Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: Polarities (Pendomus #2) by Carissa Andrews

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Polarities (Pendomus #2)
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publisher: Author
Pages: Kindle; 310
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Author
Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who loved the first book, and are looking for more of Runa's story!

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Runa, the prophesied Daughter of Five needs to learn how to master herself, or all of Pendomus will perish.

In a world where mythical creatures are either controlled, or on the brink of extinction – a prophecy reveals there’s one who can restore balance. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

Separated from the only people who’ve had her back—as well as the love of her life, Traeton—Runa must go on a quest alone to uncover what it means to be human, as well as the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic book — the Caudex — as her guide, but it’s not giving up its answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries? The fate of the entire word rests on her shoulders and her ability to push through all of the challenges set her way.

Will she learn what she needs to step into her role as savior? Or will everything be derailed by her desire to get back to her friends?

Well, I can definitely tell you all right now that this second book does not suffer one bit from "middle book syndrome". If anything, Polarities has secured my interest in Andrews'beautiful Sci Fi adventure. If you read my first review, you probably know that I was pretty excited for this sequel. After falling in love with Runa, and finding myself entrenched in mythology surrounding her home, I couldn't wait to dive back in. I'm pleased to announce that it was well worth the wait.

Polarities picks up right where the last book left off, with poor Runa struggling to understand her newest predicament. I immediately remembered why I adored her so much, as I watched her strength and wit start to come back to her. Much like the first book, it takes a few pages to settle back into the groove of things. However once I had taken a few moments to reorient myself in Runa's world, I was ready for everything that came next. Adventure, mystery, danger and, of course, that amazing character growth that I was looking forward to.

This book is also dual narrated between Runa and Traeton but, quite rightly, Runa gets the majority of the spotlight. Navigating the trials that are thrown at her, almost constantly, makes for intense reading. I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, loved that some of the older characters were more fleshed out thist time around, and did a bit of tearing up for the ones that we'd lost. Better still, Runa's true powers start to come to the surface here. I always knew that she was a strong individual but man, there was so much more to learn. By the ending I was slack jawed, and so ready for the next book!

I'll admit, I'm really impressed with Polarities. It shines, even as a sequel, and really pushes the story forward beautifully. You can tell that Andrews' has put a lot of love into Runa's journey, and the ending will probably leave you with the same sense of longing that I had. Once again I'll say that if you are looking for a fun and easily accessible Sci Fi series, this is it! I'm ready for more.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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