Second book review for today, and second book in this series. One more book review incoming!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Harbringer by Nicole Conway
Synopsis From The Book
Victory is written in the blood of the brave.
As the armies of the Tibran Empire continue to march across Maldobar, a path of scorched destruction and despair is left in their wake. Even with the formidable princess, Jenna Farrow, leading the charge, the strength of the dragonriders is waning. Tibran victory appears inevitable–especially after Princess Jenna and Prince Aubren are taken hostage by the infamous Lord Argonox. Separated from her brother and tortured for information, Princess Jenna refuses to bend to the iron will of Argonox. But her strength and resolve may only last so long. Held prisoner in his dark tower, it would take a miracle to set her free–or perhaps a pair of demigods and their dragons.
With revived dragonrider legend, Jaevid Broadfeather, at his side, Reigh must now make a choice: face the truth about the origin of his dark powers, or turn his back on world in need. But throwing off a lifetime of shame and self-doubt is not so easily done–especially when the cost of failure means the destruction of the world. The long-awaited hero has awakened. The ancient spirits are stirring. The dark goddess has chosen her champion. But is he ready to embrace that rite and become the Harbinger Maldobar needs him to be?
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Alright, diving into book 2. I know that I’m going to be left with an odd cliff hanger. I didn’t get book three, because I forgot it was out. If I said I was holding on to reading this series until most of the books were out, would you blame me? No? Good, because that’s what I typically do. Regardless, I only have book two. So with this I must steady myself for a good old fashioned cliff hanger.
Quick edit: Looks like there are three parts to this book. Two for Jenna and one for Reigh. I really hope that I like Jenna’s parts, because I am already heavily invested in Reigh. I’m worried I may grow irritated with her lol. We will see.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Soooo. Yeah. Somehow I was an idiot, and thought this series had four books like the original series. I was wrong. It’s only three. I should have bought the last book! What have I done! Also, I love Jenna. Please protect her at all costs. Please. Also Jaevid is just as I remembered him, and in all my heart I hope he survives the last book. Please. Please. Please.
I’m too invested in this series. Maybe I should just cut reading cold turkey, my goodness.
Part 1: Jenna
Jenna and her brother are dealing with the aftermath of the battle that Reigh decimated. She is being flirted to by Phillip and is avoiding his advances. One night another fight breaks out with the enemy army. Jenna and her dragonriders fight. One loses his dragon, and Jenna is nearly eaten by a massive demon beast. She kills it and then goes to kill its master. She nearly dies but Phillip saves her and with the last of her strength she kills the woman. She and Phillip are taken. She is taken to the enemy emperor, and finds out that her brother was there as well. He admits to having made a deal to try to awaken Jaevid to sell him to the emperor, and now the emperor is looking for Reigh. They need a miracle.
Part 2: Reigh
We pick up where book 1 left off. Jaevid and Reigh are with the King and Queen of the Elves. Jaevid admits that he has no memories of the past, or rather limited ones that he does not understand. Hecate lies for Reigh, and he is pardoned. Back at his house, Enyo tells Reigh that she loves him, and he accepts her. After a nights sleep Jaevid remembers a bit more of his past and reveals many of Reigh’s truths. 1. That he is the inheritor for the god of death’s will. 2. That he needs to learn his power. 3. That Hecate needs to learn hers if they want to succeed. Jaevin also knows that 4, Reigh’s siblings are captured and they need to save them. When training Hecate, Reigh is knocked out and learns the final truths that 5. Noh was his brother and had to die to become the protector of the Vale, sharing a body with Reigh. Reigh had killed him in the womb, and their mother, which is why their father abandoned them. Jaevid and Reigh leave the city to return to the world of humans and the war. As they do, they come to an outpost and make a plan of how to sneak into the enemy strong hold to save the siblings.
Part 3: Jenna
Jenna is rescued (we cut right to it) along with Phillip. However in the escape, Reigh splits off to find Aubren. Jaevid, Phillip, and Jenna escape. And Jaevid heals a lot of people. He heals Phillip who was mutated, or at least as much as he could, and Jenna and Phillip talk. Every gets a few days of reprieve and then the army comes again this time led by a mysterious rider and Aubren who is definitely changed now.
What I Liked:
Phillip; my mannnn. Your confidence my dude. Phillip got me. When I first was introduced to him in book one I was like, okay. He’s cool, I guess. However his oozing confidence and declarations of love for Jenna were just the best. As is the fact that he meant every single one. He loves her, dragonrider, princess, warrior, girl. All of her multiple identities? He loves her for them. Her harden warrior body? Adores her for the fact that she followed her passion. He wants her to be queen because she would be amazing at it, but not if that means giving up who she is. And I love that. I love him. He’s great. Then he is mutated and nearly drove mad, and Jenna (in her confinement) realizes that she can’t lose him. His arc is turning out so well. I can’t wait to see where he goes in book three.
Enyo; Enyo has had a lot of growth and my girl is a fire of passion raging to keep Reigh from pushing her away. She loves him and accepts him, and I admire her for it. He’s your typical bad boy, but at the same time she knows that he’s dangerous (as the literal embodiment of death) and loves him anyway. Props to her. She’s good in my book.
Tibrans culture; I really need more of this empire that collects lands and slaves. But from what I got, I do like the dynamics that I have been seeing.
Argonox; As a villain I want more of him, but what I’ve gotten of him is entertaining, IMO.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More Reigh, I do like him more as a MC then Jenna.