Darrak's magical adventure that began in The Lost Heir takes a gripping twist in the second novel of Andi O'Connor's trilogy - The Dragonath Chronicles!With the aid of Andillrian, Ipzaag, Selantia, and Anarra, Darrak continues his fight to save Earth and Dragonath from the destruction of Halla Magic. But after the appearance of a dragon who could change the tide of war inDarrak's magical adventure that began in The Lost Heir takes a gripping twist in the second novel of Andi O'Connor's trilogy - The Dragonath Chronicles!With the aid of Andillrian, Ipzaag, Selantia, and Anarra, Darrak continues his fight to save Earth and Dragonath from the destruction of Halla Magic. But after the appearance of a dragon who could change the tide of war in their favor, Darrak learns that not everyone’s oath to protect him was genuine. Deserted by two of his companions and facing a cunning and powerful army, Darrak realizes the enemy forces no longer answer to their former master.A darker power has emerged from the shadows.Payton Niemel has returned, and his intense hatred for Darrak’s ancestors remains. He will stop at nothing to finish what he began centuries before; to destroy the Keera bloodline and claim dominance over all of Dragonath. And this time, he has the power to see it done....
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I haven't read the first book in the series so the book opens up with Darrak tied up and gagged after having been tortured for days by a group who has kidnapped him. He's hopeless because he thinks that his group of people were slaughtered by these men but is surprised later when they mount an attack to rescue him. Having successfully rescued Darrak the group continues on their journey to get Darrak to safety. Darrak is the lost heir of his bloodline and has recently been rescued from Earth and brought to Dragonath when a spell is cast to destroy the earth using Halla magic. There's a lot of hatred for Darrak's ancestors and when an old ruler, Niemel, is brought back to life he is set on getting rid of Darrak and taking over Dragonath. Garenth who originally summons Niemel to help him loses control of the situation as Niemel takes over more and more. Niemel eventually enlists Mionee to do his bidding, blackmailing her to kill Garenth. Though Garenth has been abusing Mionee for months now, raping and beating her every night, Mionee tries at first to resist having to give into Niemel. She regrets her previous actions that all led up to the current situation and left the Earth to it's death but has no choice in the face of Niemel's evil and power. Things get even messier when a dragon appears to swear it's allegiance to Darrak based on an old oath made between their ancestors. Though the dragon's had previously tried to offer their help they had been turned away and the rulers lied that the dragons didn't follow through on their promises leading to hatred for dragons through out the lands. Darrak's traveling mate Ipzaag has a hard time believing that he has been lied to about dragons and abandon's his vow to take Darrak to safety to go investigate the matter, breaking the trust between the two. Ipzaag's apprentice Anarra leaves with him, hurting Darrak who thought they were in love with one another and who must now try to figure out who he can rely on.I really enjoyed this book actually, even though through a lot of it I wasn't sure 100% what was going on because I haven't read the first one. I really enjoyed the writing and I liked a lot of the characters, they all felt very real and complex. The story telling was really great also, and things unfolded at such a good pace that I was engaged the whole time. The only thing that made me uncomfortable was the descriptions of the rape and abuse like at the beginning where Darak talks about being forced to eat his own vomit or when Mionee is imagining being raped by Garenth and Niemel at the same time, I had a pretty visceral reaction. I definitely want to go back and read the first book in the series now though.
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I would recommend reading book one before starting this one.The story starts straight from where book one finishedThere are plenty of twists and turns, with the characters full of depth.Great fantasy read.
O'Connor doesn't fail to deliver in the second installment of the Dragonath Chronicles. Awakening provides the readers with continued action, suspense, twists and turns, and character depth O'Connor's readers have come to expect. The protagonists continue their journey through Dragonath, pushing forth into the unknown, not only of their mission, but within their relationships with one another. Betrayal, trust, and interpersonal relationships are core themes within the story line, but do not take center stage above the action sequences and internal reflection the characters endure. The plot moves exceptionally well and leads the reader through the minds of the characters as they deal with hardships, revel in victory, and suffer sorrow and defeat. Once again, the reader is drawn into the minds and feelings of each character as they struggle with themselves and those around them. I found myself readily identifying with different characters in different ways, seeing how the real-life problems of the modern world play out in the realm of fantasy. Not only was this story an exceptional read, but caused a great internal reflection on my part once enduring the empathy that was drawn from the characters.We see new characters come to the aid of both side of the penultimate struggle against good and evil, as well as seem others leave us and betray the trust we put in them in the first installment of the series. I found myself taking sides in the debate, and rooting for certain party members as the story unfolded. Tragedy struck in my heart when a characters was lost or personal relationships took a turn for the worst. Though there is goodness in the story as well. The relationships between characters evolve and change as the characters themselves do. As a reader, I always wanted to know what happened next found myself disappointed when I had to put the story down. The balance and transition between scenes, locations, characters, plot devices, action and drama sequences is perfect and unparalleled with what one has come to be at the forefront of popular novels. The depth and sincerity of the characters and their actions and their emotions takes the reader on an unprecedented ride of their life that they can truly enjoy not only as a reader, but a participant in the action and emotions displayed for the consumption of the reader.I highly recommend the second installment of the Dragonath Chronicles: Awakening to not only any lover of fantasy, but those of suspense, action, thriller, dark fantasy, and romance, as all of these genres are effortlessly woven into the fabric of the tale. A true joy to read and experience!
*I received this book via NetGalley* Right after the opening scene of Darrak's rescue, I found this book hard to read. The writing was choppy, and many times, it was hard to know which character was speaking. The scenes didn't flow well either, but that could be due to the formatting. DNF. Sorry!
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier.Synopsis:Darrak’s continues his adventures on Dragonath. He is rescued by his friends from the Dréyan raiders who held him prisoner. Now free, he continues on his quest to save Earth and the purple sunned Dragonath from black magic known as Halla. The addition of a dragon who pledges her service to Darrak should have been a boost to moral, but dragons aren’t trusted. Here, Darrak learns the limits of peoples oaths to protect him. Two of his friends desert him.Meanwhile, the traitorous Mionee has come to regret her decisions. She has been rendered powerless by the tyrannical Garenth. When Garenth summons the evil Payton Niemel from the dark underworld, she is given a Hobson’s choice: let Garenth kill her and her unborn child, or kill Garenth and become Niemel’s servant.Review:Awakening is the second book of The Dragonath Chronicles. Written in the style of classic high fantasy, Andi O’Connor’s writing style has greatly matured. Dialogue is much smoother, and she handles the subplots with great skill. Just as impressive is the evolution of her characters. All of them are facing their demons and are growing stronger. One is almost immediately drawn to Mionee Un’Meldé. A traitor in The Lost Heir, she becomes sympathetic as she realizes what she has unleashed and, for all her power, can’t stop it. Darrak is coming to grips with his own powers and his place in this new world.Awakening will be a great read for lovers of high fantasy, with a well developed magic and well thought out world building.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.At the time, I didn't realize this was the second book in a series and since I haven't read the first book, it was just a little bit confusing at first. It took me a while to get into the story because I was a bit confused about some of the things happening, but overall it could have been a worse experience on my behalf.I really enjoyed Awakening, and numerous times throughout the story I was struck by how some of the characters reminded me very much of some of Terry Goodkind's characters. Some of the themes and ideas are even similar to some extent, and perhaps this is partly why I did enjoy the book.While O'Connor's writing style is very easy to read and I found only a handful of grammar errors, in the large picture Awakening was just a wee bit difficult to get through. There are a lot of characters involved in this story which means there was a lot going on. Some of the names are a bit unique which for me made it a bit difficult to keep track of what was going on with who. I felt it was just a little lacking in character development for this reason. I'm looking forward to picking this book up again sometime to read it through once more so hopefully I can follow along better. I would consider reading the first novel as well as future stories in the series.
Andi does it again, her second installment of The Dragonath Chronicles: "The Awakening" is compelling and captivating. She has a talent for making her words come to life before our eyes. She picks up where the first novel ends and continues the draw and intrigue she created in "The Lost Heir." I love the new elements she adds (not going to spoil it). She takes classic elements and creates something new. Her story is unique and characters are realistic even if they are based in a fantasy world. I cannot wait to see what she has next for us.
The story takes place well and leads the reader through the psychology of the characters and their evolution.Not only this story was a fabulous reading, but caused great reflection.I highly recommend the second installment of Dragonath Chronicles.