*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!*
I’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
Have you checked out this series? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!