Title: Rising Frenzy (Men of Myth #2)
Author: Brandon Witt
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Heartbroken, angry, and hurting, warlock Finn de Morisco can feel darkness growing inside, altering every aspect of his life. There are moments when the man he used to be seems to have been devoured completely. Retreating from his family and everything he once held dear, Finn attempts to escape the despair left in the wake of Brett’s rejection—only to find dangers he never knew existed.
Still struggling with the decision to leave everything he knew behind, Brett Wright is swept into a maelstrom as he searches for his place within his newly discovered family. Life beneath the surface of the ocean should have been unlike anything he’s ever known, yet prejudice over his demon ancestry and homosexuality follows him. Even the existence he begins to build may not last as those he is learning to love face extinction.
Rising Frenzy is the second novel in the Men of Myth series by Brandon Witt. It picks up where Submerging Inferno left off and we get to see Finn and Brett after they have parted ways. Once again, this novel has its good points and its bad points and this review will echo many of the statements made in my previous review.
The positives are that the world Mr. Witt has created is fantastic. It has similar elements to Twilight, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, etc. Mr. Witt is even clever enough to admit when he uses similar characters/ideas in the novel itself. I loved it. I really enjoyed learning about the underwater world of the mermen. It was wonderful and imaginative. Rising Frenzy really did justice to this series in terms of world and character development.
Mr. Witt also did a great job developing Finn and Brett. Once again, I just don’t like either man. Brett is selfish and self centered and Finn is just pathetic and equally as self centered. But I can appreciate their journey and growth throughout the novel. Both men are struggling to find themselves and their place in this world, and Mr. Witt portrays that very well.
However, much like the first novel, this one is very slow and has way too much filler. It is not until the last 25% of the novel that any sort of plot presents itself. The first 75% reads as a “day in the life of” and is almost boring. The great imagery and interesting characters were the only things that saved this from being a DNF. I could not for the life of me figure out the purpose of this novel. Not until the last quarter that is, and then it picked up and became something that captured my interest. I want to know what is going to happen next, but I hope book 3 has more plot and moves faster than books 1 and 2.
Once again, I think this series has potential. It just needs to be broken down into smaller portions and presented differently. There is too much that distracts from the plot.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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