Release Day Launch - The Sword of Souls (Forgotten Relics #2) by Ellie Di Julio ~ Brianna's Review and Giveaway!
*I would like to thank the author for providing me with an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.*
It has been quite a while since I read the first book in the Forgotten Relics series. Therefore, I was a bit nervous when I started this installment, as I wasn’t sure if I’d remember much of what was going on. As it turned out, I didn’t have to worry much about that, as the story took off at a really nice pace, and I never felt like I was forgetting crucial information.
I remembered liking Cora from reading the first novel, and those feelings were strengthened in this story. She was really likable, with a sassy attitude, and a good amount of determination, humor, and strength. Plus, in this book, Cora learned some rather enlightening things about herself, and it only makes me more eager to see how things play out for her in the following books in this series.
The side characters were really varied, but only two were really explored. There was of course Jack, who I felt pretty bad for in this book. In the end, however, I decided he was still as great for Cora as ever, and I’m hoping that things will progress for them sooner rather than later. Then, there was Sophie. With a sad backstory and her conflicted feelings about trusting people, I found I really liked her. She was funny, strong, and ultimately a caring person. There were a few other side characters in this novel, but to say a lot about them would involve spoilers. Let’s just say that the characters in this series aren’t all black and white, and some of the people who are supposed to be good really aren’t.
The plot of this story involved a drug that was taking people to Faerie, a dark sword, romance, and ties to people who ultimately weren’t right to be tied with. There was action, lots of great mythology, and the doom of the impending apocalypse. The pace never slowed enough for me to get bored, but there were times when the point of view shifted from first to third-person and back again, which I found a bit distracting.
Overall, I really liked this book. There were all sorts of myths and gods, and quite a bit of action. This series has some likable characters, and others who aren’t particularly moral. There are legendary relics, betrayals, and even some romance. I do recommend it to people looking for a relatively quick, mythology-based fantasy series.
Other books in the series . . .
Zara Carter has never fit in at in Runaway Heights, a secret community of teens hiding from their own personal hells. No one has been worth the risk of opening her heart. After years of strangers and hurt, it's safer to keep it locked up.
Things would've stayed that way had it not been for the inkpen, a device that pushes Zara's artistic talents firmly into the realm of magic. The tattoos she creates come to life, and each design gives her a taste of her deepest desire: a heart filled with hope and love.
But power like that doesn't go unnoticed. Assigned to the classified Supernatural Cases Division, Agent 97's feelers are out, searching the decaying industrial town for a wild girl with a remarkable talent that could change the world.
If only he could catch her.
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Average family. Average job. Average existential crisis.
After thirty boring years, nothing about Cora Riley’s life has measured up to her childhood dreams of being truly extraordinary. It’s too bad that the night she decides to seek out her specialness she crashes on a rural highway.
Cora wakes in the clutches of the Mistress of the underworld who sets her a seemingly impossible quest. If she wants a second chance at life, Cora must find her way through the dozen heavens and return to the castle in three days.
With the help of an unusual guardian angel named Jack and a little boy named Xavier, Cora navigates the afterlife doorfield and quickly learns that gods and monsters are very real indeed. Terrifying and tempting obstacles litter her path; only the power of belief – in the Otherworld, in her companions, and in herself – will return her to the land of the living.
The Transmigration of Cora Riley is the first novel in the Forgotten Relics urban fantasy series. It brings together the primary heroes, Cora and Jack, and lays out the system of gods, monsters, humans, and belief that shapes the world. Themes of trust, doubt, and redemption are interwoven with mythology both new and old to create a story that reminds the reader there’s always more to what we think we know.
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Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in Hamilton, Ontario with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike husband and their two cats. Between nerd activities like playing Final Fantasy IX or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen and tries to figure out what it's all about, when you really get down to it. She also writes urban fantasy novels and short stories riddled with pop culture references, peculiar memories, and sexy secret agents.
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