The Children and the Blood #2
Release Date: July 27, 2013
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Source: I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review
The war isn't over.
And new enemies await.
Life on the run hasn't been easy, but so far, Ashe has survived. But now Carter has ordered her to leave the Hunters and find her family's people – an order she can't refuse, no matter how much she wants to stay.
Following his command will bring her into an unknown world, however – a world filled with new enemies and old prejudices that will demand more of her than she can imagine, at a cost higher than she'll ever be willing to pay.
I read and reviewed The Children and the Blood back in July and I loved it. If you missed my review, you can read it here.
Taliesin Ascendant is a thrilling follow up to The Children and the Blood. It's one of those books you want to race through because you have to know what happens next, but you can't race through because the words are so lovely, you don't want to miss anything.
Taliesin Ascendant picks up where The Children and the Blood left off. Ashe continues her quest to find the Merlins in order to fulfill her promise to Carter - telling the Merlins that the Blood do exist. However, finding the Merlins puts Ashe on a path she'd never expected.
Cole and Lily try to keep moving in order to evade the Taliesins and the Bloods. Unfortunately, they happen upon a fringe family of Merlins. They are held against their will and while there, they have revelation upon revelation about each of their families and the history of the war between the Merlins and the Taliesins.
The war between the Merlins and the Taliesins is escalating. But as these two groups fight for dominance and power, they have no idea there is another threat to them both - and it's stronger than they can imagine. Ashe, Cole and Lily all have integral roles in this war, and they aren't sure whom to trust. Seriously, I didn't know who to trust and as Ashe did, I misjudged a few people.
Taliesin Ascendant is equally as pulse-pounding as The Children and the Blood. I felt there was fantastic character development combined with the spine-tingling suspense and action. Oh, all the intrigue! Megan Joel Peterson did a phenomenal job of keeping me in the dark about the direction of the plot. The new players introduced and the further questions which arose really created a pulse-pounding story that I was completely immersed in.
This is such a brilliant story! There's action, tension, suspense, magic, intrigue, betrayal, mystery - and no romance. ;) (I know you're shocked but none so far) Megan Joel Peterson weaves all these elements together for a fascinating, adrenaline pumping story. I'm thrilled my wait for the next installment isn't long. For although some questions were answered, many more arose. And I am anxious to know what happens next!
Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for.