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Posted May 5, 2014
“Seeds of Dissent” is the second book in the Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches series, and it brings together the characters the reader meets in the first book, including Princess Adrina, the magical Vilmos, and the elf soldier Seth, as well as Keeper Martin and Father Jacob.
The story opens with the brave and determined Captain Brodst trying to lead his soldiers to a castle where the ailing Princess Adrina can rest—when they are surrounded by a mysterious mist and the road disappears, his men panic and they are losing valuable time they could be spending to reach Prince William. At the same time, Seth and his fellow elves are languishing in a brutal land, losing hope that they will finish their mission for the Queen Mother; Vilmos is receiving training from the shaman Xith; and the evil King Jarom is making political moves that will plunge the country into war.
“Seeds of Dissent” has a lot more action than “Winds of Change,” and since the characters are already established now you get to actually enjoy learning more about them and seeing them develop. Adrina proves herself a strong and determined women, able to push forward even at great personal expense; Seth also proves that his heart is true and faithful. I also really liked how the author slowly drew their disparate stories together so that all of the characters’ plotlines merged—it was well-done and exciting to see how each of their paths ended up at the same destination. The rousing battle scene at the end, in which each must use their own intelligence and skills, was exciting and a satisfying conclusion to this book in the series.
Recommended to readers who enjoy action-packed, quest driven fantasy stories in the tradition of Tolkien.