Flights of Marigold by Susan Forest
FLIGHTS OF MARIGOLD
by Susan Forest
Series: Addicted to Heaven (#2)
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Release Date: August 11, 2020
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups
Price: $28.00 (USD)
Years after the peace of Shangril is fractured, and magiels are being hunted, Meg and Janat leave the rebel cause to seek refuge at the edge of the world with their sister Rennika. But they can only run from their past—and destiny—so long. With the chance to recapture a fabled prayer stone and perhaps restore their people’s access to their Gods. But they’ll need access to a member of royalty, and the ambitious High King’s sister might be just the perfect mark. But to do so, they’ll have to decide how much they’re willing to risk for their mother’s cause.
Though I loved the first book, I have to say this one was a bit of a letdown. I still think the worldbuilding is great, and I love the magic system, but ultimately, the first half of this book was just too slow. Meg’s waffling on what she wants to do just gets old. It’s not until halfway through the book that it really begins to pick up and a plot becomes apparent. Then it gets interesting, and while the first half did set it up, I think the plot could have been introduced a lot sooner to make it more interesting.
I do still love the dynamic between the sisters, their love is very real and told very true to the way it is with sisters. Forest has a knack for writing very human characters and it’s always nice to see, even if they are a little frustrating. Add in some pretty decent twists, and yeah, I’m definitely on the hook for the next book. Looking forward to it!
I suppose the big thing I think this book suffers from is second book syndrome. Anyway, I’d still recommend to epic fantasy readers, but it was a bit of a let down for me.
Flights of Marigold is Susan Forest’s second book in the Addicted to Heaven series, both of which have been chosen as Publishers Lunch Buzz Books selections (2019 & 2020). She is an award-winning author and editor with over 25 short stories published in Canadian and international publications. To learn more about her work, visit her website.
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