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Book Review: Palom

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“Moroda’s life is thrown into turmoil after she is publicly arrested—her city is destroyed and she narrowly escapes the chaos on a sky pirate’s airship. But she finds no salvation outside the blackened city walls; a vigilante from an exiled race has left a trail of destruction everywhere his growing army has travelled. With compulsion at his fingertips, he strengthens his hold over Linaria’s people by stealing the power of dragons. It’s only a matter of time before she, too, is forced to submit.

With war nipping at her heels and danger lurking in her companions and adversaries, Moroda must quickly learn about herself, her world, and the dragons so intent on reducing it all to ash.”

Title: Palom

Series: World of Linaria #2

Author: L.L. MacRae

Page Count: 374

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: November 4th, 2022

Anyone keeping up on my reads would realize I just finished book one of the World of Linaria last month. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get to the second book in November due to so much going on but it ended up fitting perfect into one of my readathon prompts so I quickly slid it into the TBR.

Even though book two was quite a bit different, it still kept to the overall feel from book one. It just seemed a bit darker and slowly building to what felt like inevitable tragedy. I dropped the author a note about midway through just to share my observation of this and how I felt so strongly for our characters in this book. There was so much struggle and burden being felt by so many of them. I still felt the first book had a lot more edge of your seat waiting for the next thing to happen where this was more of a steady burn as we really began to learn so much more about the characters. .

As I just mentioned the character building in book two was just great in my opinion. Sure we already met many of these characters but we deep dive into what makes them who they are in this installment. We see light shined on internal struggles as well as how strained so many of the relationships are for several of our characters.

The pacing was smooth. This was the second book in this series that I knocked out in just a couple of days. They aren’t long by any means but they aren’t super short either. They just flow from page to page so well for me.

The world build expanded not just in scope but like our characters in depth. We learn much more about several regions only really mentioned previously. And the region that Amarah and Kohl end up in is described so well. This was definitely one of the edge of your seat moments for me!

To sum this up, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I hope to continue reading and enjoying it.

I’d recommend this book and this series so far to just about anyone looking for an easy read epic fantasy. We have dragons, races that shapeshift into animals (which is comical at times but ultimately so cool!), action/fighting and a good sprinkle of political intrigue along with different types of magic!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Character Development 5/5

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