Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall Series #2)

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Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called ?charged and romantic.?

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he?s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn?t know how much longer he can last on his own.

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Overview

Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.”

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
With Audra off dealing with fallout from revelations in Let the Sky Fall (2013), Vane is stuck by himself figuring out how to be a sylph king on the verge of war. The sylph army known as the Gales desperately wants to use Vane and his Westerly winds as a weapon against power-hungry, one-note Raiden, but Vane knows the Westerly nature is too peaceful. Luckily, the Gales don't know that Audra also speaks Westerly, a result of the forbidden romance and magical bond between the two—another secret. They still hope Vane will fall for the last of the previous royal family and would be furious to know that the reason Vane broke off that arranged engagement was Audra. Meanwhile, Audra learns the dark secret to Raiden's strength. Conveying so much information causes the first act to progress slowly, resulting in weak tension until the vague stakes become specific and immediate. Tasked with many expository reveals, Audra's narration doesn't shine as brightly as Vane's chapters. Vane is a bundle of charming contradictions—protective yet pacifistic, nobly loyal yet unable to hear "haboob" (a type of dust storm) without boob jokes. Once characters deal with the ends-justify-the-means idea of sinking to Raiden's level to fight him and reach the fight scenes, the story becomes a page-turner right to a cliffhanger. Witty, romantic and filled with personality—after the slow start. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442450448
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Sky Fall Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 173,925
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade Keeper of the Lost Cities series and the young adult novels Let the Sky Fall and Let the Storms Break. She is also one of the founders and organizers of WriteOnCon, a free online Writer’s Conference for kidlit writers held annually in August. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.

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Let the Storm Break


  • It sucks to be king.

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I got a castle and servants and my face on a bunch of money.

But no, I get to be the king of a scattered race of mythical creatures that no one’s ever heard of. And they expect me to swoop in and defeat the evil warlord who’s been tormenting them for the last few decades. Oh, and hey, while I’m at it, I can marry their former princess and restore the royal line!

Yeah, thanks, I’ll pass.

I already told the Gale Force—my “army” or whatever—what they can do with their “betrothal.” And I’ve been tempted to tell them exactly where they can shove the rest of their little plans for my life.

But . . . it’s hard to stay angry when they keep giving me this desperate you’re our only hope look. And they’re all so full of stories about the things Raiden’s done to their friends and families, and the horrifying battles they’ve fought. Risking their lives to protect me.

The last Westerly.

The only one capable of harnessing the power of all four winds, twisting them into the ultimate weapon.

Well, they think I’m the only one.

Which is the other reason I’m playing along with the whole Your Highness thing.

I have someone to protect too. And I can do that much better as Vane Weston, king of the Windwalkers.

So I’ll follow their rules and train for their battles. But as soon as Audra comes back . . .

She left twenty-three days, seven hours, and twenty-one minutes ago—and yes, I’ve totally been counting. I’ve felt every second, every mile she’s put between us, like our bond has claws and teeth, tearing me apart inside.

And it’s been loads of fun trying to explain to the Gales why my guardian left me unprotected. Every day that passes makes the excuses I’ve given seem weaker.

I thought she’d be home by now.

I thought . . .

But it doesn’t matter.

Audra promised she’d come home—and I want to give her the time she needs.

So I’ll wait for her as long as it takes.

It’s the only choice I have.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    It's been almost a month since Audra left Vane, although the pul

    It's been almost a month since Audra left Vane, although the pull of their bond is strong for both of them.  Vane is trying to cover with the Guardians about why she left, knowing they will not approve of the truth.  Meanwhile, he is having trouble sleeping.  Every time he does, he has nightmares that are harder and harder to break.  For her part, Audra is running, chasing, heck even she doesn't know.  But she is trying to come to grips with her actions and recent revelations as well.

    However, the threat from Raiden keeps growing, and Vane and Audra are in his crosshairs.  Will they be able to keep their secrets from him?  Will they even survive their next confrontation?

    I was easing myself back into this book, enjoying being reminded of the fantasy world that Vane and Audra represent, when suddenly the book took a turn, and sucked me in.  It was all I could do to put it down, and I was always anxious to get back to it, even for a page or two, every chance I got.  You might say we bonded.

    Vane and Audra are still very strong characters in their own right.  I enjoy how the story develops from both of their first person points of view in alternating chapters.  It really works to keep us engaged in the story, and it is interesting to see the action from both of their sides.  I also liked how their relationship developed here.

    My only complaint?  The next book isn't out yet.

    I can't recommend starting with the first book enough.  You need it to fully enjoy this one.  But have this one handy because you'll want to jump into it as soon as you can.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Let the Storm Break was everything I was hoping for in the secon

    Let the Storm Break was everything I was hoping for in the second installment of the Sky Fall series by Shannon Messenger.

    We are taken back to Vane and Audra's world shortly after the end of book 1 - If you haven't read that, then turn around because there will be spoilers for that book in this review!

    Audra has left Vane to try and make sense of the betrayal she has had to come to terms with but she hasn't given up on Vane and their bond. I love that she’s both strong and really, really vulnerable and the thing that she finds out in book one only amplifies all of that. So now, she’s off trying to work things out for herself and runs into a few snags.

    Vane has no idea what Audra is doing... he waits for her though and tries to keep track of her through their bond. But Vane is also still dealing with trying to come to terms with who he is as well as the expectations that the Sylphs have for him as King. He hasn't slept in weeks because Raiden seems to be messing with him when he does and the only solution to that is Solana. Yup, his former betrothed. But I honestly didn’t dislike her.

    My love for Vane certainly didn’t diminish with this book either. I adored him in book one, I mean, he’s such a boy, and that carries into book two as well. He acts and speaks and reacts completely how I would expect a boy of his would and it’s so incredibly endearing.

    So… the dreaded love triangle. I don’t know what to say. I mean, it’s sort of there, but it’s also sort of not. I mean, Vane makes his choice quite apparent early on, and despite what everyone else wants or expects of him, really doesn’t waiver in his choice.

    Messenger gives readers an amazing book two in the Sky Fall series. With characters that jump off the pages, to a unique and wonderfully paced story filled with action, this series has everything I look for. Sprinkle in some romance, snark, and swoons and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

    One warning… there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book that will have you cursing the fact that you have to wait for book 3, but I’m telling you now, it’s worth the all the flails. This is a series that I’ve placed on my favorites shelf and if you haven’t started it, get going!!

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Shannon Messenger did an amazing job on Let the Storm Break. Thi

    Shannon Messenger did an amazing job on Let the Storm Break. This book was very well written and will suck you into the world of windwalkers! As soon as you start reading, you will not want to put it down. The story continues a bit after the adventures of Let the Sky Fall and continues to feature the strong bond between Audra and Vane. Let the Sky Falls fans will not be disappointed. Newcomers to the series may want to read the first book first. This book is perfect mix of romance and adventure interwoven into one! The twists and turns will keep readers hooked up until the very end *AHH CLIFFHANGERS!* and beg for more. I would absolutely recommend this  book and can't wait for book #3!

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    Where do I even begin with this book. I read Let the Sky Fall la

    Where do I even begin with this book. I read Let the Sky Fall last year and i was so into it, i did not put it down. When i found out there was going to be a sequel i couldn't be more excited. Shannon Messenger is an amazing writer, i love reading her books. I dont really know how to review the book since if i did i think i would spoil it for everyone. And that can't happen since everyone should read it! The ending will make you want to keep reading. Im happy i was reading this book when my family was going through hard times, it helped me escape my problems, traveling to a world where Vane and Audra are the main characters. Where i can believe there are WindWalkers. Continue the journey from Let the Sky fall to Let the Storm Break. Shannon Messenger doesnt disappoint in the sequel, she excels. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Shannon messenger once again leaves my mouth hanging open as I f

    Shannon messenger once again leaves my mouth hanging open as I finished vanes last words. Last year, over spring break, I was searching at Barnes and noble for a perfect romantic yet adventurous novel. There on the shelf, I gave Let The Sky Fall a chance and fell in love. I had to wait a whole year (very painful I might add), but it was worth the wait (not to be cheesy because everyone says that). Vane and Audra relationship takes on complications, but no wind powerful enough can keep them apart. And now I have to wait another year(sigh). I suggest if you haven't read It yet... Pick up that book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Sequels are hard things to write, and, sometimes to read. But t

    Sequels are hard things to write, and, sometimes to read.
    But this one was expertly done, and was just as good as it's predecessor, LET THE SKY FALL.
    LET THE STORM BREAK continues Audra and Vane's journey as they navigate different winds, which they both are able to control.
    These stories is so unique and original and I LOVED both of them!  And LTSB ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger!!
    So, long story short, I cannot wait for the next installment in this phenomenal series!

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

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    First of all, if you loved Let the Sky Fall, you're really going

    First of all, if you loved Let the Sky Fall, you're really going to love this one because guess what? This book is even better! The things that I liked about the first book were still there and there were things I didn't care much for that were done so much better in this one.

    I'll start with Vane. I didn't like him that much before, but now, I think he's an awesome character. He sure has grown. He grew a lot in book one, but in book two, he grew even more. He became more . . . mature. More determined. More responsible.

    Audra, too, changed a lot in both books. She still had many things to work on—of them being becoming more secure in her relationship with Vane—but she makes huge sacrifices in Let the Storm Break. I like her much more than I did before.

    The wind tricks, the danger, the tricks--they made this book really cool to read. The things the windwalkers do . . . they're huge. There were bigger fights. There were badder characters (Raiden finally made an appearance). There were harsher twists. Speaking of . . . why do authors have to be so mean? There were some pretty painful twists towards the end, and one in particular is going to make the wait for the next book in the series torturous.

    Overall, Let the Storm Break was a very good sequel. I felt like the characters were much better and the action was larger. I really liked how it ended—a bit of a cliffhanger—and the twists kept me engaged.

    I definitely recommend reading this series if you haven't started it already. It's a very cool and different series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

    Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    I loved this book and am dying that I have to wait for book 3. T

    I loved this book and am dying that I have to wait for book 3. There were chapters I was like OMG that did not just happen. and then there was the word Haboob. I am still laughing about that. This is a very romantic action packed book with epic battles. Shannon's words are visually stunning.




    Vane is developing into his new powers as a Sylph learning to harness the power of 4. He is bonded to Audra and that makes it awkward when his former betrothed steps into the picture. Vane still has eyes only for Audra but the Gale may not be so supportive.




    Audra is trying to figure out where her head is at after all that went down in book 1 Let The Sky Fall. She ends up finding herself in more trouble then clarity though. Audra is still strong, stubborn and powerful but soft around the edges especially when it comes to Vane.




    There is more great storms brewing in this sequel to Let The Sky Fall as well as great battles, deception, loyalty, forgiveness, sorrow, regret, love and jealousy. I loved the first book and this sequel lived up to the first book and then some. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars one of my favorite books.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    Absolutely phenomenal book First off I would like to note that I

    Absolutely phenomenal book
    First off I would like to note that I wouldn't be caught dead in the romance section at the bookstore or at the library, that said Shannon Messenger's Let the Sky Fall series is one of my all time favorites.
    Messenger does a masterful job of creating a story that is both action packed and romantic, but not to the point where the story is laden with testosterone and explosions or overly gushy.
    Additionally the dual perspective is one of my favorite parts of the novel, Messenger captures both sets of thoughts and emotions beautifully, I absolutely love how down to earth the characters are. I feel like I can personally relate to this book is so many ways it is probably saddening.
    I would definitely recommend this book, especially to fans of the Percy Jackson and Divergent series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    I like the pkot of this book and the characters. Shannon Messeng

    I like the pkot of this book and the characters. Shannon Messenger is an awesome author and has written so many good books.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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        I wanted to read Let The Storm Break because I enjoyed the w

        I wanted to read Let The Storm Break because I enjoyed the world building and Audra's character in the last one, as well as the bond they had since childhood that developed into romance. Not to mention that before I ever started the series, the beautiful covers caught my eye, and this one lives up to the first as well. 
       Let the Storm Break was just as action packed as the last one, filled with suspense on what monstrosities Raiden will come up with next. As well as how to keep the language of the Westerlies, the "lost" language of the West Winds, who they think Vane is the only one with knowledge of how to wield it, and then you can harness the power of the four winds together, northerlies, southerlies, easterlies and westerlies. In this book even more so than the last one, I was beginning to see how the wind is almost personified because it sings songs, and it is drawn to the people who master and have the heritage of their language. They have personalities that are similar as well. 
        Especially the relationship that Audra forms with some of the westerly drafts, their fierce loyalty really amazed me, and as they are known for non-violence they have their own strengths and it was neat as both Audra and Vane learned more about their natures and how to best use the westerlies. But even with the power of the four, Raiden has figured out something even worse, the power of pain. This turns into a nightmare for those who are trying to conquer him and the storm troopers, hoping for peace. 
         I still enjoyed the romance although this one picks up right after the last, where Audra has left for the time being, and I have to see how that hurts both of them to be apart. But it definitely serves a purpose because Audra learns things she never would have otherwise that ends up giving them an advantage. It also allows Vane to get to know some of the other Gales, the other slyphs that are helping to protect him. He is knee deep in the politics though--learning what it means to be a leader to these people he just met in this supernatural world that he is still new to. And there is also the matter of Solara. She is a complex character and I find myself feeling for her, respecting her and understanding where she is coming from, but I also get pretty angry even though I understand some of her motivations. 
         I think that Vane has grown a lot in this one, and really has stepped up to what needs to be done instead of being so stubborn and wasting time where he could be making advancements to protect the people that he cares about and other innocents who will be caught in the crossfire. I think that he has gained even more strength, physical as well, but mental and letting some of his refusals be firm and that is the quiet strength and balance that I think the world of the sylph needs just a bit more of. 
         There were a few other new characters besides the above mentioned Solara-the lost princess that Vane was betrothed to. Gus, a guard that stepped in when Audra was figuring things out and Fang, uh Feng, lol both brought elements to the story, as well as some much needed lighter humorous moments. They also brought a different sort of training for Vane that he certainly needed and smacks on the head to get some sense into him, also when needed. 
         There is also a betrayal/traitor that made things much more difficult, but I am hoping that somehow there will be some major redemption or at least a major butt kicking. Not sure which I want to happen more. 
         The pacing was amazing, and there was always something going on action wise, setting things up or allowing the characters to discover things about themselves that they need to before moving on. There were some twists, some of which I predicted but hoped wouldn't actually be the case, and other things in the plot that I never saw coming. I love the set up of this world of the sylph and didn't want to leave it. This is a series that I will definitely be continuing to know what comes next. 
        The ending is really haunting and something that was hinted at so much in the first book. It made me respect but also strangle because of choices made, but I totally get why she did it and respect her too. I am certainly wanting to get my hands on the next one, but for now will contemplate how I think it will go down. 




    Bottom Line: Haunting middle book with lots of high costs towards steps to victory.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Let the Stor

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger
    Book Two oft he Sky Fall series
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Publication Date: March 4, 2014
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.” 




    Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.




    But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn't believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.




    With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who've betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?




    What I Liked:




    ***As with all sequel novels I review, expect spoilers from book one, whether there are actually spoilers from book one or not. You are warned.***




    I binge-read book one and book two back-to-back, in two days. It's AWESOME, because I wasn't as likely to forget information from book one (which always happens when waiting between books, for the next book). But the flip side is that events from book one and book two kind of run together. It's like reading one long book over two days. I can't imagine what will happen when I go to read book three, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.




    I don't think this book fell victim to the sequel slump, but it definitely wasn't fulfilling as I had hoped it would be. I'm hoping I pinpoint exactly why I feel that way, by the end of the review, because I'm not entirely sure what more I wanted from this book, I'll get there in the next section though.




    Vane and Audra survived the showdown in book one, and they are bonded (much to the remorse of the entire Windwalker kingdom and a certain heir). But there are bigger problems than that. Raiden will be back, and this time, with a terrifying new set of power. With Audra still away, and Vane not sleeping, and the threat of Raiden looming, things are not looking up for the Gales.




    As with book one, I really liked the split dual perspectives. And also as with book one, I liked Vane's voice more than Audra's. Vane is just so much more interesting than Audra - and he is NOT full of BS (like I think Audra is). Vane has a very unique personality, and I like it. Audra... she's full of s*** sometimes, which makes me mad. She wallows in excuses. I'll tackle that later.




    A step up (and yet, a step back) from book one was the action. At times in this book, there was a TON of action. At other times, there was not. For example, the first part (half?) of this book was sort of slow. Things were happening, like with Arella and Vane's sleeplessness and his duties as king, but then things weren't really happening. Audra left and was trying to piece herself back together (or whatever), and her plot (when she was apart from Vane) was very boring. Boo. 




    But then things did happen. There were two sort of climaxes, both involving battle-ish scenes. That was exciting (mostly). I liked that this book became more involved in the grand scheme of things, which is what a second novel in a trilogy should do. Props to Messenger on that one.




    The romance is still relatively uncomplicated. If you read book one, then you know that Vane and Audra are bonded, but that the Windwalkers totally wanted Vane to marry Solana, the daughter of the former king of the Windwalkers. Vane is totally in love with Audra, and Audra loves Vane, so that's that. Solana doesn't love Vane, but you can't help but feel bad for the girl that always knew (and was forced to accept) her fate. 




    The ending is pretty... killer, in my opinion (absolutely no pun intended, don't take that phrase the wrong way). It's definitely some sort of cliffhanger, and I don't really like cliffhangers in sequels of trilogies. But it's okay, I'll wait another year... sigh. The author would NEVER do something so extreme - but of course, Veronica Roth did, so why not?




    What I Did Not Like:




    As I mentioned before, like in the first book, I wasn't Audra's biggest fan. Don't get me wrong, I hope that she and Vane get their happy ending and ride off into the sunset and blah blah blah. Vane loves her, and for that reason, I like the pair of them together. But her as a person? Her personality? Her being? Eh. Not a fan. She wallows in self-pity, in my opinion. She wants to seem tough, but she's not really all that tough.




    Also, she seemed to be gone for like, half the book. Maybe not half. But a significant percentage of the book. And all she was doing was having a pity party, and then ran into the wrong crowd, and then things started happening, and so on. But like, I don't cut her any slack. She's a bit wimpy, and she seems to like excuses, and then she gets weird and jealous any time Solana is even remotely related to anything involving Vane. Like STOP.




    And I'm a bit confused on the logistics of the Living Storms... but I'm just going to go with it and pretend like I know how they're made. I understand who they were, their purpose, and the power, but I don't really understand how Raiden made them into what they are.




    Somehow, this novel just didn't seem as satisfying as I'd hoped. I liked book one, and I wanted to be blown away (hehe, wind pun) by book two. Book two wasn't better than book one by any means, but it wasn't totally worse of anything.




    Would I Recommend It:




    If you read and enjoyed book one, then it's worth it to read this book. The way I look at it, with this particular series, is that if you read and enjoyed book one, you might as well read book two, because I have a feeling that book three will kick some butt. Hopefully. I could be so wrong though. If you have not read book one, then don't worry too much about reading book two. Read the entire series when it comes out, maybe. Or not at all. 




    Rating:




    3 stars. I was hoping for more, but didn't get more. However, I am really curious to see how it all ends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Darkjay

    He padded in with Mistpaw

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    Posted March 18, 2014

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