Judgement for the series is with this book. Can book two hold up my energy as book one did? Sure, three and four can still fail but direct sequels are always the hardest.
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That being said…
Sundered by Bethany Adams
Synopsis From The Book
A life in shambles
Lyr might be a powerful elven lord in charge of thousands, but his personal life is a disaster. Just the month before, a daughter he’d never known existed arrived from Earth, giving him news of his lost love’s death. Since then, he has been betrayed, captured, and almost murdered. And though his enemy was defeated, Lyr’s wounds never seem to heal. He certainly doesn’t need more conflict.
A perilous journey.
Amid the glittering perfection of Alfheim, Meli is a dismal failure. Haunted by visions of people and places she’s never seen, she struggles to find her place. So when her king orders her to lead and expedition to another world, Meli is caught between shock and terror. How can she navigate the Veil between worlds with no magic of her own? But with Algheim threatened by strange, dark energy, she has no choice.
A threat that spans worlds.
The last thing Lyr expects is the arrival of the Ljósálfar; the reclusive Norse elves of Alfeim. More surprising? One among them, Meli, is a possible soulbounded, a link he’d believed lost with his previous love. But wounded and besieged with problems on every side, he can’t let himself be distracted. Poisoned energy is flooding into the closely connected realms of the fae, causing sickness, and Lyr must rush to find the source of the threat. Only Moranaia remains untouched — leading Lyr to suspect one of his own people might be to blame.
Short Synopsis By Me
Can I do better than above? Probably not.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
After reading book one, I am thoroughly excited for this book. I want to know more on Ralan, Eri, and Lyr. Arlyn and Kai I care for, but I liked those three best. Will we learn more about the culture of their country versus other elven countries? Will we learn more about their world than the briefs we got in book one? I’m looking forward to it.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
It was a good sequel and I’m itching to read the third. Even though I knew that Meli was a reincarnation, that reveal hit me hard due to how the others reacted. We most certainly did get more information on the rest of the world, which was nice.
The fae worlds are dying and Meli had left Alfheim to seek out their Elven brethren for help. Meli is considered an undesirable, with no magic to her existence, that is until she is picked to lead the group to speak to their distant cousins. She discovers she has a gift for traveling in the Veil between the Fae worlds and Earth.
Not much time has passed for Lyre, Arlyn and Kai and the arrival of Meli and her group is surprising. The groups must navigate what the dark energy is doing to other Fae cultures, and how to help those of Alfheim. Additionally, Lyr must face what it means to be connected to Meli’s soul.
A few assassination attacks and fighting later. We discover Kai’s father is a Lord of the Sidhe (Another type of Fae), that Meli is the reincarnation of Lyr’s first love and Arlyn’s mother, and that Ralan’s powers seem to be acting oddly.
What I Liked:
The elaboration on the other types of Fae. Thus far other than the Moranaias we have the Ljósálfar and the Sidhe. The Moranaias are all about nature. Ljósálfar all about their towers and buildings. The Sidhe seem to be more violent. Each race is judgmental to the other with their own cultures that they abide by.
Language Barriers; We continue the trait of having barriers of language between the types of Fae. It makes sense. I appreciate it.
Time Barriers; Between Earth, and the different countries there are different time. I buy into this perfectly.
New characters that were introduced are interesting. The perspective shifts to them were nice.
The cringe lines of human words to Fae, is actually a bit hilarious in my opinion.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
The love between Lyr and Lei did seem really quick to me, but I understand it is a part of the bond. Still, I would like more time. Though, I suppose they are elves what does it matter to them?
Why You Should Read:
Its a good sequel to book 1, but leaves you wanting book 3. Would I say read the series on book 2 alone? Probably. Its pretty worth it.
Time Taken To Read
“Of course they did. Meli was coming to realize that Moranaians took their trees quite seriously.”