm teeming with danger, mystery, and beauty. The battle thrusts her into an uncharted kingdom, intensifying her connection to the heart and soul of the living Arranon.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author R. E. Sheahan.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Storm of Arranon’ series, and kicks off not long after the end of book 1. **Warning; some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 – ‘Storm of Arranon’**
Erynn Yager is back! But unfortunately for her so is Dhoran, the evil sovereign of Arranon’s underworld, and he’s determined to take Arranon by force.
Dhoran has possessed a human, and is now working on getting Erynn to the underworld, and making her his mate.
Erynn has her own problems though, firstly someone is murdering people on the base, and secondly, Jaer has a girl called Shan turn up who claims to be his wife!
Erynn knows that she must try to locate and close the portals between the surface and the underworld in an attempt to stop Dhoran, but solving her more personal problem seems to be even more difficult.
Can Erynn locate and close the portals? What will happen to her relationship with Jaer? And who has Dhoran possessed?
This was a great fantasy story, and in my opinion was even better than the first book in the series.
Erynn has grown a little from her experiences in book 1, and has grown to love Jaer even more than she already did. She’s a great pilot, and her skills make her one of the very best, but the arrival of another girl claiming to be committed to Jaer isn’t quite so easy to deal with, and leaves Erynn unsure whether she should forget Jaer, or fight for him.
I hated that Erynn didn’t feel secure enough in her relationship with Jaer to believe that he loved her and wanted her, but I could also see why she might feel that way, considering how standoffish Jaer sometimes comes across, and how new their relationship is. I was desperately rooting for them to get through this though and find their way back to each other.
Erynn continued to show her bravery in this instalment, and kept going even when things looked desperate. I liked this about her, but also couldn’t help but tell her off sometimes when she did things that were most definitely not advisable! I really like that Erynn is a pilot though, and isn’t afraid to take the bull by the horns.
I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked how Dhoran had managed to come back to threaten Erynn and Arranon again. It was interesting to see how many people were fooled by him and still believed him to be the person that he had possessed. I also liked the idea of the gates between the surface world and the underworld, and the little touches that made these gates unique, even if the idea itself maybe isn’t. I also liked the way that time is measured differently on Arranon, which was also a nice touch, and gave the world building that extra little something.
There was quite a lot of tension and anticipation at the end, and once again Erynn is part of the action in the finale! I’m guessing that this isn’t the last we’ll see of Dhoran though.
Overall; a great fantasy/sci-fi sequel.
7 out of 10.