Monday, September 7, 2015

Red (True Reign #2) - Review

Red (True Reign #2)

By: Jennifer Anne Davis

Published: February 13, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing

352 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Sentenced to be executed.

Betrayed. Alone.

Hung on the gallows.

Rema thought her life was over, but she was wrong.

Saved by a rebel force she’d only ever heard rumors about, Rema finds herself in a forbidden place. She is finally safe—free from the king and Prince Lennek. But not everything is as it seems at the rebel fortress. Secrets are whispered, and loyalties are tested. Once Rema uncovers the truth of her heritage, will she flee? Or will she ascend to the throne, taking on the responsibility of an entire kingdom?

Now that Darmik knows Rema’s true identity, he’s on a quest to save her. But when an Emperion assassin arrives on Greenwood Island, Darmik knows he doesn’t have very long to find her. In a deadly game with high stakes, will Darmik remain loyal to his family? Or will he break away and join the rebels?

Kingdoms rise and fall.

Heroes are born and made.

But one thing remains the same—love conquers all.
Continuing on from book one, The Key, this story is told from alternating POV's of Rema, the horse breeder's niece and Prince/Commander of Greenwood Island, Darmik. Rema has been through quite a scary ordeal at the end of book one and book two picks right back off in the same scene. The last chapter of book one is the first chapter of book two. I liked that because it brought me straight into the terror of what Rema is going through.

There's so much to say and yet if I say too much, it'll give away too much from the first book and potentially ruin some things for the reader. Suffice it to say that I continue to love this story about kings being overthrown, about finding the rightful heir, about romance between two unlikely people who should be enemies, about betrayal and loyalty. This series has everything that makes a Young Adult Fantasy story a winner in my book!

Rema is not some weak silly girl. She's got true grit and determination. She's kind and thoughtful and yet has a fire about her which comes out when she stands up for what she believes is right. She's an awesome heroine! Darmik is the second son of a ruthless king who rules with fear and oppression versus respect and honor. Darmik is the younger brother of a nasty, spiteful, arrogant and evil Crown Prince. Despite the loyalty he feels towards them and the love he has for them because they are family, he will rise to the challenge of doing what's right for the kingdom and its people. He is a true Hero.

Books one and two both have an ending that immediately made me HAVE to read the next book! So even though book one was a FREEBIE (when I purchased it), I had no problems whatsoever purchasing books two and three!

If you love Young Adult fantasy and romance, similar genre series like The Remnant Chronicles and His Fair Assassin, then this is a MUST read for you!

Favorite Quotes:
There was value in listening to the citizens, in treating others with respect and compassion.

"Remember," Trell whispered to Darmik, "her blood ties everything together. She is the weapon you need for peace."

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4.5 stars!

Check out my review of book one, The Key. (4.5 stars)


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