Title: Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney #2)
Author: Alane Adams
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure, Mythology
Rating: 5 Stars
Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun–but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches’ enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae.
Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keelt travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies.
As Sam’s friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney’s shadows–forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.
*Author sent me a free copy in exchange of an honest review.*
First of all, I want to say that the sequel did not disappoint! After finishing the first book, I started reading the sequel right away because I was so eager to find out what would happen next.
I loved the characters from the first book but I love them even more after reading this book. I also have new favourite characters in this series. While I was reading, there were times that I was thinking, “Please don’t die.”. I can’t help it because there a lot of twists in this book! I would really think and try to figure out what is really happening, and there are also times that I gasped because I wasn’t expecting what happened! This book has a lot of mystery and surprises and it really is unpredictable!
If the first book of the series gave emphasis on friendship, I would say that this book did a good job on emphasizing the value of friendship and it also focused on loyalty and bravery. And when I say bravery, it’s not just being brave in facing the future, but also in facing and accepting the past.
Sam’s friends, Keely, Howie and Leo really stepped up in this book. They all showed bravery in their own ways. I really enjoyed following each of their adventures and missions. This book is jam-packed with adventures! I adored Howie because despite all the bad things happening in the story, his character managed to still give humor to it. I also admired the other characters such as Captain Teren, Galatin, Jey, Mavery (she’s still one of my favourites) and a whole lot more!
Again, this book has no boring part. I totally enjoyed reading it.
If you have read the Red Sun, and enjoyed it, I’m urging you to read Kalifus Rising ASAP.
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