Wednesday 31 August 2016

Book Review: Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold #2) by Kim Wilkins

Title: Sisters of Fire (Blood and Gold #2)
Author: Kim Wilkins
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Publication Date: 20 August 2016

Pages: 446
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Scattered as they are across the kingdoms, she sets out on a journey to find them.

Her four sisters all have their own paths to tread, the gifted magician Ash is on a journey to find a dragon that could determine her destiny. The beautiful, unhappy Rose has left her undermagician Aunt and is speeding to the aid of her daughter, Rowan, who has been lost to her. Ivy, sold into marriage for the sake of an alliance, is now set to become the ruling Duchess of Seacaster with the imminent death of her much older and sick husband, and the power-hungry Willow is raising her infant child as a potential trimartyr king and training to be a warrior for the fanatical religious order Maava.

From wild rocky coastline to granite-topped tors, from bustling harbours to echoing ghost towns, from halls of kings to ancient primal woodlands, this story follows five sisters upon whose actions kingdoms will rise and fall.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

When I requested Sisters of the Fire from NetGalley, nothing in the description made it clear this was the second in a series. Had I known, I would not have requested without having read the first book, but as it was, I went ahead. I still enjoyed it once I got into the story and characters; however, I think I would have gotten more out of it had I read Book One first, since I had to come to know these characters partway through their journey and had no idea how they had reached the point they were at by the commencement of this part of the tale. There was the odd bit of imaginative grammar, but otherwise the prose was very readable and I liked the distinct characterisation of each of the sisters. It is possible to read this book without having seen the first, but I wouldn't recommend doing so if you want to get the most out of the story. 3.5 stars (but I think I might have been able to give it 4 stars if I'd known the back-story first).

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