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Gold (Bandia Series #2)

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by Talia Vance
 

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The Sons of Killian have hunted my ancestors for centuries. The same way they hunt me now. Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud

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The Sons of Killian have hunted my ancestors for centuries. The same way they hunt me now. Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began. Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the younger Austin—who she meets a thousand years back in time—Brianna begins to wonder if altering the past could change her future. But when Brianna and the present-day Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to combine their magical strength to avoid a tragic destiny.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Brenna Shanks
This sequel to Silver (Flux/Llewellyn, 2012) opens with a war brewing between the old Irish gods and the descendants of the humans who exiled them. Brianna Paxton, a witch and the descendant of the goddess Danu, is caught in the middle. She feels no particular loyalty to either side, especially since both want to use her to their own advantage. To make matters more confusing, Brianna is attracted to men on both sides: Blake, a Son of Killian, and Austin/Arawn, the god of the underworld. While it is not too hard to pick up the story line, readers would benefit from reading the first book, especially if they want to understand the relationships between the characters and their supernatural affiliations. Narrative jumps between past, present, and future slow the plot and make it a little difficult to track, although the time-travel sequences hint at Brianna and Austin's eventual destiny. The first-person narrative is strong, if a bit distant, and the chemistry between Brianna and Austin packs some heat. The ending leaves things open for another installment. Teens looking for another paranormal love triangle and fans of the first book will like this. Sexual situations and violence may make it more appropriate for public libraries and high schools than for middle or junior high schools. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
Kirkus Reviews
After the climactic battles that ended Silver (2012), teen bandia Brianna Paxton heads to rural Ireland but finds she can escape neither her destiny nor her many pursuers. There are a variety of supernatural orders and creatures involved in what becomes a push toward a new fight. Most--Sons of Killian, giolla, gods, Milesians, bandia--were introduced in the previous volume, but with few reminders as to what each group wants and what their powers may be, readers have a lot of work to do keeping track. The central figures here are Brianna, who narrates, and Austin, the god Brianna banished to the underworld at the end of the previous volume. Brianna is staying in Austin's castle home to hide from the Sons of Killian when Austin mysteriously returns as a mortal. With the additions of some time travel, a dangerous god, a new bandia and the discovery that both Austin and Brianna are losing their powers, the story moves forward dramatically, even if the rules of magic and time travel aren't entirely clear. Where the book shines is in the smoldering will-they-won't-they exchanges between Brianna and Austin, whose chemistry is intense despite Austin's having been both a god and an enemy. Light on worldbuilding but full of steamy romance. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738734712
Publisher:
North Star Editions
Publication date:
09/08/2013
Series:
Bandia Series , #2
Pages:
393
Sales rank:
1,389,351
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Talia Vance (Northern California) has worked as a horse trainer, a freelance writer, and an attorney. Her YA novel Spies and Prejudice is being published by Egmont in 2013.

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Gold 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean the group l.o.f.t
Sailon More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, within the first few chapters of this book all my expectations of the direction of this story were proven wrong. Yes, that turned out to be a great thing! Brianna is running for her life being hunted by the Sons of Killian. She goes to Austin Montgomery's estate. They same Austin that she banished back to hell. Accidentally touching her bracelet charm to a rock on the estate, Brianna opens a portal in time to an early Austin and Austin before the god fued. A new god player appears opening a new seat of power...drawing all the mystical beings and demi-gods to the area of Brianna's refuge. Sides will be drawn, the future of the world lies in her hands, can Brianna find the correct path before she looses everything? Brianna is amazing, even when facing down gods she doesn't waiver in her resolve. Both Austin and Blake are back and the mess of Brianna's tormented love life plays out before us.  This story was amazing. I was unsure at first but found myself swept away in a world were gods are still vying for power, mystical creatures roam among us and a girl named Brianna will battle for the good of all even against insurmountable odds.  I loved this story. I was entirely emotionally invested and utter devastated by some of the plot twists Talia Vance threw our way.  Gold is a marvelously written contemporary fantasy interwoven with ancient Irish lore to create this fantastic must read story. This ARC copy of Gold was given to me by Flux Book in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 1, 2013.  Written by: Talia Vance Series: Bandia Sequence In Series: 2 Paperback: 408 pages Publisher: Flux  Publication Date: September 8, 2013 ISBN10: 0738734713 ISBN13: 9780738734712 Rating: 5 Age Range: Tween + Genre: Fantasy Romance
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Gold by Talia Vance Book Two of the Bandia series Publisher: Flux Publication Date: September 8, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began. Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end. What I Liked: I won Silver from Talia and A.L. Davroe last year, and I read it almost immediately upon receiving the book. I really liked the fresh concept, the Irish mythology, and the crazy characters! Brianna is a unique heroine in Young Adult literature, for better and for worse. I liked her, and I liked Blake. There is a love triangle presented in Silver, but at the end of Silver, Talia makes it clear who Brianna chooses. Or so I thought. It's just like Crown of Midnight. In the first book, I was all Team Dorian. The second book? Team Chaol forever and always! Gold completely changed my mind about Austin. I love Austin so much in this book, and not just as a love interest. He really developed into a solid, trustworthy character that Brianna relies on for help and support. And other things... Brianna is in Ireland, trying to run away from the Sons of Killian, and Blake. She's pretty sure Blake hates her, and he doesn't trust her. Add on the fact that the next time she sees him, he's bonded with a different Bandia, and that's the last straw for Brianna. Blake doesn't deserve Brianna - that much is clear. You may not think Austin does either, from Silver, but in this book, some of the things that he did are explained. Brianna finds a rift in time, at Austin's castle/mansion. She goes back in time and finds the younger Austin, from centuries back. This is how the Austin of now knew here and pursued her - because he fell in love with her back then, when she stepped through the rift in time. Anyway. The plot and action in this book is nonstop. The beginning is a tiny bit slow, but it's balanced by Brianna's confusion about her feelings toward Blake, and Austin. The climax of the book is a final showdown kind of climax, in which everyone comes together and meets for one final battle. In a way. Read it and you'll see what I mean! The romance is amazing in this book! Like I said before, I was rooting for Blake before. Actually, at the very beginning of Silver, I was rooting for Austin, but by the end of Silver, I was all for Blake. Throughout Gold, not once did I waver - I was all for Austin. There are some STEAMY scenes between Austin and Brianna - I was so happy to see that turn in their relationship! The ending... well, see the next section. I kind of love and hate the ending. It's a good ending in terms of the conflicts in the book, between the Sons and the Bandia and the demigods and whatnot. But it's a horrible ending in terms of the romance. What I Did Not Like: There was only one big thing that I didn't like about this book... and that was the ending. Sort of. I liked the ending, but I absolutely hated it. If, by the end of the book, you're still Team Blake (How?!How could you be?!), then you won't care. If you're a convert like me, or have always been Team Austin... then prepare to have your heart broken. I'm trying not to spoil anything, but I cannot believe Talia would do that to Austin and Brianna. I knocked off a star because of that ending. And the fact that there are no more novels to this series (this was the last one!) makes it worse. It's permanent. Unchangeable. Unbelievable. I'M SO SAD! Would I Recommend It: I would recommend this book, ESPECIALLY if you didn't like the first book. If you liked the first book, you'll read this one anyway. You must. If you weren't a fan of the first book... I have a feeling you'll like this one. It's more complex and deep and crazy and swoony! Rating: 4 stars. My heart hearts, but I seriously loved this book. PLEASE write one more with a happier ending, Talia, PLEASE. I'm begging. I don't beg. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
Ashley-at-Nook-of-Books More than 1 year ago
I have to start with the fact that I have not read the first in the series, Silver. This fact had nothing to do with how much I enjoyed this follow up. There were things I did not understand, but the author mixed a lot of the story line explanation of the first into the this so I feel like I have a good grasp as to what happened by the end of this. I am not sure how to classify this. It is mixed with both YA and NA elements so I guess I will just so with mature YA? I thought the idea behind the story was great. I love the Irish creatures and "magical" people. The plot kept great pace and I was enthralled from beginning to end. There was so many characters, but I did not have a hard time following them and I quickly fell in love with some and hated the others. The main show down was a little short and not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. That would be my main let down. Well. That and another event that happens, but I can't tell you anymore then it broke my heart. (I am hoping that this will be rectified in another novel.) This ended up being an original read. It did not feel like something I had read before. I loved the assortment of characters we are given from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the back stories and how well paced the plot was. I would recommend starting with the first. Maybe I will go back and read it myself, even though I will know what happens. If you like a magical/lore type book then this one is worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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