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In this the second book of the series, the main character "Thomas" has further developed his knowledge of magic and of weaponry. I can advise that the entire series is for mature readers and that some of the scenes are rather graphic but suit the dark nature of one of the combatants. I found that the book was hard to put down. If you have read the first book and liked it, then you'll also enjoy this one.
I have read the first three books. In each one the author portrays all the females as smarter than the males. Stronger than the males and can twist men around their fingers any time they wish. This includes Kings, fathers, husbands and any other male. All the females use underhanded methods to manipulate all the males. Equality of the genders is a fine idea but the author has created a world where only females ever have the correct view of things. It is main theme in all three books. It gets very tiresome. The main character finds he has a type of nature magic however in 7 years of having this power barely learns anything about it. In the story his grandparents are supposedly teaching him about this power/magic. Even though the author claims the main character is so gifted in the power he is one in ten million the main character barely scratches the surface in 7 years. The story drags and drags. I finally gave up and will not be buying anything from this author again.
I really wanted to like this series, but I will not be going further. Several reasons. First, about 12 seconds have been spent on trading a person who is supposed to fight and beet the strongest evil in the land. Hmmmm. Next, there is no direction, at least in this book. Also, paying full price for a 2 he read.... not good. Lastly, spoiler alert, why no would in the last fight? He is supposed to be with him all the time, and was with him 2 pages before, really inconsistent, and bugged me.
I found the second book of this series to be uncommonly short, however, that does not lessen its story. I think the author has struck upon an interesting tale which he intends to extend into a long series. I look for ward to the main character having a long life.