Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.
Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler’s and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.
Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️
*This review contains spoilers from both Reign of Shadows and Rise of Fire
Rise of Fire is the sequel to Reign of Shadows and, sadly, I was a bit disappointed by this final book in the duology.
Basically, this book picks up right where we left off in Reign of Shadows, with Fowler being taken underground by dwellers. At the very beginning, Luna is deciding whether or not to go under and save him or to live without him. She chooses to rescue him and they both escape together. Honestly, for me, the beginning had so much potential. I loved how it continued on from the cliff-hanger and we got to see and know more about the dwellers. Unfortunately, it went a bit down-hill from there…
Once Luna and Fowler make it to Lagonia, they are immediately mixed up with people that have hidden agendas and they are basically told to follow the rules no matter what. New characters are introduced in this book, first we have Princess Maris who has been betrothed to Fowler for a very long time and waiting her whole life to meet him. Then we have Prince Chasan who I really disliked in the beginning for his attitude, but I felt that he redeemed himself in the end.
I felt that both Maris and Chasan were thrown into the story to create an unnecessary love triangle (square, even?) that was extremely annoying. Maris was more like her father in the end…a person who hated not getting what they wanted. Chasan, on the other hand, was quite an interesting character. I didn’t like him in the beginning, because of his personality but, towards the end, he proved that he wasn’t like his father and decided to help Luna and Fowler escape the castle. I felt that he redeemed himself in the end.
Another big thing for me was the ending. Cullan, the King of Relhok, was built up as this big, bad guy who killed Luna’s parents and took over the kingdom. Once he finally showed up in the end, I was expecting a big fight between him, Luna and Fowler. Instead, the King of Relhok was killed within three really short chapters and it was all over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that Luna and Fowler get their happily ever after. I just hoped for a bigger face-off in the end, rather than the main conflict taking a backseat to everything else in this book.
All in all, I thought this book was ok. I find that the first book had a lot more action and purpose to it than the sequel. I’m glad I continued this duology just to see where Luna and Fowler ended up but, overall, if you read Reign of Shadows and didn’t really enjoy it then I wouldn’t bother with Rise of Fire.