Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles #2) by Amalie Howard. I share my review with you today, I really enjoyed this book. And there are two teaser images, an excerpt and a giveaway in this post as well.
Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.
But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.
To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.
And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.
Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:
“[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book.”—VOYA
“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed
“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink
This was a great read, and I’m sorry to see this series ending.
This book picks up about a year after book 1. General Riven is back in the Otherworld trying to track down her errant father before he can get up to more mischief and mayhem. Caden is on the throne back in Neospes so our couple is separated by loyalty and duty. However, old foes have arisen from the ashes and are attempting to destroy everything the king has been painstakingly rebuilding.
One of the things I enjoy most about this series is the superb tech – it’s creative, well developed and consistently built and described in a way that makes it understandable and credible. It’s more tech-heavy than most other books in this genre but I think that helps make it stand-out from the crowd. The worldbuilding, in general, is imaginative, well-thought-out, and well written.
I adore General Riven. She is one bad-ass ninjata-swinging cyborg warrior! She kicks some serious butt in this book and I loved all the action and fight scenes. Having indulged her human side in book 1, and fallen for Caden, she struggles at times to keep her emotions in check. Especially when she finds out what Caden has agreed with a neighboring nation in return for their help in defeating their enemies. I don’t think I would have liked Riven as a character if she didn’t have this softer, more emotional, more human side. She was well-rounded.
Caden is just, ah, swoon, a great guy! I love his confidence and his sacrifice and how much he loved Riven when she turned gung-ho. Rather than feeling inferior, as a lot of guys might, he thought it was hot!
It’s easy to tell from the title who the main villain is, so it was no surprise when he showed up seeking vengeance. Parts of the plot were predictable in that regard, however, as the story progressed more tension and suspense was added and it soon became difficult to tell who could be trusted.
The pacing was off at the start of the book and it was slow and dragged in parts. But the second half more than made up for that, and the action ramped up a notch or two. The last third was nailbiting and chock-full of ‘edge of the seat’ suspense and intrigue. Awesome!
I enjoyed the writing and it was well edited.
I was a little surprised when I got to the end to see that it appears to have concluded. I definitely think there was enough mileage to stretch to another book. I’m actually sad to say goodbye to Riven and Caden as I enjoyed their characters immensely. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi/dystopia/paranormal romance.
Thanks to the publicist and publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
As the last two people disappear behind Caden and his two Faction guards in a blue haze, I take a breath and hit the coordinates on the keypad.
Era’s eyes meet mine. Even in a wheelchair she still looks fierce. “Remember your promise.”
I’m not sure whether she means my promise to not get in the way or my promise to defend Neospes with my life. Maybe they’re one and the same. “I remember.”
I hit ENTER.
The wind sucks at my gut, pulling me in toward my belly-button as if every part of my body is dissolving and coalescing into that one point. I keep my eyes open for as long as possible, watching time elongate on all sides before the wormhole breaks me into a million pieces. The nanobes harden around my cells, making them impervious to the gravitational changes in pressure. For a second, I feel invincible.
At the midpoint of the transition, all is silent, like being in the center of a storm before things start picking up. I’m snapped back together again, disparate cells rushing together toward the whole. As I exit the jump, everything explodes into motion at once.
Voices are coming at me from every direction—screaming and yelling. My ninjatas are out of their harness and in my hands before I can blink. The hot glint of metal reflects o the bodies surrounding us, the sour scent of rotting flesh filling the air. Reptiles—hundreds of them.
About the Author:
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.
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