Having Fun with Rulers and Mages!

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!*

rulers and magesI’m excited for today’s review! Rulers and Mages, the second in the Order of the Twelve Tribes series (first book reviewed here), picked up right where the last one left off and built on all its previous success!

From a strong, tense opening, the story entertained me straight away, reintroducing the villain and incorporating wonderfully descriptive world building. The writing was crisp, clear and instantly absorbing. As with the first instalment, I felt the song lyrics fit cleverly with each chapter. And while it was a little slow to start, it certainly picked up the pace and ended, well, magically.

One thing that Daley has definitely got down to a T is the exquisite way she blends the real world and the fey realms. I especially liked all her geeky references, many of which had me grinning. The myths are blended subtly into the plot and certainly give it a distinct flavour. What’s even better is how oblivious most humans are to the goings on of real-life mythological creatures.

What made this great as a sequel was how well the relationships were able to develop across the span of two books. With such a large cast, I did find I focused more on specific characters. I did feel like Emma’s mystery added to her characterisation and shifted my attention to her over others. However, the best development, I felt was for Avery and Madison.

Through these two characters, the author integrated aspects of what it’s like to be on the spectrum in a non-intrusive way and actually gave me a “huh I think I learned something!” moment (which may be a weird way to put it, but trust me, I rarely think that with fiction). You guys know how much I hate it when I think something’s forced- and this wasn’t like that at all. Especially since it became so plot relevant with one of the characters (no spoilers!) And I do think that this is something a lot of us could benefit from learning more about. This also ultimately served to add a layer of maturity to the book and that was much appreciated.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Have you checked out this series? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

39 thoughts on “Having Fun with Rulers and Mages!

  1. Another great review and again me wondering how on Earth you manage to read so many books in such a short time. Really, truly impressive 😊😊
    Love books like these though..so of course I am adding this one to the Neverending Story…erm to read list 😂

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  2. Forgive my ignorance, but what’s an ARC?
    Your reviews are always so helpful, although terrible for my dwindling shalf-space as I keep thinking ‘ok, got to give that a read’ and nowhere to put the book!
    Still very helpful and I’ll look forward to giving this a go!

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  3. Ok, well this sounds interesting!
    Looking at the cover, i don’t think i ever would have picked it up. Just reminds me of those esoteric books about how to meet your spiritual guide and whatnot 😀

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  4. This sounds great- what with character development and that educational moment… it sounds like the book has substance and that’s always a win in my eyes! Great review and now I must check the series out. After The Cruel Prince I feel I need to cleanse my palate when it comes to fey realms and this sounds like a strong contender! 😉

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  5. I don’t think I’ve been immersed in fey realms enough to really grasp how they’re written, but they do sound magical and this one seems to do the blend between real world and fey world quite well! Glad to see how much you enjoyed this one. Awesome review! 😀

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