This is the second of 2 dates I am delighted to show you all the 2nd book in the Quicksilver Codex series by Kallysten. Lots of good things are happening on this mini-tour – and you don’t want to miss a thing. So – be sure that you check out the other tour stops!
About the Book:
On Foh’Ran, a parallel world in which a magical force called the Quickening rules the lives of humans and vampires alike, Vivien just won her first battle.
Raised on Earth, Vivien had no idea she was heir to Foh’Ran’s throne until Brad and Aedan, her bodyguards, revealed themselves to her and took her to her family’s ancestral castle. Her first confrontation with Rhuinn, the man who usurped her throne, ended as well as could be hoped and she won a few days of respite until she has to appear at the royal court again.
Before she does, however, she’ll need to break through her mental block and master the Quickening to prove herself a worthy daughter of Foh’Ran. She’ll also have to gain allies among Foh’Ran’s influential families. The most difficult part, however, might be to follow Aedan’s advice and learn to act like a queen when she’s still unsure whether she truly wants the throne, and would rather simply be Brad’s girlfriend.
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This book picks up where the first in the series leaves off, and it really would be beneficial to read this series in order. Vivien is struggling with a new way of living: as the entitled heir to the kingdom, yet completely unfamiliar with their ways: she must be able to convince the other challengers to the throne that she is both capable and desired as Queen.
Aside from challengers, her connection and love relationship with Bradan, one of her guards is strengthening, and she has come to some simple agreement with his twin, also her guard Aeden. In this story, Kallysten has managed to further develop the world, and we are learning about the world of Foh’Ran with Vivien. This serves to increase the tension for the reader: Vivien’s learning is imperative and provides a fuller picture; both broadly described and nuanced which aid in the reader’s visualization. There is much time devoted to Vivien’s internal struggles and insecurities: all completely logical for her situation, if not always understood by the only two who fully understand her dilemma: her bodyguards Bradan and Aedan.
Until the last 15% of the book or so, this is an almost wholly character driven story: action is mostly interpersonal. The story climaxes with a twist that will forever change the relationships and dynamics between the three, and places a whole new set of complications that will start to be explored in the next book. This is, like many of Kallysten’s books, a novella length series episode that is quick to devour and painful to wait for the next installment. I liked this more than the introduction to the series, the changes and development of the characters brought a deeper connection and understanding of them, while presenting them as admirable, but flawed people with good intentions.
I received an eARC of the book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
~ 5 stars ~
If you still are unsure if this series is for you – check out my review of Bodyguards, Quicksilver Codex # 1 by choosing this LINK
About the Author:
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers’ reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.