Today, we're proud to be a part of the Rise of the Arcane Fire tour organized by Shane at Itching for Books!
We're reviewing Kristin Bailey's Rise of the Arcane Fire, the second book in the Secret Order series!
Published February 4th 2014 by Simon Pulse
Format read: E-ARC via Edelweiss
ISBN: 1442468025 (ISBN13: 9781442468023)
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
This is a fun, thrilling sequel to Meg's adventures, and I guarantee that you're going to want to read it NOW. (Because hey, it's out!)
Things that worked:
She quickly catches up readers with Meg, and the life that Meg's settled into after the events of the last book. However, it's not long before she throws readers back into the action, with Meg reconnecting with Will, working to learn more about the Amusementists and trying to establish her overall place in the Order.
Bailey's world is beautifully paced as she follows Meg's growth throughout this second adventure, including as Kazhy of My Library in the Making mentions, having Meg and Will recognize that love isn't enough to sustain long-term growth, and it's important to grow while apart, as they finally get to who they want to be.
Things that didn't work/Things to consider:
More of everything - the world, Meg's story, more characters, simply so I could stay in Kristin's world for a little while longer.
However, Kristin Bailey's fabulous Rise of the Arcane Fire (and really, the series in general), has me rethinking that decision completely. This book was wonderfully written, full of twists, turns and excitement, all of which made me regretfully checking the read counter on my kindle, and hoping the book wouldn't end.
I recommend this book for both science fiction and fantasy fans, but also for readers looking to try out of their favorite genres. Kristin Bailey's writing will have you questioning why you didn't do it earlier.
About the author:
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.