Wednesday 21 July 2021

Book Review: The Rot (Raven Rings #2) by Siri Pettersen (Fantasy)

Title: The Rot (Raven Rings #2)
Author: Siri Pettersen
Publisher: Arctis
Publication Date: 5 October 2021 (2014)
Pages: 512
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

To protect her homeland of Ym, Hirka left it behind. She traveled through the raven rings, a stone circle that can be used as a portal, to an unfamiliar world. A world without the Might, a world where none of the people have tails, a world that seems rotten at its very core. That world is modern-day Europe.

Hirka was supposed to fit in with humans here. And her departure was supposed to be save Ym from the invasion of the blind. Yet none of that has happened. Instead, Hirka finds herself just as much of an outsider among the humans as she was among ymlings—even more so when she discovers that she has blood of the blind running through her veins. Meanwhile back in Ym, Rime—now the Ravenbearer—is fighting an ongoing battle against the blind, not to mention against his fellow Councilors, as well as with his own despair over losing Hirka.

Separated by worlds, unsure who to trust, and hunted for reasons they cannot understand, both Hirka and Rime must find a way to stop a thousand-year-old evil from destroying not only Ym, but every world in existence.


For the first few chapters of The Rot, I struggled to adjust to the change from the pure fantasy world of Ym in book one to skipping back and forth between Ym and our world in book two. However, once I settled into the new style, I became engrossed in the story again and came to appreciate the new characters. The action moved along at a good pace, which kept me turning the pages, and I was intrigued by the direction the story took as new information was revealed. The end of this book left me keen to find out how things would conclude in the final volume. Recommended for fantasy fans, but you will definitely need to have read book one first to follow what is going on. Four stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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