Book 2 of the Reagalos series
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Upon taking the throne as High Lord of Katraman and Liege of Scura, Lornyc Reagalos’s focus on rebuilding one city and reassuring another leaves little time for his husband, Methian. Added to that, he must contend with the unexpected revelation that his grandfather, Romanus, set up his own religion and named an enigmatic figure called The One as its deity. Through some twisted interpretation of the signs left by Romanus, the Cerulean Cult comes to believe Lornyc is their god and invites him to sanctify the Cult as part of its five-hundred-year anniversary.
During the Sanctification Ceremony, the Cult’s holy relic, an orb given to it by Romanus, is split, releasing an entity that tears a hole in the dimensions. The species that guards the dimensions, the Valen, force Lornyc to fix the breach, or they will have him extinguished.
Now as Lornyc faces a race through the different planes of existence to capture the escaped entity, he must rely on his own Valen guardians to help him. With Methian and his family by his side, Lornyc must fight to repair the damage or lose his life.
This was a great sequel to Servitude, taking up shortly after it left off. We are reintroduced to Lornyc, Methian, Kat, Vella and Tanis as well as make the acquaintance of a few new characters. They add to the epic feel of this novel – and it is epic! Traveling dimensions, being seen as a god, and navigating a new marriage in a new role, all take their tolls on Lornyc and Methian.
I loved that we see more of their relationship in this novel. This quote summed up their feelings greatly:
“It seemed an age since they’d spent time together like this, just the two of them being silly, and it reminded Lornyc of what had attracted him to Methian. The man was gorgeous, but if it had been a solely physical attraction, they’d have drifted apart years ago. No, Methian could make him happy at even the worst of times, make him feel like someone loved him for himself and not his name.”
The plot was good, if a little long. It’s kind of like “The Lord of The Rings” extended edition – good, and you enjoy it, but a condensed version would be better. Although it isn’t hugely long, it felt so. I found myself getting distracted and not totally engaged, even though I wanted to see what happened and how the story ended, and I cared about the characters. I understand, though, how difficult it would be to decide what to cut. This is just my opinion. I still loved the story and would love to see more of these characters in another adventure.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|