Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Review: WICKED PATH & DEADLY DANCE (The Daath Chronicles Book 2 & 2.5) by Eliza Tilton

I only need three words to describe how amazing the Daath Chronicles book 2 (WICKED PATH) and 2.5 (DEADLY DANCE): I consumed them. As in, couldn't put them down. As in, ignored household chores and daydreamed about what would happen next between retail shifts and stayed up into the wee morning hours to finish them. They are that good!

I don't regret a moment of it.

I searched through my blog posts for the post where I'm sure I went on and on and on about how incredible book 1 was, and *gasp* I never wrote one. So you all get a triple whopper today!

What I love Most: The characters are so vivid, so genuine, so differently voiced. Anyone who reads a chapter of each of the POV characters will easily be able to pick any random page and know exactly who's narrating. Also, I love that all angles of the situations in these books are presented so that no characters are all good or all evil. Can you say #morallycomplicatedYA? There is understanding and stakes for all of them, even if the reader doesn't like a character, there is sympathy there.

Also: The unique, epic setting and world building is STUNNING!

You Should Read Them If: You love epic fantasy, multi-POV, and a well-developed world to fall in love with.

Eliza Tilton: Please write and edit quickly so I can get my hands on book 3 ASAP!

Now, onward to the specific reviews and blurbs for all three of the Daath Chronicles books currently available.


Blurb from Goodreads: Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn's golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino's world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won't fail again.

My review: It started out slow for me, but by the time I figured out how complex the characters were, and started rooting for each one (except Lucino's sister Lucy), I was hopelessly in love with the story. The racial tension and scattered foreshadowing lead me on with excitement and the ending felt satisfying despite the fact that it was the start of a series. I paid for this book after a friend mentioned it and multiple literary blogs raved about how awesome it was. I wasn't disappointed.


Blurb from Goodreads: In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she's forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

And his assistance comes with a price.

My review: I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. It's safe to say that I loved this book even more than the first one. I believe it comes from the varied settings. In book one, most of the journey takes place in a relatively similar setting, mostly forested or mountainous. But in book two, we see swamps, giant trees with cities inside them, a port town, the open sea and a small island, and more. Literally stunning world building. Top it off with the same #morallycomplexYA cast and you've got a heart-pounding, unimaginable plot that I couldn't put down, even though I needed desperately to sleep, to feed my family, to work, to write my own manuscript. I gobbled it up in less than weekend 36 hours which is unheard of in the month of December. This novel ranks in my top five favs of 2015. I'm so very, very excited for the final book to be released!


Blurb from Goodreads: Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn's mysterious disappearance, he's ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.

As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad's land and straight into war.

My review: Derrick is the humblest, most loyal player in this series, and he gets the worst end of the stick in the first two books. I was surprised not to have him come running back to help his ex-fiance or best friend in book two, and so happy that the novella Deadly Dance was written to let us know that he did in fact do this. The shift in both his character and Lucy's is refreshing and rounds out the plot for true fans of the Daath Chronicles such as myself.

Enough with my fangirling. Go buy these books by Eliza Tilton and check out the others in Curiosity Quills December Release Review Tour.


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