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Not three months ago, I’d been a daughter of the Ice Crown, the lands of snow and ice. Everything I had, everything I was, existed in a tiny world of its own, a single snowflake in a snowstorm. And then, like a candle blown out by careless lips, all of it had been extinguished in an instant. The kingdom is under threat. A secret, desperate plot to change the course of Not three months ago, I’d been a daughter of the Ice Crown, the lands of snow and ice. Everything I had, everything I was, existed in a tiny world of its own, a single snowflake in a snowstorm. And then, like a candle blown out by careless lips, all of it had been extinguished in an instant. The kingdom is under threat. A secret, desperate plot to change the course of history has been hatched in dark rooms. Aeryn, a young student war mage from an isolated land of ice, has the powerful gift of fire. To save her world, she must draw around her a small group of fellow mages and allies at Windhall University. At her side is the beautiful healer in training, Lyse, who holds her heart. In front of her is nothing but questions, fears, and impossible decisions. Conspirators are everywhere, shifting shadows that she can barely see. The longer it takes for Aeryn to find the answers, the more people will die. Her choices might cost her everything. Does she have the strength to do what needs to be done? Can Aeryn protect a kingdom she may not even want to save? This thrilling sequel to Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark offers a fast-paced, captivating conclusion to the Destiny and Darkness series, a fantasy novel for young and old.


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Not three months ago, I’d been a daughter of the Ice Crown, the lands of snow and ice. Everything I had, everything I was, existed in a tiny world of its own, a single snowflake in a snowstorm. And then, like a candle blown out by careless lips, all of it had been extinguished in an instant. The kingdom is under threat. A secret, desperate plot to change the course of Not three months ago, I’d been a daughter of the Ice Crown, the lands of snow and ice. Everything I had, everything I was, existed in a tiny world of its own, a single snowflake in a snowstorm. And then, like a candle blown out by careless lips, all of it had been extinguished in an instant. The kingdom is under threat. A secret, desperate plot to change the course of history has been hatched in dark rooms. Aeryn, a young student war mage from an isolated land of ice, has the powerful gift of fire. To save her world, she must draw around her a small group of fellow mages and allies at Windhall University. At her side is the beautiful healer in training, Lyse, who holds her heart. In front of her is nothing but questions, fears, and impossible decisions. Conspirators are everywhere, shifting shadows that she can barely see. The longer it takes for Aeryn to find the answers, the more people will die. Her choices might cost her everything. Does she have the strength to do what needs to be done? Can Aeryn protect a kingdom she may not even want to save? This thrilling sequel to Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark offers a fast-paced, captivating conclusion to the Destiny and Darkness series, a fantasy novel for young and old.

30 review for Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.75 Stars. I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this more than book one. This is book two in the Destiny and Darkness series. I do have to say that I still wish that this story had not been broken up into two books. I think my overall enjoyment would have been higher had I read it as one continuous book. Book one was about setting the storyline up where this book had all the action so they were not really balanced on their own. But now that both books are out, anyone can read them right in a row so 3.75 Stars. I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this more than book one. This is book two in the Destiny and Darkness series. I do have to say that I still wish that this story had not been broken up into two books. I think my overall enjoyment would have been higher had I read it as one continuous book. Book one was about setting the storyline up where this book had all the action so they were not really balanced on their own. But now that both books are out, anyone can read them right in a row so it helps that issue. Considering these books are two parts of one whole, this series has to be read in order. It’s hard to write a summary about a sequel without giving spoilers away for people who might not have read the first book so I will skip that. I will mention that some people have said this series is slightly Harry Potter-ish but with knights and kings. I do see that. I was going to mention that this feels a bit darker than Harry but I was just re-watching some of the movies last weekend and Harry can be a little dark at times too. I do think if you like the whole young adults in school with magic, chances are you will enjoy this too. One of my main complaints from book one besides the short length, was that the main character was way too passive for me. While she was still a bit passive in the beginning on this book, I could see her growth as I read on. She didn’t always make smart decisions but at least she made her own decisions. I still don’t think overall she is as strong as I would like. I love kickass women in fantasy, so I have hopes she will keep growing and keep evolving. There is more of a romance in this book than book one. It is very PG and light but it is sweet and there was even a slight triangle there to give the relationship a little conflict for a minute. Normally, I’m not a love triangle fan but it happens so rarely in lesfic that I will take the change of pace. There is going to be a book three. While this book ended on a “to be continued”, I would not actually call it a cliffhanger. There is some threads left open, but it is to make you want to read the next installment. The main storyline is thankfully wrapped up. I thought it was a good place to end and a much better place to end than the last book. Now that both books are out and this main story is complete, I feel more comfortable about recommending this series. If you like YA, magic, and fantasy that is very readable, chances are you will enjoy this story. A copy was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Dark. I was not prepared for just how dark this series would get. And I loved every minute of it. This is the second installment in the 'Destiny and Darkness' series. In book one we were introduced to the upstart pyromancer, Aeryn. She found herself away from home and studying to become a war mage in Kings City, fell for a girl who is bonded to another, and on the cusp of revenge toward those who attacked her Ice Crown village. Things begin exactly where readers were left hanging at the end of Dark. I was not prepared for just how dark this series would get. And I loved every minute of it. This is the second installment in the 'Destiny and Darkness' series. In book one we were introduced to the upstart pyromancer, Aeryn. She found herself away from home and studying to become a war mage in Kings City, fell for a girl who is bonded to another, and on the cusp of revenge toward those who attacked her Ice Crown village. Things begin exactly where readers were left hanging at the end of book one. So we are quickly rewarded with the resolution/answer we eagerly waited a month for. But then the story takes off and keeps you turning pages beyond the length of your lunch break and bed time. I would not recommend that readers start off with this one. There is a lot of world building and character introduction in the first one that I think would have readers a little confused or feeling left out. Like many reviewers have already said, the first two books would have benefited from being combined. I think I like this so much because it is a fantasy book that I can actually follow along with. It isn't my preferred genre but I can't help but be enthralled and totally engaged in everything going on. It is exciting, mysterious, suspenseful, fantastical, magical, dark, and just plain good. Easy to follow and get lost in. I generally read books for the romance. It wouldn't be a true young adult series without a love triangle, right? We get a bit of one here. I was just recently thinking about how we don't see the that trope very often in lesbian fiction. Then voila! The universe was listening. The side characters play a bigger role in part two and they are all really growing on me. I was sad that Sir Idris did not grace the pages often. He was one of my favorites from book one. The second half really went bonkers. Like 'what the hell is happening?!' crazy. Dark and deadly. I was so happy that the book went there. Everything is more exciting when people are dying as a result of forbidden dark magic. It's hard to review this without spoiling everything. So I'll just leave it here and say "read this series!" I recommend to anyone who likes exciting stories, great characters, fantasy, magic, young love, great climactic endings... and cliffhangers. I received an ARC from YLVA Publishing for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Karen Frost is going to make me like fantasy stories if she keeps this up. Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising , the second book in the Destiny and Darkness series is definitely action packed. The second book begins where the first book in the series, Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark left off. Aeryn, a young war mage-in-training, Lyse, a healer-in-training mage who Aeryn is attracted to, and several of her fellow students are facing grave danger as they discover a threat to the Karen Frost is going to make me like fantasy stories if she keeps this up. Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising , the second book in the Destiny and Darkness series is definitely action packed. The second book begins where the first book in the series, Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark left off. Aeryn, a young war mage-in-training, Lyse, a healer-in-training mage who Aeryn is attracted to, and several of her fellow students are facing grave danger as they discover a threat to the kingdom. The danger increases as they discover more and more of the evil plot and who is involved. Aeryn must eventually decide what she is willing to sacrifice to save a kingdom she doesn’t really feel a part of. The first book in this series really was the world building part of the story. This book is where the action takes place, and there is a lot of action. This tale has intrigue, betrayal, conspiracy, and murder. There is also friendship, love, heroism, and sacrifice. In other words, you have all the elements of a fantastic story. This is not a standalone novel. You really need to read both books in the series to understand and enjoy the overall story. Both novels are worth reading. I marked this as a young adult book, but I can tell you honestly that this (mumble, mumble) year old enjoyed the novel just as much as any of you young whipper snappers will, so don’t take that designation to heart. This is a story for all ages. Now, get off my lawn and go read these books. I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    As I was hoping, the first book, Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark, was setting the scene and this one is where the action really takes place. Yet not all the action since it, once again, ends on a cliffhanger, although it’s a lot less frustrating than the end of book 1. Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising starts where the previous book ended, with Lyse restraining Aeryn, preventing her from attacking the ambassador of the people she holds responsible for her family’s death. There’s a As I was hoping, the first book, Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark, was setting the scene and this one is where the action really takes place. Yet not all the action since it, once again, ends on a cliffhanger, although it’s a lot less frustrating than the end of book 1. Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising starts where the previous book ended, with Lyse restraining Aeryn, preventing her from attacking the ambassador of the people she holds responsible for her family’s death. There’s a lot Aeryn doesn’t know, and Lyse shares her theory with her on what really happened. At the same time, the two students keep investigating the unexplained disappearances throughout King’s City. While doing so, they meet Lady Asher, a young knight, whose interest in Aeryn displeases Lyse. Aeryn and Lyse try to navigate their feelings for each other, despite Lyse being bonded to Timo. If that wasn’t enough, a Dark mages conspiracy seems more and more plausible, and the little group of students at Windhall University might be the only ones able to fight it. There’s a lot of action and growth and excitement happening in this second book and it all makes for a very enjoyable read, even though I couldn’t shake the Harry Potter feel. Some scenes drag on a little, which messes with the otherwise fast-paced rythm, usually when the heroine is overwhelmed. That said, who wouldn’t feel overwhelmed in her place? Aeryn is the perfect YA heroine, in that she’s responsible and earnest, and sometimes unyielding. She’s arrogant in that way only gifted teenagers can get away with. Lyse is also becoming an interesting character. She’s much stronger than she lets on and I hope we’ll get to see more of that side of her in future instalments. I enjoyed this book more than the first one, and am looking forward to the next one, hoping I’ll like it even more. I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    If you're looking for the lesbian version of Harry Potter, look no further! Frost's first installment Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark really caught my attention, but frustrated me a bit with the ending. The story felt half done and cut up in a strange place. With this novel, the story feels much, much more complete and it's a winner! I mentioned Harry Potter earlier, and it really does feel very similar. In this story you have magical mages learning to control their magic in a school, If you're looking for the lesbian version of Harry Potter, look no further! Frost's first installment Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark really caught my attention, but frustrated me a bit with the ending. The story felt half done and cut up in a strange place. With this novel, the story feels much, much more complete and it's a winner! I mentioned Harry Potter earlier, and it really does feel very similar. In this story you have magical mages learning to control their magic in a school, evil powers on the attack, and a wonderful backstory. It really did feel like the lesbian version of HP to me in a number of ways. The story got a little bit darker with this novel than in the first, but I enjoyed that and hope that the students mature even more in the next book and that it gets darker still. MC Aeryn is coming into her own, although she still feels quite young to me in this read. MC Lyse is also becoming more and more interesting and really strengthening as a character as well. I'm really interested to see how they both develop! If you're coming into this thinking you can skip book 1, think again. It may be possible, but you'd really be missing out on a whole lot of back story. Do yourself a favor and start with book 1 first, then head straight into this one. I do want to mention that while this story is complete and not a cliffhanger in any way, Frost leaves it open for this to turn into a series and hints at a book 3. Personally, I can't wait. Solid 4 stars. **Many thanks to Ylva for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

  6. 5 out of 5

    Della

    Author Karen Frost has hit her stride in Book 2 of the Daughter of Fire series. The Darkness Rising is smoothly written, balancing just the right amounts of narrative and description while pairing it with an exciting adventure. This is Fantasy writing at its best! Aeryn,the War Mage, is continuing to study and improve her powers at Windhall University outside King’s City. She has become friends with fellow mage students as well as continuing her close ties to Lyse, who is a healer in training and Author Karen Frost has hit her stride in Book 2 of the Daughter of Fire series. The Darkness Rising is smoothly written, balancing just the right amounts of narrative and description while pairing it with an exciting adventure. This is Fantasy writing at its best! Aeryn,the War Mage, is continuing to study and improve her powers at Windhall University outside King’s City. She has become friends with fellow mage students as well as continuing her close ties to Lyse, who is a healer in training and the girl who captured her heart. Aeryn with Lyse are searching for the reason why random people are disappearing from King’s City, never to be seen again. As they investigate Aeryn unearths a sinister plot which may change her world forever. This is definitely a page turner. Needless to say, sleep was lost and I am behind in my chores. I must mention again the balance I found in the writing of The Darknesses Rising. The personal turmoil of Aeryn’s was evenly dealt with as the mystery unfolds. I personally loved all the beautiful names of characters and place settings. They were easy to read and sound out. When spoken aloud they rolled off the tongue. I am so excited to see Aeryn’s adventure does not end with this book. The question of what comes next will keep me wondering for a long time. 5⭐️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Corgel

    This was a great read, especially if you pair it with book one. While I still think that the narrative would work better if book one and two were put together as one book, and the third starts the new arc being set up in this book. This book starts right after the first, with almost no exposition to help new readers along. The pace of this book compared to the last one is almost blazingly fast, as the events start piling up. So many of the events in the first book have their conclusion in this This was a great read, especially if you pair it with book one. While I still think that the narrative would work better if book one and two were put together as one book, and the third starts the new arc being set up in this book. This book starts right after the first, with almost no exposition to help new readers along. The pace of this book compared to the last one is almost blazingly fast, as the events start piling up. So many of the events in the first book have their conclusion in this one, so that if you didn't read the first one recently, it would be difficult to keep up here. This doesn't take away from how richly detailed this world is, and how well Frost balances world building with the action. Her characters are amazing, and while Aeryn still feels slightly overwhelmed at times, she's come into her own, and has become the character I saw the potential in in the first book. I love that everything seems so new to her (because it mostly is, being from such an isolated area), yet she still sees things that helps her in later portions of the book. Also, that Aeryn is a huge mush for her crush, Lyse just makes me grin. While I believe that these first two books should be best viewed as one book - I love that this YA fantasy is as well developed as it is. It also has an ominous hook at the end that will all but guarantee fans eagerness to read book three. It didn't need to be that heavy handed, because I will read the next one - can't wait to see what is in store for Aeryn and company. Thanks to YLVA for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sascha Broich

    *ARC from Ylva for review* The second book continues where the first so unexpectedly ended. Aeryn learns some more about the disappearances that have her concerned. She meets the knight Asher. She was a squire to Idras, who Aeryn met in the first book. Asher supports her search and at the same time ignites jealousy in Lyse. Unexpected for Aeryn she also gets support from almost all of her fellow students. Together they unravel the mystery of the dark magic users behind the kidnappings. And step *ARC from Ylva for review* The second book continues where the first so unexpectedly ended. Aeryn learns some more about the disappearances that have her concerned. She meets the knight Asher. She was a squire to Idras, who Aeryn met in the first book. Asher supports her search and at the same time ignites jealousy in Lyse. Unexpected for Aeryn she also gets support from almost all of her fellow students. Together they unravel the mystery of the dark magic users behind the kidnappings. And step right into an conspiracy to overthrow the king. And so the second half of the book has some heavy use of magic and fighting going on. I have only one major and two minor complaints. The major is about the magic bond. First it is "unbreakable" and then it can "unravel" and later be broken accidentally. That's not very consistent. Minor complaints are: the plot around Lyse and Timo, which should have had way more flesh to it, and then that the suspects are the culprits, no plot twist or character depth there. So overall a solid continuation of book one, with more interaction between the students and way more action overall. And the question remains: what's laying in wait for Aeryn & Co. in the next book?

  9. 5 out of 5

    MiskaCZ

    An ARC copy was given to me by YLVA for a honest review. I must confess that I liked this book more than the first one. The story about Aeryn and Lyse progress and I confess that I couldnt lay this book away. The story continues with conspiracy against the king and goes on with fighting for against powerful enemy. I really liked the developing of both characters and I really looking forward to read more of the story. I have only small wish to know more about the other characters Pavo, Gamiel, An ARC copy was given to me by YLVA for a honest review. I must confess that I liked this book more than the first one. The story about Aeryn and Lyse progress and I confess that I couldn´t lay this book away. The story continues with conspiracy against the king and goes on with fighting for against powerful enemy. I really liked the developing of both characters and I really looking forward to read more of the story. I have only small wish to know more about the other characters Pavo, Gamiel, Kjelborn etc.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    Recensione su Book Lover All'inizio pensavo che questa fosse una duologia, quindi ero abbastanza confusa dal finale, ma poi ho letto che ci sarà un terzo volume. Quando, non lo so, ma dovrò assolutamente leggerlo. Aeryn continua ad indagare sulle persone scomparse nella città. Questa volta, però, oltre che da Lyse si fa aiutare anche da da altri personaggi. Continuando a scavare, però, trovano le radici di una cospirazione che potrebbe distruggere il regno. Parallela a questa linea avventurosa c'è Recensione su Book Lover All'inizio pensavo che questa fosse una duologia, quindi ero abbastanza confusa dal finale, ma poi ho letto che ci sarà un terzo volume. Quando, non lo so, ma dovrò assolutamente leggerlo. Aeryn continua ad indagare sulle persone scomparse nella città. Questa volta, però, oltre che da Lyse si fa aiutare anche da da altri personaggi. Continuando a scavare, però, trovano le radici di una cospirazione che potrebbe distruggere il regno. Parallela a questa linea avventurosa c'è anche quella amorosa: Aeryn e Lyse cercano di entrare a patti con i sentimenti che provano l'una per l'altra, che potrebbero cambiare le dinamiche che stanno loro attorno. In poche pagine succede di tutto, cospirazioni, scontri, spionaggio. Sono sorpresa che la Frost sia riuscita a mettere tutto quanto senza farlo sembrare affrettato. Questo secondo volume è molto più serio e dark del precedente, una cosa che sinceramente non mi aspettavo ma che mi ha lasciata felicemente sorpresa. Alcune cose sono forse un po' ovvie fin dal primo libro, ma per il resto è una storia che si fa leggere. Forse la cosa che amo di più è il modo in cui viene usata la magia, come viene messa in delle "scatole" a seconda di ciò che si controlla e come l'autrice mostra, in The Darkness Rising, che invece i personaggi possono usarla come meglio credono (c'è una particolare scena con Pavo che è interessantissima da questo punto di vista). E, come ho già accennato, la parte dark di questo libro fa interessare ancora di più il lettore alla storia. Forse è un po' troppo ovvio chi siano i cattivi, ecco, ma non sempre questo è un male, anche perché la Frost ci mostra quanto in là quei personaggi possano spingersi nel suo universo. I personaggi a cui già avevo cominciato ad affezionarmi nel primo volume ricompaiono qui, e molti di loro sono fondamentali: la ricerca non ricade solo sulle spalle di Aeryn e Lyse. Le due convincono anche i loro amici, che, con notevole sprezzo del pericolo, aiutano le due giovani come possono. Di sicuro il mio preferito è Pavo; tra tutti è il più particolare, e qui ha mostrato di avere più di qualche risorsa. Spero di vederlo ancora nel prossimo volume. Il mi odio verso alcuni cavalieri e maghi continua, ma in mezzo alle mele marce ce n'è qualcuno che si può salvare. Pochi, eh, ma buoni. Forse un po' ingenui nel non vedere quello che hanno sotto al naso. E la relazione tra Aeryn e Lyse? Be', dire complicate è dire poco, anche per via di Timo. C'è un avanzamento graduale che poi diventa sorprendentemente veloce, quasi assurdo e forse non proprio positivo, però è una bella coppia. Forse non quella che ci si aspetta, ma bella. Per quanto riguarda lo stile, scorre molto velocemente, tanto che non ti rendi conto di quanto hai letto fino a che non lo guardi. Continuo a pensare che per qualcuno che abbia un livello B1 o più alto di Inglese potrebbe leggere questa serie tranquillamente e non avendo problemi. Nel complesso, un'ottima lettura.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hutchinson

    What an adventure!!! Aeryn is continuing her journey after discovering her powers, and finding herself in the capture of the kingdom and being trained to fight. Something is a foot in the kingdom, and not all that Aeryn knew is as it seems. With everything going on, Aeryn not only has to learn to control her powers, but who and what she should trust. The adventure takes many twists and turns in the search for the truth, and justice to be served. I loved the adventure and magic in this story, and What an adventure!!! Aeryn is continuing her journey after discovering her powers, and finding herself in the capture of the kingdom and being trained to fight. Something is a foot in the kingdom, and not all that Aeryn knew is as it seems. With everything going on, Aeryn not only has to learn to control her powers, but who and what she should trust. The adventure takes many twists and turns in the search for the truth, and justice to be served. I loved the adventure and magic in this story, and learning more about Aeryn and all her friends in the kingdom. It really intrigued me how they worked together, and all the powers they had, but the best bit were all the twists and turns in the plot that created the intrigue and mystery. There was so much going on that you could get fully immersed in the story and just enjoy the adventure. It was really exciting, capturing the imagination, and look forward to more from the series. There was a darkness to this follow up that made it a little more adult than the first book in the series, but this is still a great fantasy book even for the Young Adult genre. Aeryn and Lyse were already off to a complicated start, but their friendship was strong. I loved their character development in this sequel, where they learnt more about themselves, and each other. Their relationship is definitely a special one, and I love how they interact and just fit together perfectly. Great addition to this series, and building the excitement for more in future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    R

    The Darkness Rising is the second book in the Destiny of Darkness Series. I would definitely recommend reading it in order to get a complete understanding of the storyline. This second book, also Aeryn’s perspective, continued where book one ended. But unlike the first book where the characters and plot needed to be slowly developed, this storyline was fast paced and action packed. Aeryn, Lyse, and the other mages found themselves in the midst of Dark Magic with danger lurking all around King’s The Darkness Rising is the second book in the Destiny of Darkness Series. I would definitely recommend reading it in order to get a complete understanding of the storyline. This second book, also Aeryn’s perspective, continued where book one ended. But unlike the first book where the characters and plot needed to be slowly developed, this storyline was fast paced and action packed. Aeryn, Lyse, and the other mages found themselves in the midst of Dark Magic with danger lurking all around King’s City as plans for a coup were discovered. As the mages tried to make sense of what was happening around them, battles were fought, and lives were lost-and claimed. Like the previous book, this one was also very creatively written and ended with a cliffhanger.But once again, an expected one. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaie

    I'm disappointed with this book. I loved the world building in the first book (which shouldn't be its own book...) But the pacing here felt too fast by comparison. The story got complicated with lots of new characters or organizations introduced - and I got confused. I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed generally. *Karen used to write for AferEllen but she quit because she didn't agree with their politics - thank you Karen* [Below was my note, Karen commented below to clarify/update] Another I'm disappointed with this book. I loved the world building in the first book (which shouldn't be its own book...) But the pacing here felt too fast by comparison. The story got complicated with lots of new characters or organizations introduced - and I got confused. I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed generally. *Karen used to write for AferEllen but she quit because she didn't agree with their politics - thank you Karen* [Below was my note, Karen commented below to clarify/update] Another disappointment: I went to the author's website and saw that she is a recent, regular contributor to AfterEllen. I used to be a daily reader of AE but it is now a transphobic, lesbian separatist website. I can hope she didn't know that and was simply eager to be published, but I won't be able to support an author who knowingly contributes to hate like that.

  14. 4 out of 5

    terry decker

    I loved this sequel. I enjoyed that the action picked up right from the start. Aeryn’s magic grew so amazingly well. I thought that Lyse and she were great when they bonded and how they worked together was amazing. I thought it was great that they were able to bring Firdas back his powers. This is a great series and I’m looking forward to book 3. I would recommend this series and definitely start with book 1. This is a great YA book and the writing is very good. I read an ARC provided by YLVA in I loved this sequel. I enjoyed that the action picked up right from the start. Aeryn’s magic grew so amazingly well. I thought that Lyse and she were great when they bonded and how they worked together was amazing. I thought it was great that they were able to bring Firdas back his powers. This is a great series and I’m looking forward to book 3. I would recommend this series and definitely start with book 1. This is a great YA book and the writing is very good. I read an ARC provided by YLVA in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue25

    This book was enjoyable - definitely much better than book 1. The story proceeded at a good pace - I was drawn in quickly unlike the first book which was quite plodding. The building up of the relationship between Lyse and Aeryn was realistic and I really enjoyed the interaction between both of them. I had to keep reminding myself they were all very young adults... Most of the loose threads from Book 1 was resolved in Book 2 so it was a satisfying read. I'm wondering what Book 3 will bring...

  16. 4 out of 5

    M the avid reader

    Read this book and its prequel back to back if you can for maximum enjoyment (3.5 stars) I read the first book in this series when it was first available and had questions then about what information there was going to be pertinent, which characters needed to be remembered etc to take into the reading of this sequel. Although that was only two months ago, that was long enough (with dozens of other books being read in between) for me to forget major details from the first book. There is some recap Read this book and its prequel back to back if you can for maximum enjoyment (3.5 stars) I read the first book in this series when it was first available and had questions then about what information there was going to be pertinent, which characters needed to be remembered etc to take into the reading of this sequel. Although that was only two months ago, that was long enough (with dozens of other books being read in between) for me to forget major details from the first book. There is some recap that occurs here but I'd suggest that if you can, read both books back to back because this picks up where Conspiracy of the Dark left off and so it's best to have the events (among other things) fresh in mind for the sequel to not feel like unfamiliar territory and distract the reader from the new events happening there. There are lots of familiar faces here (and some new ones) and once again teenagers are put into dangerous situations and forced to make adult decisions (with varying degrees of success). Aeryn is better adjusted to her new life here, training to be a war mage but still carries plenty of naivete from her upbringing and her age to make her an imperfect (and therefore more relatable) character. I might have gotten more out of my reading of the story had I read the first book again right before but that aside, many of the events of this book had me on edge and worrying for the main characters. I was fully invested until nearing the end of the book where a series of events took me out of that groove temporarily so I was skeptical and less invested for the rest of the story. New information in the latter half of the story felt at times overly convenient and had me wondering if some of it was still more world building to set up for a long running series. The ending was pretty much as I expected it to be (no spoilers) and was less satisfying than I wanted it to be; plot lines that resolved along the way were sometimes overshadowed by character appearances that felt more formulaic and convenient than plausible in the moment. I am curious to see what the author releases next and how I will feel about it when I read it I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Clements

    Good reasons why one long book is published as a trilogy (or more): 1. Each book contains its own discrete story with a beginning, middle and end (eg, The Millennium Series or the Harry Potter series; 2. Because it’s so long it’s impossible to print in one volume (eg, Lord of the Rings, The Oxford English Dictionary, The Encyclopedia Britannica). I’m therefore baffled as to why The Daughter of Fire has been split into (at least) three volumes. Books one and two could easily have been published in Good reasons why one long book is published as a trilogy (or more): 1. Each book contains its own discrete story with a beginning, middle and end (eg, The Millennium Series or the Harry Potter series; 2. Because it’s so long it’s impossible to print in one volume (eg, Lord of the Rings, The Oxford English Dictionary, The Encyclopedia Britannica). I’m therefore baffled as to why The Daughter of Fire has been split into (at least) three volumes. Books one and two could easily have been published in one volume; neither of them is long and there is no natural break in the story. You cannot read this second volume without reading the first, or it will make very little sense. This unnecessarily breaks up a good read and the cynic in me says it has more to do with marketing and maximising revenue than anything else. Nevertheless, this is a good fantasy story and I do want to find out what happens to Aeryn so I will keep on reading to the end – as long as it remains interesting. Frost is to be commended for creating a richly woven picture of her fantasy realm. The story is probably aimed at a YA market, but like all good books in this genre it is interesting for all ages. The romance is PG rated and very slow to boil, but perhaps we’ll see more action on that front in book three. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we can read it. My instincts tell me that it would be more enjoyable to wait until all volumes are published and then read them in one go. If you are a fan of fantasy books (and I love a good fantasy story) then I’m sure it would be worth waiting for. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    So far this is an entertaining series. This installment starts right where the last one left off with Aeryn reeling from her discovery. Then the book expands into a hectic, puzzling (for the characters) adventure with new friends and foes, and no one is sure which is which. Aeryn’s suspicions are confirmed but she has to decide what to do with that knowledge. On top of all that, Aeryn’s training continues. While she learns new skills, her feelings for Lyse continue but she also meets an So far this is an entertaining series. This installment starts right where the last one left off with Aeryn reeling from her discovery. Then the book expands into a hectic, puzzling (for the characters) adventure with new friends and foes, and no one is sure which is which. Aeryn’s suspicions are confirmed but she has to decide what to do with that knowledge. On top of all that, Aeryn’s training continues. While she learns new skills, her feelings for Lyse continue but she also meets an intriguing young knight. There is a lot going on: the relationship (or lack) between Aeryn and Lyse and trying to handle their feelings, dealing with a scary mage teacher and at least one unpleasant classmate, unraveling what’s happening in the city, Aeryn contemplating her future and her feelings, and more. This novel just keeps on going until a satisfactory conclusion is reached, at least for me. According to the description, this is second of a duology but it ends on a cliffhanger. The story-line from the first book is concluded, but there is a new story-line. I would enjoy a third book in this series so I’m not complaining, just somewhat confused. Nevertheless, I agree with other reviewers – if you like fantasy and adventure, read this book. I received an ARC for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    This is the second book in Karen Frost's world of gifted students at Windhall University. This one picks up right where the first one left off, so you might want to read that one first if you haven't already. This book is a natural growth from the first, resolving the storylines from its predecessor, but developing angst and mystery all its own. Ah, the angst of young love... The pacing of this book is faster than the first. This one builds on the foundation built in #1 (Conspiracy of The Dark), This is the second book in Karen Frost's world of gifted students at Windhall University. This one picks up right where the first one left off, so you might want to read that one first if you haven't already. This book is a natural growth from the first, resolving the storylines from its predecessor, but developing angst and mystery all its own. Ah, the angst of young love... The pacing of this book is faster than the first. This one builds on the foundation built in #1 (Conspiracy of The Dark), and we see the growth of Aeryn, Lyse and their friends. A secondary character takes up the mantle of his destiny as well, while others try to reshape their destinies and the Kingdom around them. The characters were all very well drawn, motivations were clear and as always, the world-building was exquisite. There will be a book three, and I have to say, I'm glad. I was totally swept up in the world, the characters we have come to know and root for and I can't wait to see how the war is resolved. If you enjoy well-written fantasy with a hint of darkness, danger, and dashing pacing; this book is for you.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I LIKE THIS TITLE AND BOOK. GOOD READS HAVE ALL THESE AWESOME TO READ HERE OWN GOOD READS. HAA I REMEMBER AS A CHILD ME AND MY 2 SISTERS HAD TWIN BESD THERE WAS ALWAYS. A FIRE-ER. IT WOULD ALWAYS COME FROM MY SIDE OF THE BED THIS MIDDLE DAUGHTER WAS AFRAID OF FIRE SOME HOW A WOULD SHOOT UP MY BES WAS AT THE BOTTOM MY OLDEST SISTER BED WAS AT THE TOP MIDDLE DAUGHTER/OF FIRE SOME HOW THE OLDEST SISTER WOULD SPOT THE FIRE YES EVERY TIME. IAM THINKING BACK NOW REMEMBER I TOLD YOU ABOUT ME I LIKE THIS TITLE AND BOOK. GOOD READS HAVE ALL THESE AWESOME 📚 TO READ HERE OWN GOOD READS. HAA I REMEMBER AS A CHILD ME AND MY 2 SISTERS HAD TWIN BESD THERE WAS ALWAYS. A FIRE-ER. IT WOULD ALWAYS COME FROM MY SIDE OF THE BED THIS MIDDLE DAUGHTER WAS AFRAID OF FIRE SOME HOW A 🔥 WOULD SHOOT UP MY BES WAS AT THE BOTTOM MY OLDEST SISTER BED WAS AT THE TOP MIDDLE DAUGHTER/OF FIRE 🔥 SOME HOW THE OLDEST SISTER WOULD SPOT THE FIRE 🔥 YES EVERY TIME. IAM 🤔 THINKING BACK NOW REMEMBER I TOLD YOU ABOUT ME JUMPING OF THE ROOF AND MY SISTER CATCHING ME OK THIS IS THE SAME SISTER. I WONDER DID SHE STARTED THAT 🔥 THEN JUMPED IN THE BED SHE WAS THE ONE ALWAYS GOING TO BED 🛏 LATE ALL THE TIME I WONDER WHO REALLY SATED THAT FIRE WAS IT YOU-SIS—? SHE LIKED NOT CAUGHT ME THAT VERY LAST TIME AFTER ALL IT WAS HER IDEA FOR ME TO TAKE THAT VERY LAST JUMP I LOVE GOOD READS DONT YOU THERE IS SO MANY 😎 BOOKS CAN REALLY BRING YOU BACK TO TITLES. AND WHAT REALLY HAPPEN THOSES DAYS. THE GOOD BAD AND THE UGLY GOOD READS IS A VERY GOOD PLACE TO BE YES. THANKS AUTHOR THOSE WAS THE DARK DAYS GOOD READS BROUGHT IT TO LIGHT 💡. GOOD READS AUTHOR WELL DONE👌🤙🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿😎♥️ THANKS.🤙😎

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danie

    I was given this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an Honest Review. The first book in the series left off with such a cliffhanger that I wasn't sure what I was going to do if it was too too too long in between that and this second book, thankfully, I didn't have to wait long. It's more with Aeryn, Lyse, and the gang. They get deeper and deeper into something where they don't quite know all the moving parts. It was a crazy intense and fun ride for sure, and, it was what I hoped, since, the I was given this ARC by the publisher in exchange for an Honest Review. The first book in the series left off with such a cliffhanger that I wasn't sure what I was going to do if it was too too too long in between that and this second book, thankfully, I didn't have to wait long. It's more with Aeryn, Lyse, and the gang. They get deeper and deeper into something where they don't quite know all the moving parts. It was a crazy intense and fun ride for sure, and, it was what I hoped, since, the first book was a little bit... hurry up and wait. This was the meat of the story so far, although, while the ending wasn't as much of a cliffhanger as book one, there may be more plot meat to come in book three.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise Kyte

    I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the series and starts directly from the cliff hanger ending of the first. The first book contains a lot of world and character building so I'd definitely recommend reading that before this. I enjoyed the development in the relationship between the two main characters. We also learn more about the ensemble cast many of whom have big roles to play. There's a lot of action and dark themes explored. Overall I I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the series and starts directly from the cliff hanger ending of the first. The first book contains a lot of world and character building so I'd definitely recommend reading that before this. I enjoyed the development in the relationship between the two main characters. We also learn more about the ensemble cast many of whom have big roles to play. There's a lot of action and dark themes explored. Overall I enjoyed this book which maintained my interest throughout and I'll definitely read the next book in the series. The ending left me wanting to know more. I'd recommend this for anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa B

    This was much better than the first instalment, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Problem is you really need to read the first book to know what is going on. We could have done without the majority of book one, and the end of that added to this book! There is a ‘to be continued’ ending in this second book also, but this time instead of just stopping in the middle of a story leaving the reader feeling cheated and annoyed, this one does come to a conclusion, it just opens up new avenues for a This was much better than the first instalment, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Problem is you really need to read the first book to know what is going on. We could have done without the majority of book one, and the end of that added to this book! There is a ‘to be continued’ ending in this second book also, but this time instead of just stopping in the middle of a story leaving the reader feeling cheated and annoyed, this one does come to a conclusion, it just opens up new avenues for a next instalment. I look forward to reading it. I was given an advance review copy by Ylva in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dr E

    This second instalment is a big improvement on the first book in this series. This one is less descriptive, although that is still a bit of an issue in places. Also I started to care about the characters a bit more, and some of the action is quite gripping. It could do with being pared down in places. You know when American TV has way too much narration instead of relying on the acting, well this book spends a bit too much time setting the scene rather than living makes the book a bit clunky and This second instalment is a big improvement on the first book in this series. This one is less descriptive, although that is still a bit of an issue in places. Also I started to care about the characters a bit more, and some of the action is quite gripping. It could do with being pared down in places. You know when American TV has way too much narration instead of relying on the acting, well this book spends a bit too much time setting the scene rather than living makes the book a bit clunky and it’s why the action stuff works best, because that’s when the writing flows better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is book 2 in the Destiny and Darkness Series. I struggled with the plot and was frustrated with main characters Lyse and Aeryn. While the supporting characters were more fleshed out, I found overall it was difficult to sink into the story and re-read sections to make sense of things. Not a horrible read by any means but I can only rate it 2 stars. An ARC was rec'd from Ylva Publishing for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    An epic tale continues. So much happens in this book that I'm not sure where to start. There is an evolution of Aeryn and Lyse's bond but there are more dimensions than that. At times I felt that there were gaps but the speed of the plot was always enough to keep the reader engaged and on the end of their seat. The flow was also well crafted and this book will not disappoint.

  27. 5 out of 5

    AJ Sneed

    This series is freaking awesome! one of the best scifi g/g reads out there. if you are looking for a new series that has magic and a lot of great story this is it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  30. 5 out of 5

    AzuraFolf

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