Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 230 pages
Rating: B List
Blurb: Sequel to Capture
Torsere: Book Two
After the defeat of the Lowland Army at Torsere and with King Seran on the run, King Ryneq and his sister, Cerylea, continue their journey to the Elven City of Alel to proceed with the union of the two realms. Fully recovered from his injuries and newly announced as King Ryneq’s Consort, Nykin returns to his duty as a Dragon Rider in the King’s army. He and Ryneq have little opportunity to celebrate their union, but make the most of their time together before leaving for Alel. Since the ambush at Neest River destroyed the main bridge, traveling by ship is the only option. An unusual storm threatens their crossing, making Ryneq wonder if some new magic is rising against them.
As the wedding between Cerylea and the Elven prince Morkryn approaches, the dragons sense a malevolent presence. To protect the young couple’s fragile bond, Nykin and his dragon, Fimor, take to the skies, setting up a patrol along the border of the magical city. But as the evil grows more potent, the enchanted boundary grows weaker. Ryneq and Nykin must combine their strength to protect their people from Seran’s extreme plot for reveng
Review: You really have to read the first book in the series , Capture before you start on this story. There is too much background and world building. Capture is a fun book so go get that book and then come back.
The epic story continues in the second installment. We learn a lot more about the elves as our intrepid couple spends time in the elven city of Alel for Princess Cerylea and Prince Morkryn’s wedding. We have more dangerous adventures. And most importantly, we have more dragon time!
Prince Ryneq and newly announced King’s Consort Nykin are adjusting to married life. Events push up Cerylea’s wedding so the guys have barely had their own celebration before they’re rushing to Alel. Both are going to have to adapt to the changes their new status creates in their lives. It’s a huge change for Nykin, who went from orphaned dragon rider to living in the castle with Ryneq. But Nykin really wants to make a life together with his King.
The elves are awesome. We see more of their friends from the first book and meet a whole bunch more once they get to Alel. I loved the descriptions of the city and how their magic works, they’re very connected to nature to the point the two are intertwined in numerous ways. Also, their magic is purple! I know. Right? And they are all gorgeous, of course, but also very kind and welcoming.
Fimor is his usual wise and bad ass dragon self. He is called upon to save the day more than once and he’s very cool about the curiosity of the elves about dragons and their magic. The bond between Nykin and Fimor must be stronger than ever if everyone is going to survive the tricks of their enemies.
This series is a lot of fun and very sweet. I really appreciated that most of the drama was from the situation and not from stupid misunderstandings or miscommunications. Everyone is an adult and they are dealing with treachery and war, they don’t waste their time getting hurt feelings or storming off in a huff. The world building is very well done. Hopefully I won’t have to wait long for my next visit to Torsere and Alel, where we get to ride Fimor.
Reviewed by Nina