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Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins
Series: Blood and Gold #2
Published by Del Rey Books on February 5, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
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Four years have passed since the five sisters--daughters of the ruling king--worked together to restore their father to health and to the throne, while fracturing the bonds between themselves almost irreparably. Only Bluebell is still at home, dutifully serving as heir to her father's kingdom. Rose has been cast aside by her former husband and hides in exile with her aunt, separated forever from her beloved daughter, Rowan. Ash wanders the distant wastes with her teacher, learning magic and hunting dragons, determined that the dread fate she has foreseen for herself and her loved ones never comes to pass. Ivy rules over a prosperous seaport, married to an aged husband she hates, yet finding delight in her two young sons and the handsome captain of the guard. And as for Willow, she hides the most dangerous secret of all--one that could destroy all that the sisters once sought to save!
I read Daughters of the Storm last year which started the Blood and Gold series and wanted the next book so much. I loved the characters and the Norse fantasy themes. I got this book early, way back in August but the New Release challenge has me trying to read current year rather than future years. Then I had trouble starting to read, not actually reading, but picking up the book. Because I was afraid.
Once I started reading I was engrossed immediately, but worried for my beloved characters. This is a story of 5 sisters, the daughters of a long time King. They are all very different but I liked Bluebell and Ash best, Rose was silly but okay, Ivy was selfish but without malice, and Willow is a religious nut and I hate her. I was glad to see Rose and Ivy have matured and are better people as parents, but nothing seems to improve Willow.
There are many battles with swords and some magic. There are dragons. It is an exciting story but I was scared all the time my favorites or the children would be hurt or killed. Life, even when people are greedy or religious fanatics, was rough in this time. There is constant action, and unending, urgent emotions of fear, love, pride, lust and disgust while reading these stories. Ivy and Willow had me rolling my eyes a few times, too.
While this is a satisfying ending point, there is much more to the overall story here. I keep thinking because there are five sisters, the series would have five books, but it isn’t how it is. Each book has them all and various developments of them and their families. The next book, Queen of the Seas is projected for 2019 and I’m ready.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2019 Releases
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