Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Review: Charmed Vengeance (Aether Chronicles #2) by Suzanne Lazear
Barnes and Noble
In the Faerie realm, Noli Braddock's relationship with her best friend V has grown into something more. But V's mother, Faerie Queen Tiana, has ruled that they are forbidden to see each other. Returning to the mortal realm, Noli joins the crew of her brother's air-pirate ship, the Vixen's Revenge. There she discovers that her brother has hired the scallywag Faerie huntsman, Kevighn Silver. While serving as shipmates, Kevighn and Noli learn that the Earth Court King plans to find a forbidden artifact--one that will bring destruction to everyone Noli loves.
My Rating: 5
Fans of Innocent Darkness will definitely not be disappointed by Charmed Vengeance, which - in my opinion - is actually better than the first. Lazear is just continuing to improve the Aether Chronicles, and I am excited to follow the rest of the series.
Charmed Vengeance still explores all of the characters of the debut novel, while diving deeper into their stories and testing them in new situations. New characters - like Jeff and the other air pirates - are added, and their development is excellent. Noli continues to be an excellent protagonist, and her personal plot and conflict kept intrigue the entire time.
Innocent Darkness read as almost three separate parts, but Charmed Vengeance manages to keep a more consistent plot that is still refreshingly interesting. From the very first page, the novel is an attention-grabber. I did not find any slow portions during the read.
The air pirates were definitely a welcome to read about. I remember hearing the idea in Innocent Darkness and instantly wanting to know more about them. The airships were exactly the kind of the steampunk that I was looking for in the novel. The adventure that followed them was my favorite part of reading.
The Aether Chronicles just keeps getting better and better, and Charmed Vengeance is a must-read. Enchanting and action packed, readers will continue to fall for the series, unable to put it down.
Charmed Vengeance is released tomorrow, August 8th!