I was a little disappointed by this book; I’m not going to beat around the bush. Vengeance Born was such a strong start to The Light Blade series that my expectations for book 2 were perhaps a tad high. The first novel has an even split between action and romance while as this second installment is heavy on the latter with next to no action. Maybe it’s my own fault; this series is shelved as Fantasy / Paranormal Romance after all. Perhaps I was just spoiled when it came to the first book. That being said, Alliance Forged still has a lot going for it including colourful characters, a mushy love story and it also offers further insight into Kylie Griffin’ demons which I enjoy.
Kymora is the head of her order, a pure soul and blind but when she sets her sights on Varian there’s no deterring her. She knows what she wants and by god she’s going to get it! I couldn’t get over how aggressive she is in her pursuit of Varian! I would have thought that her disability would make her more hesitant. Making the first move is hard enough but doubly so when you’re vision impaired. However, I guess this goes to show that Kymora has overcome her handicap and doesn’t let it dictate her actions. I admire her for that.
Varian hasn’t been as lucky. He hates his Na’Chi half with a passion and tries to ignore that part of himself as much as possible. His demon genes are helpful in battle but that’s about it; Varian views his heritage as a curse. He and Kymora aren’t as different as he thinks. She may not have Na’Reish blood but she knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles and learning how to accept oneself. The Na’Chi leader also can’t seem to grasp how someone as pure as Kymora could ever want to be with someone like him. She’s the light to his dark.
Varian and Kymora both have obstacles to overcome before they can even consider starting a romantic relationship. The back-and-forth between these two pretty much makes up the entire book. Granted, their tale is moving but it doesn’t exactly make for a riveting read. The pacing in Alliance Forged is on the slow side and other than a few small skirmishes and some light political intrigue, not much happens in this book. The back blurb is definitely deceiving in that respect. It basically summarizes a couple of chapters towards the end (the more interesting ones). The other 300 pages are about Kymora and Varian’s budding romance.
Alliance Forged is a heartwarming tale about overcoming one’s inner demons, battling prejudice and finding love in unlikely places. This installment didn’t live-up to Vengeance Born but The Light Blade series still has more to offer with Allegiance Sworn scheduled for release in April 2013.
|Recommendation:||A great book for readers who like lots of character development and a complex love story.|
|Like this, like that:||Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, the Warriors of the Rift series by Cynthia Garner and the Demons series by Linda Wisdom.|
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Rule of thumb….
Man on cover = romance.
Chick on cover = action.
We had a talk about this in one of the UF panels at AADNOLA. Someone said that if there is man boob on the cover it’s PNR. Chick on cover with weapon it’s UF. LOL
And this cover has a side man boob view. LOL
I do so hate those disappointing sequels. But anyway, I hope the next in the series is better!
And Jennifer TheBookNympho makes an interesting point!
@Jennifer TheBookNympho I never thought of it before but you do make a good point. The 1st & 3rd books for this series have a guy and a girl. What does that mean? :p
@Arely ZPerez I usually give a series 3 books to wow me. If I’m not hooked by then than I probably won’t continue the series.
This looks like it should be a great series! Carin
i’m interested in this serie but it’s true that we can be dissapointed in a serie if the first book is amazing and the second more common… generally i try to see if book3 is better than 2 becausei don’t like to give up
@miki 3 books in a series is my go-to rule.
I have the 1st book but haven’t had time to read it yet. I never thought of the cover, but I think it holds true for alot I can think of. Series alway seem to have stronger/weaker books in them, so we’ll see how this goes.