[Review] Shadow of Flame

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Title: Shadow of Flame

Series: Dragonsworn #2

Author: Caitlyn McFarland

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publishing: September 14, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

It's been two months since Kai Monahan's life changed forever. Retrieved from a suddenly unsafe Colorado by Rhys and taken to Eryri, the dragons' home in the South Pacific, she lives a secret existence. Rhys—for all his awe-inspiring power—is afraid to reveal to his people that he's heartsworn to a human. One he's quite possibly in love with.

Kai hasn't forgotten the terror or pain of the moment Rhys first took control of her mind and her magic, but neither has she forgotten the fire of his kiss. When she's discovered, dragon politics—not to mention spies and ex-lovers—threaten her growing feelings. Rhys has more enemies than he can guess, and someone close to him is playing right into their hands.

The war Rhys never wanted is coming. For either of them to survive, Kai must open her mind to him as never before. This time, there will be no turning back. 
It's been two freaking months of a wait for this book, damn it. I was so happy to have seen this on NetGalley, and I nearly jumped out of my chair and squealed with glee (I would have if I wasn't at work). As the second installment in Dragonsworn, Shadow of Flame definitely does not disappoint. I have a thing with sequels, as they tend to not be as good as the first. Though with that said, it still wasn't but came very close to being just as good.

Much like Soul of Smoke, everything flowed very smoothly. Nothing was too fast or too slow, and things connected as they should. Ms. McFarland knows exactly how to keep her readers guessing when it came to the subtle mystery behind everything that happens in Shadow of Flame. It was really great to read about the dragons again, I was starting to have major withdrawals. The whole idea and concept of these dragons is greatly thought out with everything making sense. It just sucks that dragons are bound by their heartsworn and don't get a say in their binding. 

As for the character relationships, I really do love the whole Kai and Rhys thing. Unlike the whole insta-love type of relationship that is found in a majority of books nowadays, I really respect and admire an author who can perfectly execute a timespan for characters and when they come into recognizing their feelings for each other, if at all. It's even more astonishing how real the relationship between Kai and Rhys is -- no one just outright trusts someone with everything they are, it takes time and proof that the other person/being is as they say they are. My next favorite relationship is obviously Juli and Ashem. They're so cute it's insane. But, let's not forget that unbreakable bond between Kai and Juli. I really love friendships that strong where they would do anything for each other, and be the one to help the other through the hardest times in their life. 

The plot was greatly planned out with mysteries on how the characters got to where they are and why. The writing itself was also good, not once letting me go enough to take a breather (nope, I had to keep reading). The ending itself had a great cliffhanger, and I really cannot wait to read more. I need to know what happens next. Sunder me. 

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