The Flaming Sword

Blurb: Sadie Larcen and her family are slowly recovering from their life-altering trek to the Tethered World. That is until their aunt arrives clutching a mysterious letter and sporting a black eye. The letter that Aunt Jules shares with the family writhes with sinister implications. A new and menacing enemy has slunk from the shadows and is conspiring to seize the most powerful piece of weaponry in the land: The Flaming Sword of Cherubythe. The sword must—at all costs—be kept from the enemies who lust for its power.

The threat extends to Sadie’s autistic brother Brock. As High King in training, he now resides in the Tethered World, within close proximity to the sword. It’s apparent that drastic measures will be required by all in order to protect what’s most important. Can Sadie once again confront her disabling fear, stare evil in the face, and walk away whole—let alone alive? How can one teenage girl and her family save a sword with the potential to start a world war? Will lines be crossed even as Sadie’s faith is tested? Sadie knows it’s going to take a lot more than strength, grit, and courage to survive.

I enjoyed The Tethered World quite a bit so I jumped at the chance to read the ARC of The Flaming Sword (The Tethered World Chronicles #2 by Heather L.L. FitzGerald). And I managed to inhale it in two sittings, too. 😉  The story picks up almost immediately after the last one ended and while there is some recapping to refresh readers memories, it has a good balance for those who need it and those who don’t. This time we get two point-of-views and I especially enjoyed learning more about Sadie’s brother Brady. It’s always fun watching a character grow and mature and he’s a very likable character. You may remember I thought the first book leaned a little more toward MG than YA – well, I didn’t have that feeling with this one. It is just a touch more serious, a touch more mature. The romance is still mild but highly enjoyable.

Oh – I don’t remember noticing in The Tethered World (because it’s stated simply and not emphasized) but there’s a lot of ethnic diversity among the gnomes and Nephilim – it’s a nice element that makes the world-building fuller and I expect many readers appreciate. If there was one thing that slightly bothered me, it was at times I felt like the travels were repetitive – mainly because Sadie and Brady’s separate adventures covered the same ground, just at different times. We also learn some Larcen family history and, while the story wraps up neatly, there are several questions raised that I am hoping will be answered in the finale due out in 2017. I can’t wait!

Do you notice when there is ethnic diversity in books?

 

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