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Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in the conclusion of this exciting and fast-paced epic duology about two elemental gladiators whose powers could determine the fate of the world in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in the conclusion of this exciting and fast-paced epic duology about two elemental gladiators whose powers could determine the fate of the world in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and The Deceivers. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes, And I Darken, and The Winner’s Curse. Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising. Fleeing war-ravaged Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean to their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had. When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she would be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all. But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods. To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.


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Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in the conclusion of this exciting and fast-paced epic duology about two elemental gladiators whose powers could determine the fate of the world in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in the conclusion of this exciting and fast-paced epic duology about two elemental gladiators whose powers could determine the fate of the world in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and The Deceivers. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes, And I Darken, and The Winner’s Curse. Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising. Fleeing war-ravaged Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean to their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had. When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she would be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all. But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods. To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.

30 review for Rise Up from the Embers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Magpie6493

    I am so excited for this you have no idea. This series deserves so much more hype than its getting

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✨~Carden~✨

    I can’t wait for more of Ash and Madoc! And I also can’t wait to see the dramatic finale and how everything plays out in the end! I will patiently wait in the mean time...

  3. 5 out of 5

    katherine

    3.5* *Sigh* I really don’t want to write this review. Look, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but the problems I had with it were more on me than the book itself. It did a couple things I never really love, like love interests being separated by something, the miscommunication that proceeds, and when the endings of books feel too easy. And that’s what this book felt like, easy. Don’t get me wrong, the ending the characters got was incredibly satisfying and I appreciated it SO MUCH for them 3.5* *Sigh* I really don’t want to write this review. Look, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but the problems I had with it were more on me than the book itself. It did a couple things I never really love, like love interests being separated by something, the miscommunication that proceeds, and when the endings of books feel too easy. And that’s what this book felt like, easy. Don’t get me wrong, the ending the characters got was incredibly satisfying and I appreciated it SO MUCH for them and everything they’d been through, but I feel like it almost took them nothing to get there if that makes sense. I love all the characters from the bottom of my heart, but I feel like all of the side characters kind of get pushed aside and only pop up in random moments for a shock factor or conflict that’s convenient to keep the plot moving along. This book was also…weirdly short??? The first book Set Fire to the Gods was over 500 pages of epic gladiator battles and enemies to lovers galore, but this book was barely even 350 pages long. And that’s a fine length, but for as much as the first book was setting up for there to be these big epic battles and moments, most of it fell flat for me. Maybe it’s because the week I was reading it I was super tired and busy, not really having the mental energy to get invested back into the world, but usually it’s a sign of a good book when it CAN capture my attention even when I feel like I’ve been awake for 72 hours. But I do recommend this duology, I think a lot of people on here would greatly love it, hopefully more than I did, I was just a bit disappointed. I was really anticipating this sequel, and now…..I don’t know. I’ll leave it at that lol.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophie.reads_

    I absolutely love this duology with all my heart. This is one of my favourites this year and I highly recommend it if you like Elemental magic, gladiators, fascinating world-building and wonderful characters. When I read the first one in January, I loved it so much! It was full of surprises, plot twists and it seemed like the authors could never stop breaking my heart and stitching the pieces back together. I love Madoc and Ash, they are so cute together but also so strong by themselves. They made I absolutely love this duology with all my heart. This is one of my favourites this year and I highly recommend it if you like Elemental magic, gladiators, fascinating world-building and wonderful characters. When I read the first one in January, I loved it so much! It was full of surprises, plot twists and it seemed like the authors could never stop breaking my heart and stitching the pieces back together. I love Madoc and Ash, they are so cute together but also so strong by themselves. They made mistakes, were tricked and power drunk and this made the story much more realistic. I love their dedication to each other but also that they did not forget their own personality. They complement each other in so many aspects. I loved this. Besides them I loved Hydra. In the first one, we only met Ignitus and Geoxus as gods but Hydra was so different from them. I could have hugged her so many times. She was also funny and it lighten the vibe a little bit which was appreciated. I heard people saying the ending was rushed, which I absolutely do not agree with. So many things happened. I had no idea how this would end. I was scared for the characters because the authors showed that they could kill them without any problem so I couldn't rest thinking everyone would be okay. Anyway, this series is not popular enough. Please read it! I hope you are going to like it as much as I did!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Riya Queen

    This was such a fun duology. The first book, set fire to the gods was just as intense as this one, focusing on gods and their squabbles. The stakes go high in this one as well, and the mother goddess gets ready to fight Ash, until death. The book's not anything new, in a sense. But I didn't pick it up wanting to find something new. Instead, it felt like home. Fantasy which is cliche, sure, but also very very entertaining, which is exactly what I wanted and what I got. Madoc and Ash were also ver This was such a fun duology. The first book, set fire to the gods was just as intense as this one, focusing on gods and their squabbles. The stakes go high in this one as well, and the mother goddess gets ready to fight Ash, until death. The book's not anything new, in a sense. But I didn't pick it up wanting to find something new. Instead, it felt like home. Fantasy which is cliche, sure, but also very very entertaining, which is exactly what I wanted and what I got. Madoc and Ash were also very precious in this one 🥺 fighting the big fights and most importantly, trusting and loving each other. The one major thing I loved about this book is how Ash has so much love for Tor and how she finds and bonds together with trust. We rarely see characters trust people that easily in Fantasy, and it was amazing. The final fight was incredible as well, as how you'd imagine high Fantasy to be, and overall such a wonderful and entertaining duology. Perfect for people who want something which feels familiar and cozy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I consumed this book in one sitting! I read Set Fire to the Gods when it came out, so I was nervous starting this book thinking id forgotten everything. But thankfully the authors did a good job of making this easy to follow despite the time between books! This book was really good and I enjoyed it, it was very fast- paced and a fun read. What I liked: fast paced, romance, the magic system/power usage, each god/dess felt unique What I didn’t like: SPOILERS UNDER HERE I felt like some of the event I consumed this book in one sitting! I read Set Fire to the Gods when it came out, so I was nervous starting this book thinking id forgotten everything. But thankfully the authors did a good job of making this easy to follow despite the time between books! This book was really good and I enjoyed it, it was very fast- paced and a fun read. What I liked: fast paced, romance, the magic system/power usage, each god/dess felt unique What I didn’t like: SPOILERS UNDER HERE I felt like some of the events in this book were added for dramatic effect/forward the plot rather than happening organically. Madoc being enslaved by Anathrasa being a big one. The zombie-fication was a fine plot point, but Madoc becoming one was just sooo unnecessary in my opinion. What I HATED most was freaking Ash losing all her powers!! Are you serious??? STOP MAKING THE POWERFUL FEMALE LOSE ALL HER POWERS AT THE END!!! Ash had this entire meltdown in book one about losing her power, it nearly killed her, etc., and in this book she loses it and shes like “yeah ill be alright :)” NO. It DOESNT MAKE SENSE. Then they gave her a FIREPOWERED DAUGHTER? How f-d up is that? First throne of glass, then a court of silver flames, ((maybe)) supergirl, now ash? Is no woman safe? Anyways, for these reasons this book gets a 3.75 instead of 4.5.

  7. 5 out of 5

    mer reads

    Not as solid as book one but I really enjoyed it. The plot remained very unique and interesting, however a bit convenient at times.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annine

    This duology has a lot of familiar ya fantasy/dystopian tropes, but at the same time the actual plot and the world building/magic felt original.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    This series has everything I love––gladiators, elemental magic, gods, action, romance––and I will be sad to see it end. But what an ending! Ash and Madoc are good characters with incredible power and drive. What I loved about their story, particularly when it came to the romantic element, is that they could stand on their own. They fought for each other and held onto their love, which I thought was refreshing. I also found Hydra, a new character, to be super cool and I would love to have a spin- This series has everything I love––gladiators, elemental magic, gods, action, romance––and I will be sad to see it end. But what an ending! Ash and Madoc are good characters with incredible power and drive. What I loved about their story, particularly when it came to the romantic element, is that they could stand on their own. They fought for each other and held onto their love, which I thought was refreshing. I also found Hydra, a new character, to be super cool and I would love to have a spin-off that follows her adventures. The world building can be a bit complex at times, but the authors describe everything as conscicely as possible. The book moves quickly, so I never felt bored. The action is virtually non-stop, and both authors put their full imagination on display. I just wish we had time to explore more of this thrilling world! This is a quick, fun read that I think many readers will enjoy, especially if they are fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you're looking for an exciting summer read, this is it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    A.A. Jaeon

    The story continues where the first book left off. I would say this is a good concluding sequel to the first book. I read the first book one year before I read the sequel. I think I would have liked the sequel more if I reread the first book again and then continued to read the sequel. But I did enjoy reading this book. The storyline is good and there is a lot of action and a good amount of romance. ---------- (****SPOILERS ahead****) Overall, the book was great, but maybe since the series is a d The story continues where the first book left off. I would say this is a good concluding sequel to the first book. I read the first book one year before I read the sequel. I think I would have liked the sequel more if I reread the first book again and then continued to read the sequel. But I did enjoy reading this book. The storyline is good and there is a lot of action and a good amount of romance. ---------- (****SPOILERS ahead****) Overall, the book was great, but maybe since the series is a duology, they had to speed up the storyline and rush the progress of some things. I wanted the authors to dive more into Ash's use of her newfound powers. She is a fire divine and then acquired all of the other gods' powers. Maybe because I am a huge fan of the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra, I would have liked it if Ash had more time to learn to use all of her newly found powers. To master that much power in such a short time is a bit unrealistic for me. But again, it is a duology, so I understand. Madoc is great. I love how he loves Ash. He does so much for her and literally risked his life for her. Since the book is written in third person, I like the way they detailed his feelings for Ash. Madoc seems to love Ash for her being her. I would have liked it if the authors were more detailed on Ash's feelings for Madoc. It is clear that Ash loves Madoc, but I wanted reasons that were more than physical attraction. Madoc's narration seemed to dive deeper into why he loves Ash which I really liked. Ash's POV of why she likes Madoc focused more on physical attraction. The ending...well I am happy that the happy couple has a child now. That is sweet. But to be really honest, I am not happy with the ending. Both Madoc and Ash lost their powers. For Madoc...his powers is more complicated so I am ok with him losing his powers since he did mention that he felt more free. I am happy for Madoc. But Ash, Ash is a freaking fire divine dancer gladiator. It is in her blood and it runs in the family. Her losing her fire powers is just tragic. Her kid with Madoc is fire divine and I thought it would be cool if mother and daughter could use their fire powers together. I understand that they sacrificed everything to save the world and stuff like that. I don't like the endings where they have the MCs start out with powers and then lose it at the end. I am not satisfied with that. But all in all, the couple are together happy and alive. That is pretty much all I can ask for.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sifa Poulton

    Often, sequels are longer than the preceding books, but RISE UP FROM THE EMBERS is ~80 pages shorter than SET FIRE TO THE GODS without feeling rushed. There are some epic fight sequences with all the magic types (yay! The last book was basically just earth and fire!) and the gladiator style was still retained, just altered because of the new purpose and barbarity of it - expect this time, a lot of it was observed until the bigger battles. Antheara's power is really not nice, and seeing that explo Often, sequels are longer than the preceding books, but RISE UP FROM THE EMBERS is ~80 pages shorter than SET FIRE TO THE GODS without feeling rushed. There are some epic fight sequences with all the magic types (yay! The last book was basically just earth and fire!) and the gladiator style was still retained, just altered because of the new purpose and barbarity of it - expect this time, a lot of it was observed until the bigger battles. Antheara's power is really not nice, and seeing that explored was pretty horrifying. It's nice when a villain is very over-powered, but not enough that it feels like they can't be defeated reasonably. Instead, you know she can - if Ash and Madoc can team up. So she's trying to stop them - and is pretty effective at that. That is where the stakes and danger come in. We only really see one new place (the ice/water land) and a little bit of another (the plant land) but a lot of the book is in the earth-country again, so there's less time needing to be spent on world building. Would it have been nice to see the other countries? Yes. Would that have probably bloated the book with side-trips? Probably. Instead, the focus on existing locations lets the story stay in tight to the main story line and conflict. There was a point in the romance arc that really annoyed me, because as soon as the scene happened, I could tell exactly what would happen - and how it would cause drama. So I spent 1.5 chapters waiting for the disaster to play out. The problem I have with these events is that the drama feels manufactured, not based on any sort of deep character wound or growth, or fundamental difference in mindset or values. This makes it feel flimsy and contrived, as it's not affecting the characters beyond "make them fight." I was, however, pleasantly surprised that they get over it so quickly. Usually, in the books (predominantly YA) that I read with this sort of contrived romantic "drama", it's chapters and chapters or nonsense non-talking or sullenness. That's the sort of thing that makes me toss books, because it's so fake - designed for that purpose without forcing characters to actually grow. But here, they actually talk and get over it in short order - which was, frankly, a relief. Overall, it's a fun duology, perfect for those who like elemental magic and a slightly Roman-esque world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    bookishly izzy

    set in a greco-roman inspired world with an intriguing elemental magic system, set fire to the gods by sara raasch and kristen simmons is a young adult fantasy duology that follows gladiators ash and madoc as they uncover the secrets behind their world's gods. the first book, set fire to the gods, also happens to the first and one of the best books i read this year, and, yes, it did make me cry. apparently, if i cry or not is how i judge if books are good now. i've been excited for the sequel ev set in a greco-roman inspired world with an intriguing elemental magic system, set fire to the gods by sara raasch and kristen simmons is a young adult fantasy duology that follows gladiators ash and madoc as they uncover the secrets behind their world's gods. the first book, set fire to the gods, also happens to the first and one of the best books i read this year, and, yes, it did make me cry. apparently, if i cry or not is how i judge if books are good now. i've been excited for the sequel ever since i finished set fire, and the duology recently concluded this august with the release of rise up from the embers. naturally, i had to preorder a copy of rise up, and i was also really lucky to have gotten a signed copy as well. rise up from the embers opens with ash and madoc on the ship, right after where we left off in set fire to the gods. from there, they must find their way to the remaining four elemental gods so madoc can give their energeia to ash as to defeat the mother goddess, anatharsa. rise up is fast paced and an enjoyable fantasy read, and i think the book's greatest strengths come from the lovable characters and the relationships, especially the familial ones, as well as the magic system. maybe that's because i'm just extremely biased to found families and elemental magic systems, but i really did love this entire duology. i did like the first book more, but i still loved reading rise up and i really liked the newly introduced characters, especially hydra. like i mentioned in my review of set fire, the fantastical worldbuilding of this series is extremely well-crafted, on par with sara raasch's snow like ashes trilogy, one of my favourite books. i don't have much criticism for rise up, but i think what jumped out to me was the length of the book. rise up is approximately 100 pages shorter than set fire, and it almost felt oddly short and rushed at certain points, especially towards the end. i think that this book's pacing could have benefited from being longer, and i'd also absolutely love more content about ash and madoc and hydra and this intriguing world. i still highly recommend this duology, especially you're a fan of gladiator or avatar: the last airbender. a review by izzy find me on instagram: @bookishlyizzy and my website: https://bookishlyizzy.wixsite.com/web... izzy (@bookishlyizzy) is an asian-american bookstagrammer and book reviewer. she primarily reads young adult books, and especially loves reading fantasy and science fiction, but also enjoys exploring other genres and categories. she identifies as chinese and bisexual, and is very enthusiastic about promoting diversity in books. thank you for reading this review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    kara shen

    this book was bad. where can i start? is it with the underdeveloped plot? the subpar characters? the cringe and oddly formed romance? the weak "backstory"? the confusing origin story? NOT GETTING TO LET US KNOW ANY CHARACTERS BEFORE THEY WERE KILLED OFF? any of that? maybe all of the above? this book was overall pretty unenjoyable. some parts i just had to close my eyes and think "did they really write that? or am i hallucinating?" because what the hell. the main thing that annoyed me about this boo this book was bad. where can i start? is it with the underdeveloped plot? the subpar characters? the cringe and oddly formed romance? the weak "backstory"? the confusing origin story? NOT GETTING TO LET US KNOW ANY CHARACTERS BEFORE THEY WERE KILLED OFF? any of that? maybe all of the above? this book was overall pretty unenjoyable. some parts i just had to close my eyes and think "did they really write that? or am i hallucinating?" because what the hell. the main thing that annoyed me about this book was the romance. the romance! usually, that's the redeeming part in most stories because it holds the most interest for me but no. i think it was the complete lack of chemistry. (view spoiler)[ALSO I HATE MADOC WHY DID HE LITERALLY DO THAT YES YOU KNOW WHAT THAT WAS AND WHY WAS ASH COMPLETELY OKAY? WHY DID THEY MAKEOUT AFTER HE LITERALLY WAS KISSING AERO THAT'S SO GROSS I ALMOST DNFED IT ASH WHERE WAS YOUR SPINE (hide spoiler)] the only character i liked was tor. everyone else was either underdeveloped (@everyone, but especially hydra) annoying (@ash, @madoc) or dead. (@everyone else) no, i'm not joking. this book was just bad to get through. the only reason why it wasn't a 1.5 was because i somewhat enjoyed the epilogue. and that's a SOFT somewhat. very disappointed in this duology

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    RISE UP FROM THE EMBERS is a solid conclusion to the story that began in SET FIRE TO THE GODS. This duology has a special place in my heart as I helped reveal the cover to book 1. RUFTE hits the ground running as Madoc and Ash race to save their world from the grips of The Mother Goddess. This book has many strengths. The magic system does indeed give good AEITA vibes. Truly, you can't go wrong with elemental magic, and I enjoyed seeing Ash working on mastering the powers she finds herself with RISE UP FROM THE EMBERS is a solid conclusion to the story that began in SET FIRE TO THE GODS. This duology has a special place in my heart as I helped reveal the cover to book 1. RUFTE hits the ground running as Madoc and Ash race to save their world from the grips of The Mother Goddess. This book has many strengths. The magic system does indeed give good AEITA vibes. Truly, you can't go wrong with elemental magic, and I enjoyed seeing Ash working on mastering the powers she finds herself with after the first book. She's a really great and strong female character full of passion and drive. The romance in this one is also fantastic. Ash and Madoc have a really swoony dynamic and I loved seeing how their relationship was challenged and ultimately grown throughout the entire novel. The stakes are really high in this one as mortals attempt to stay the hands of capricious gods. To defeat them, Ash and Madoc stand to lose not just each other, but their humanity if they are going to be ruthless enough to stop them. I listened to the audiobook of this one and I liked the narrator a lot. Overall, this is a fun fantasy duology that really kept me engaged for the most part, and I really enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leanna

    Okay, so I have really mixed feelings about this book. In terms of plot, there are some things that I like better than the first. I liked that the book got more political with the various countries and the alliances. I wasn't a fan of some of the plot lines revolving around Madoc though. I'm not sure what made me start to dislike Madoc in this book, especially since I decently liked him in the first one. On the other hand, I really loved Ash in this one! Her and Hydra were definitely my favorite Okay, so I have really mixed feelings about this book. In terms of plot, there are some things that I like better than the first. I liked that the book got more political with the various countries and the alliances. I wasn't a fan of some of the plot lines revolving around Madoc though. I'm not sure what made me start to dislike Madoc in this book, especially since I decently liked him in the first one. On the other hand, I really loved Ash in this one! Her and Hydra were definitely my favorite characters. I loved seeing the character development from the first book to this one. That being said, I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending. I do understand why it was the way it was though. I did enjoy this read, but it just wasn't one of my favorites. The romance was cute, and the world was really interesting. Overall, this was a well done duology, and I'm glad I read it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved the first book with all my heart, and while I enjoyed this one too, it just didn't live up to the original. The book felt very short, and things seemed to resolve themselves very quick. Both Madoc and Ash seemed different than how they were in the first book, I don't like how Ash lost her powers in the end and three years later they have a baby? That was the part that really shocked me. I still love these books, it's just this one fell a little flat (and the cover? They look so different I loved the first book with all my heart, and while I enjoyed this one too, it just didn't live up to the original. The book felt very short, and things seemed to resolve themselves very quick. Both Madoc and Ash seemed different than how they were in the first book, I don't like how Ash lost her powers in the end and three years later they have a baby? That was the part that really shocked me. I still love these books, it's just this one fell a little flat (and the cover? They look so different in this one)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Raasch and Simmons did an amazing job of upping the stakes and the trials that the main characters and their kingdoms are forced to go through leading up to the final showdown with the Mother Goddess. Ash and Maroc have such a strong bond, not just with each other, but with their respective families that it just warms the heart. Both struggled in their own ways in the book to adapt to the god-like powers they were learning to use, but I loved how they had their anchors to bring them back from go Raasch and Simmons did an amazing job of upping the stakes and the trials that the main characters and their kingdoms are forced to go through leading up to the final showdown with the Mother Goddess. Ash and Maroc have such a strong bond, not just with each other, but with their respective families that it just warms the heart. Both struggled in their own ways in the book to adapt to the god-like powers they were learning to use, but I loved how they had their anchors to bring them back from going too far and abusing those abilities. This was such a beautiful ending to the duology.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maitland Johnson

    I adored the first book. It was centered in family, love, and duty. I loved the gods/powers system. I feel like I need way more time in the world. I needed more of everything. More training, more of Madoc and Ash getting to really love each other. In this book more of the remaining Gods. We got to know them some, but way no way near enough. Overall it was a quick read and was enjoyable but I think to take this story over the top in this hard genre of YA fantasy, it being fleshed out would have i I adored the first book. It was centered in family, love, and duty. I loved the gods/powers system. I feel like I need way more time in the world. I needed more of everything. More training, more of Madoc and Ash getting to really love each other. In this book more of the remaining Gods. We got to know them some, but way no way near enough. Overall it was a quick read and was enjoyable but I think to take this story over the top in this hard genre of YA fantasy, it being fleshed out would have improved it. The cover alone I gave an extra star

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I spent a lot of time wavering between 3 and 4 stars. I still love the Avatar elements, but the villain of the book felt like a less likable version of a Korra villain. Lately I need my villains relatable, and this one fell a little short. A little more predictable than book 1. I stuck with 4 stars because I feel like this book would've hit huge with me 10 years ago, but I might be too old for it now. Characters are still great, just a little childish for me to relate to. I spent a lot of time wavering between 3 and 4 stars. I still love the Avatar elements, but the villain of the book felt like a less likable version of a Korra villain. Lately I need my villains relatable, and this one fell a little short. A little more predictable than book 1. I stuck with 4 stars because I feel like this book would've hit huge with me 10 years ago, but I might be too old for it now. Characters are still great, just a little childish for me to relate to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    A brilliant conclusion to the story of Ash and Madoc! After they escape from Deimos, Ash and Madoc have to decide how to proceed to defeat the newly risen Mother Goddess. But will they be able to stay true to themselves and each other or will Anathransa strip them of everything they hold dear? This was an awesome conclusion! Action packed, emotional and full of surprises! Loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Draheim

    Ok so I debated if I even should write a review but it got better towards the end so here it is. ⭐️ character development ⭐️ loved the ending ⭐️ a bit of action at the end Writing style was as good as in the first part. Story: I actually missed everything I loved in the first book. It was ok but in the last few chapters it got better. I tried but I liked the first book more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Harmony

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a sequel! This book was amazing! While madoc’s storyline was a bit predictable (hence the 4 stars) it was well written and enjoyable! Ash’s development and conflict had you aching to give her a hug! The supporting cast were also more fleshed out and a special mention needs to be given to hydra, who I hope found a happy ending Speaking of hydra, prequel series anyone?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Callie LaBelle

    Overall: 4/5 Characters: 4/5 Plotline: 4/5 World-Building: 4/5 Romance: 3/5 Themes: 3/5 Writing: 4/5 Enjoyment Factor: 4/5 Review: The beginning of this was a little slow, but once it picked up, and it picked up fast. As a sequel this was a wild ride and a great ending to the duology. The ending was extremely climatic and I was nervous, scared and excited all at the same time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    BeeLovingQueen

    This book was amazing! The first one already amazed me so much I couldnt put it into words. But this one was perfect - the whole story and then the ending was so thought out and planned wonderfully that I am quite sad that its over already. It it definetly worth reading both books just to follow Ash and Madocs story!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Caylynn

    Ya lost me at the child, honestly. It's a personal nitpick of mine, given how much I loathe crotch goblins in real life, but I'm particularly averse to YA books that leave off with a child. Thus, I don't want to rate this one. Ya lost me at the child, honestly. It's a personal nitpick of mine, given how much I loathe crotch goblins in real life, but I'm particularly averse to YA books that leave off with a child. Thus, I don't want to rate this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Olinde

    Fairly good story. Elaborate world building. There were costs in the outcome.

  27. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Leach

    Great conclusion to this series! Loved it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grethel

    3.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meera

    3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dhruv

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH

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