Hello everyone! How are you? Today I am back with a review for a book that was, in some ways, surprising. And it is also the first post I’ll write with the new editor so… If this is strange and different from the usual one well… I am sorry!
But before starting for good, I have to celebrate because I have now this amazing badge!!!! (Because people, let’s not forget: September is Self-Pub Fantasy Month!)
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Nightmare We Know
Series: The Dark Abyss of Our Sins #2
Author: Krista D. Ball
Page count: 374
Allegra had tried compromise and all she had to show for her work was a crater in the side of a mountain. She had tried peace, and that just made the rebellion worse. She had seen a demon with her very eyes, and that hadn’t been enough to move the cardinals into action. But despite all this, never had she thought they would try to murder her.
When General Bonacieux shows up at the Cathedral to demand she be turned over for public execution, the cardinals waver. Instead of submitting, Allegra declares her own war: freedom for all mages.
As new demon marks open on Orsini soil, Allegra takes a stand against the very people who gave her power. For as Captain Stanton Rainier said, they would only get her over his dead body.
So much for peace.
I have to say that I was a tad scared to start this one, because the first book was good, and I enjoyed it so much, but the main point of my enjoyment was the novelty of it all: I mean, for once we have an amazing MC, a noblewoman, whose best quality is that she manages to be amazing being exactly what she is supposed to be (and I know, it sounds a bit confusing, but maybe my review of the first book would help clear the air a bit). She is a kickass heroine, she was in the first book, and she is in this one. But she is kickass as a noblewoman, so she is good to be a political being (even if she has a temper, that’s for sure! But I won’t fault her for that, those suckers deserved it all, and more!), she is good at management, she knows who is who, and she knows how to use all the power that she gets. But she is not a swordswoman, she is not a warrior (if we think about the classic warrior), she is physically good, but she is not fit to live a soldier’s life, for example. She feels the strain of life, she is used to some commodities, for example, and even if she is not a brat or a pampered princess, she is a noblewoman and we really see that. And I loved it so much!
And I am so so glad to see all of that in this sequel, too.
But this is not the only good thing. Obviously. We have so many amazing characters in there! Lex and Dodd were as amazing as I remembered them, and I am so looking forward to the next book because it seems like we would see so much more of them around. And I cannot way!
And then we have the Pope. He is such an original character! I have to say that I appreciated him more in the first book, but he is a coherent character, and even if I was sort of disappointed in him in this one, I was expecting something like that. And ok, I was hoping for more from him, because come on! How can you??? We are speaking about Allegra here! And your husband! And the Captain! And the Consorts!! Oh, come on! (And yes, I know that you don’t know what I am speaking about, but there is a simple solution… go and read this series!!! Now!). But it was all so well done that it is just natural. And even if I was disappointed, I wasn’t so much, because nothing here is out of character.
The author has done an amazing job with all her characters. We get to meet them, and we become attached to most of them, because they all feel so real. And most of them are amazing people. I’d love to meet them for real! And yes, I am talking about the Captain, about Imogen (I hope I wrote it right!), about Father Michael, and many others.
Even if I think that the best feature of this book is the characters, it is not the only good thing in there. We have an intriguing plot, with action, mystery, politics, and relationship. And we have an interesting development on all the fronts. Also, I cannot way to read the sequel, because I need the mystery solved (yes, I am so so curious!), and I need to meet them all again.
I loved this book, and I don’t know if I managed to make it justice, but I really hope to at least have made you a little curious about this series, because it is good. And original. And compelling. And just so amazing! And fun. And moving. And much much more!
What about you? Have you read this series? Or have you read other books by this author? Let me know!