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|Rachel O'Laughlin, Writer Extrodinaire
Author Website: http://rachelolaughlin.com
Nine years and a thousand betrayals later, Kierstaz and Mikel again find themselves on the run—only this time, they’ve a boy in tow: Malcom, the son of two of the Seren rebellion’s strongest leaders. The new regime wants him dead, Mikel wants him alive, and it’s all Kierstaz can do to keep their tracks covered. Desperate to preserve the innocent life she swore to protect and the brother who has always stood by her, Kierstaz must gamble the last thing in the world she owns: her identity. Secrets are a staple of the Orion family, and those Kierstaz keeps are as dangerous as the ones kept from her.
KNIGHTS OF RILCH is the sequel to COLDNESS OF MAREK, and the second book in the SERENGARD Series.
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And now for my review:
This book is action packed and full of beautifully flawed characters who all think what they are doing is right. Even when it isn't. Everyone's motives are suspect. Rachel continues the political intrigue/drama of the first as well as adding the sword and sorcery that everyone loves.
The story of Mikel and Trzl continue and we get more of Mikel's sister, Keirstaz. I loved Keirstaz. She's strong, fierce, but still human. Despite being female, and a princess, she's not above kicking some ass and leaving bleeding bodies behind. Mikel and Trzl's relationship is still seriously messy and it is hard to tell whether one of them will end up dead (but that's what makes it fun!).
Her world continues to grow and the various factions, etc. are clear and well defined.
The story is well paced and she continues the technique of present day followed by flashback and then finishing up in present day. It's not easy to make this work, but I think she executes it flawlessly.
And now for a little secret. I told Rachel I had something I was going to reveal here that I didn't anywhere else.
And here it is...
It is entirely possible to read Knights before Coldness without any confusion. Not only that, but you could, theoretically, not read Coldness and still understand Knights. I don't see this as a bad thing, but quite the opposite. Too often in this world of sequels, the stories are so dependent on each other that they could almost be one book. In this case, each one of Rachel's novels has a clear story line that can easily be separated from the other. This doesn't mean that the stories aren't interwoven, but at the same time, they can stand on their own as a singular novels.
So, I give it a random number of bloody swords and decapitated bodies for being awesome. And we'll call it a day.
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