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Review: Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision

Title:  Riot of Storm and Smoke

Author: Jennifer Ellision

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: Threats of Sky and Sea (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Format: Ebook, 239 Pages

ASIN: B0119VS9CO (Jennifer Ellision)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium– the kingdom she’s just learned is hers.

But with the King’s ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King’s strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won’t let her kingdom down without a fight.

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful sequel that I couldn’t put down! With its captivating world, cute romance and non-stop action this is sure to be a hit with all YA fantasy fans!

Opening Sentence: We leave the body in the tunnel and I try not to imagine my father lying there—alone and rotting away.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Bree is lucky to be alive. She along with her friends have escaped the clutches of the evil king of Egrian. But their freedom came at a steep price, Bree’s  beloved father gave his life so they could escape. Before he passed away he shared some of his secrets with Bree. It turns out she is the princess of Nereidium and if she wants to save her rightful kingdom she will have to hurry. The evil king has a new weapon at his disposal, and he plans to finally defeat Nereidium with it.

As Bree races to get to the Nereid shores, Prince Caden is rallying his people against his father. Caden has finally taken a stand and is leading the underground rebellion! He will have to find more allies if he wants to overthrow his father, and the path ahead is a dangerous one. Together Bree and Caden hope to save both of their kingdoms or die trying!

Bree is such a fun character. She is still a spunky, intelligent, and witty girl. But Her life has drastically changed recently, and her journey is far from over. She really struggles with grief and guilt throughout the story, but it causes her to grow tremendously as a person. My connection with her deepened and I think that she is an amazing heroine. She is far from perfect but her flaws just make her more relatable. She has a lot of fear of what is to come in her future, but she just keeps moving forward, which I found very admirable. I can’t wait to see where her story goes in the final book.

Caden is just as swoonworthy as ever. The POV was split between him and Bree, which I loved. It was great to be inside of his head, and to see how he dealt with certain situations. For so many years he has hidden who he really is from almost everybody, but now you get to see his true potential. He has become the leader he was meant to be. He is a loyal, kind person and it is easy to root for him. His relationship with Bree is adorable. Once again the romance is pretty subtle, but really sweet. I love them together, and I’m excited to see where the relationship goes.

Riot of Storm and Smoke is an action-packed high fantasy story you won’t want to put down. I was lucky to be able to read this right after reading the first book, so everything that happened was fresh in my mind. The story picks up right where the last one ended, and I basically flew through the entire thing. The plot thickened and easily kept me interested. The character development was perfect, and I fell in love with each character even more. The world that Ellision created is so captivating and intriguing. I do wish that there had been a little bit more romance in the story, but what little there was was done really well. Once again, the ending was pretty brutal and I don’t know how I’m going to wait to read the next book. I would highly recommend this series to all young adult fantasy lovers.

Notable Scene:

I’m cut off when Meddie’s cry rips through the air.

With no words exchanged, Aleta and I correct our course and bolt toward the sound. My heart jumps from my chest to my ears as we whip past branches, sprint over turned out roots.

We roar into the camp to find Meddie pinned beneath a man whose knee crushes her elbow to the ground. Tregle battle one women and a man. He summons a fireball from the air around us and its extinguished quickly by dirt that jolts forward from the ground.

Threats of Sea and Sky Series:

0.5 Sisters of Wind and Flames

0.6 Defining Justice

1. Threats of Sky and Sea

2. Riot of Storm and Smoke

3. Fall of Thrones and Thorns (2016)

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FTC Advisory:  Jennifer Ellision provided me with a copy of Riots of Storm and Smoke.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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