This is book two of The Enduring Flame Trilogy. I enjoyed The Phoenix Unchained which was volume one. This picks up with the perils of Harrier Gillain and Tiercel Rolfort, apprentice port master and future clerk, continuing in their clueless manner. Facing unimaginable danger and the death of the world as they know it, they stumble blithely along trying to identify exactly who they are.
Teens, in general, struggle with identity so it is hardly surprising that a pair of boys finding themselves embroiled in magic prone situations is clueless. In all fairness, their unwillingness to accept the strangeness of their new life demonstrates a believable connection to reality. These two are highly likeable which again demonstrates what I feel is Lackey’s greatest strength and that is to build characters that you become passionate about.
Unbeknownst to me is that The Enduring Flame Trilogy is set in the same world as The Obsidian Trilogy and The Dragon Prophecy. I enjoyed the Crown of Vengeance which is volume one of The Dragon Prophecy. Needless to say, I will be reading them as well.
As you would expect in volume two of a trilogy, the boys are closer to their goal but haven’t made it yet, midway seems apt. The only constants to the tale are the boys and their foe.
The setting is as rich and well done as you would expect from Lackey.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.