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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Blitz & Reviews: Wicked Path (Daath Chronicles #1) by Eliza Tilton

Title: Wicked Path
Series: Daath Chronicles #2
Author: Eliza Tilton 
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn't the only thing trying to kill them.

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can't remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family's dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains--a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don't, they'll never see home again.

Jeslyn's new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she's forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

And his assistance comes with a price.

I received this book for free from the publisher/author via Lady Amber's Reviews and PR in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this further look into this vivid fantasy world. I felt that this book was actually better than the first book. 

The pacing of this series is rather solid. Things progress at just the right pace, never boring the reader or leaving them behind. 

My favorite thing in the first book was the characters, so I loved being able to get to know them more in Wicked Path. Some of the characters' good and bad traits are shown. I actually liked Jeslyn a tad more in this book, where I didn't relate to her much before. And I found Avikar's jealousy a bit annoying, where I adored him in the last book. I liked Lucino much more in this book. His transformation was the best character development so far. I would have liked to have more perspective on Lucy. 

The plot moves along and develops quite nicely from the last book. The Reptilians are still trying to take over, and Avikar and Jeslyn have the means to stop it. The plot twists were refreshing, and made me want to read the next book in this series that much more. I loved that there was more action in this book. 

It felt like there were more details being shared in this, and I liked that. The execution was a bit better in Wicked Path, but not a homerun. I felt like the writing could use a little editing. 

Overall, I very much enjoyed this follow up and I would recommend it. If you enjoy fantasy then this richly imagined world will be your new favorite. This is a fun and entertaining read that will not disappoint you. I can't wait to read the next book!

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BA in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. Her YA Fantasy series, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Buy Links:
Broken Forest: http://amzn.to/1Tzv6ar
Crimson Tides: http://amzn.to/1rSWmd9
Deadly Dance: http://amzn.to/2dowHCZ

Our ship was gone, leaving us alone in an empty sea. Out here with nothing but calm water, I felt deserted; terrified. All those mornings I’d wished to venture out into the sea, to explore its beauty and splendor, I had no real understanding of the danger. How easily it was to be lost—and what about the creatures? We had no weapons, and if a shark attacked, how would we survive?

I wrapped my arms around my sides, praying and wishing this was all a horrific dream—that Grandfather was safe in his bed, snoring, and none of this was real.
Because if it wasn’t a dream, I was going to die.


Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables. 

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn's golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino's world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won't fail again.
I received this book for free from the publisher/author via Lady Amber's Reviews and PR in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading this book, I was expecting a straight up high fantasy read. I was pleasantly surprised with the delicate blend of science fiction integrated into this fantasy. It made for a very unique twist on the story. I definitely wasn't expecting it.

The best thing about Broken Forest was definitely the characters. They were very easy to get to know, and I enjoyed reading about them. My favorite was Raven. She was spunky, strong, and hinting at a problematic past. I just adored her. I always enjoyed Avikar. He was such a lovely character. He was so selfless throughout the story. Many of the other characters were also very striking. 

The author did a good job with plot building. There were many details included to make the world come alive. I think that the execution could have been a little better though, because some of it felt a little boring at times. Finding out plot information and details in a surprising way would have been better.

The pacing of the story was fast-paced, but not overwhelmingly so. I definitely wanted to keep turning the pages, and the story progressed nicely. 

I enjoyed the romance between Avikar and Raven. They were clearly drawn to one another and had similar strong personalities. I wasn't really feeling the romance between Jeslyn and Lucino. She was quite annoying through most of it. At the beginning of the book she was in a relationship with Derrik, and a handsome prince makes her forget all that? I'm not buying it. Even if a charming prince saves you from a horrible situation, you are not just going to fall madly in love and forget everything that you feel for your significant other. 

I felt like the reptilian race angle needed to be explored more. I know that there are sequels, but I felt like I needed more information now.

Overall, this was a refreshing read. While I liked this book very much, I didn't fall head over heels for it. I will most certainly be finishing the series though. I feel very invested in the characters and need to know what happens next and how everything plays out in the end. I would recommend this to all that love a good fantasy read with strong character building. 


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