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Review of Phoenix Rising by Jason K. Lewis

Review of Phoenix Rising by Jason K. LewisPhoenix Rising by Jason K. Lewis
Series: The Adarna Chronicles #2
on 2014-08-05
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Pages: 155

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The Twelfth legion are no more. Fifty one innocent men lie dead on the unforgiving flagstones of the capital.

Accused of insubordination, Conlan Danson's fate hangs in the balance. He will live or die on the whim of an aristocrat he neither knows nor trusts.

Republic. The rumour is growing in the streets and alleys of the capital. Many say that only one man can save them... Martius.

Meanwhile, dark forces are rising in the capital... A self-proclaimed prophet preaches the return of the Gods and the doom of all. A paranoid and erratic Emperor sits on the throne.
And in the south, hidden from all, a great enemy rises...

The second book in the Adarna Chronicles, Phoenix Rising is an action packed fantasy set in a world of epic grandeur and political intrigue. It follows the fate of the Empire through the eyes of those who could ultimately save it, or doom it to destruction.

So I’m really starting to get into this series. I was pleasantly surprised by the first book, and I was even more surprised by this one. I thought for sure my attention would wane, but it doubly captivated me.

The characters are developing nicely. I’m still loving Martius and this book gave me a closer look at him, his family, his beliefs, and his morals. He’s definitely outpacing Conlan now. There’s something charming about him that I find irresistible. That’s not to say I’m falling out of love with Conlan. He too has captured my interest. I’m looking forward to seeing Martius and Conlan work together. They play off each other nicely.

The world isn’t complicated, nor is it boring—at least, in my opinion. It has a subtle Roman-esk type feel that I’m enjoying. I like the grandness of it all while still staying close to our characters, which is something that means a lot to me since I’m more of a character reader.

I’m surprised by how fast the plot seems to be moving for such a short book. The first one gifted us a solid ground layer and now this one is taking off. I can see the overall plot forming and I’m intrigued. There’s a lot of questions already and the tiny morsels of explanation keeps me plunging forward along with the story.

I’ll add that this book seemed to be a bit more even paced; more action scenes, and just overall more rounded than book one. Delightful!

Once again, the writing—for me—was smooth and engaging. I blew through this and immediately wanted the third book, which unfortunately is not published yet (tbr October). Again, there was a cliff hanger at the end and I’m assuming this will be a trademark for the series. I don’t mind it. I personally like cliff hangers, so I put this book down with a delightful frustrating sigh.

My only complaint was Conlan’s internal thoughts in the beginning when he was meeting with Martius got a tad bit repetitive. It didn’t last long and ended before I could become disenchanted with the book.

Overall, I think these are great, quick reads I can sneak in for a bit of light, incredibly enjoyable reading. I’m looking forward—impatiently I might add—to book 3.

About Jason K. Lewis

Jason K. Lewis lives in Britain with his wife and young son. He spent his childhood glued to books by authors such as David Gemmell, Stephen Donaldson, Julian May, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin and J.R.R.Tolkien. He is the author of several novels and short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres, including the science fiction Novelette ‘Paradise’ and the fantasy ‘Empire under siege’ which is the first book in the epic ‘Adarna chronicles’.

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