Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ARC Review: Rage of The Dragon King By J. Keller Ford

Rage of the Dragon King by J.Keller Ford
Publisher: Month9Books*
Release Date: October, 24th, 2017
Format: Egalley
Source: copy provided by publisher for review
My Rating: ★★

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from ARC may or may not be in the published edition.

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David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it's time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon's lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David's hometown of Havendale...and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He'd rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn't the sanctuary they'd hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can't prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.
I will try not to post spoilers for this book, but since this is a sequel to In The Shadow of the Dragon King there may be spoilers for the first book. So if you don't want to be spoiled, go read the first book and then come back here later. 

I really enjoyed the first novel in J. Keller Ford's FallHollow series, so I was pretty excited when I got the opportunity to read an ARC of the sequel which is publishing at the end of this month!! I'm really excited to see where this series will go and I'm not spoiling anything, but the ending of this book is insane! Like seriously I read it on a long car ride and I started freaking out and my boyfriend was like, "What are you yelling about?" This ending, dude, this ending!!

I think what makes me like this series so much is the world building. I think Ford does an amazing job of building the fantasy world of Fallhollow. The way she writes it just makes me see it so clearly in my mind. What's different about this book is that the heroes actually spend a good chunk of their time back in David's hometown as they have to hide there to escape from their enemies. We didn't get a lot of the modern world that David and Charlotte come from in the last book, but I thought it was interesting to see how much it troubled Eric. It really fascinated me when he totally could not understand how drive-thrus work!

I really love the characters in this novel! David is kind of sarcastic jerk, which is why I love him. In the first book I was kind of wondering what Charlotte's purpose in being in the story was because she just didn't seem that fleshed out. We get a lot more about Charlotte in this book, and I think she might be my favorite character now. I love that when David tries to be all macho protective with her, she stands up to him. I probably would do the same, and it really made me start to like her more. She has a backbone, and she's not going to let anyone stand in her way.

I feel very conflicted about Eric though. He was my least favorite character in the first novel, and in this second novel I'm just not sure how I feel about him. Sure he is going through an existential crisis having just found out who his father is and having been lied to his whole life, so I get why he's so conflicted. I'm just curious as to if we will ever find out why he hates mages so much. It's like every other chapter he mentioned how awful they are. I think there is a piece missing from his history about that. I'm also conflicted about him because the book couldn't really exist without him. Both him and David play major roles and they have to work together to defeat the Dragon King!

So I'm not 100% sure if there is going to be another book, because there is an insane battle at the end of this book. I just feel like there is a little bit more to this series. Seriously when I finished it, I was like, "Wait, that's the end?!?" It's doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, but it ends with a few things that need to be addressed. So I do really want to see another book from Ford!

If you love fantasy and books about evil dragons this one is for you! I also think if you are a fan of the Elder Scrolls video game series you will like this one. 

Happy Reads Everyone!