Aralorn, Book 2 / Sianim, Book 4
Synopsis: Shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn leads a dangerous existence. Now she must return home for her noble father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, they find he’s not dead, but ensorcelled by the ae’Magi, using him as a conduit to destroy Aralorn and Wolf. She must overcome this mysterious mist or fall to the blackest of magic.
Review: I was really surprised by this book (Yes I’m lucky for now). The first book was really nice but I confess that some parts were a little too long for my taste, and therefore it was a little difficult for me. So I was expecting the same feelings for this novel, but it wasn’t the case. Indeed, I get into the story from the start until the end. This time, not long parts, no, it is the total opposite. The story isn’t boring at all, and I read the book quite quickly.
We can feel that the author’s writing style is more accomplished, and the text is more complex than the first book. Patricia Briggs explains to us before the story that she used a lot of points in this roman for her other books, and that we can find them easily. But I confess I get so much into the story that I didn’t see any similarities with other novels. But now after a few days, they may be some details that come to my mind, but I’m not sure.
We can find our Aralorn and Wolf in the castle of Lion, trying to elude the new problems. It was a pleasure to follow their new adventures. When I think at the end of the first volume, I hoped to learn more about the Aralorn’s family and about Lyon, my wish was granted. Not only we meet her whole family but we can also learn some information about her childhood and the reason of her departure. It was cute to see Wolf and our heroine closer. We were waiting that for so long, despite it’s always a little difficult for them. They are now both more mature and they know what they want for their lives.
What about the story? It was a pleasure to follow the mystery of the Lion’s death. We suspect what’s going on, but wolf and Aralorn’s hypothesizes are well conceived and we agree with them each time. Finally, even if we know some elements, we stay surprised when we learn the true.
I haven’t read book two and three of the Sianim’s series, but I can say that now I would be curious about them. But I confess I would prefer a third volume for our Aralorn. It must be difficult to change for another character now I enjoy this one.