Golden Dunes of Renhala

Golden Dunes of Renhala

by Amy Joy Lutchen

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Overview

How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.

Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish--that which is thriving inside her own body.

When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.

She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?(

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045464581
Publisher: Amy Joy Lutchen
Publication date: 11/25/2013
Series: Renhala , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 698,364
File size: 277 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Chicago, and studied at The University of Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana. Avoids political ranter and has an aversion to eating things in multiples of three.

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Golden Dunes of Renhala 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Golden Dunes of Renhala is the second in the Renhala series by author Amy Joy Lutchen.  After reading and loving Renhala, the first in the series, I was eager to get my hands on this follow up.  Amy brought me right back to the magical world I love and I was so happy to be there. We pick up pretty much right where Renhala left off and are immediately brought back into Kailey Rooke’s new reality.  A reality of magical lands and creatures only one could dream of.  Now, though, Kailey has an internal conflict brewing and it will threaten her very being.  The darkness within her, a piece of her father, takes over a bit more each day and Kailey finds herself lashing out at her friends.  Pair that with her abilities as a Quicksilver and a karmelean and letting the darkness take over completely would mean massive consequences…and not for the good.  Currently on a mission to find a missing girl, Kailey and her rag-tag group of friends and accomplices find more mystery at every turn instead of getting closer to finding the missing beloved sister and daughter.  Will she be able to find this girl while also finding the ability to keep the darkness at bay?   I flew through this book.  When storytelling is done as rich as Golden Dunes of Renhala was, it makes the transportation into a fantasy world an easy one.  I loved seeing all of our friends from Renhala again.  The fight Kailey has on her hands is a tough one indeed and she needs those friends and their help along the way to keep her grounded and that’s exactly what they do.  Kailey may have lost both of her parents in the last book, but she certainly isn’t lacking family with friends like these.  Bu is back (I adore Bu!), Gunthreon, Lupa, Connor, Jenna and Ladimer are all there and the journey they embark upon into the Golden Dunes is going to test all of them at one point or another.  The search for the missing girl opens up a can of worms far bigger than just a missing person.  I can’t go into too much detail without giving away spoilers, but Kailey meets a person in this book that was a pretty big shock to her, and to me.  A good shock in a way though and one that I hope can develop into a positive thing for both Kailey and the mystery person.  Although there was a lot more darkness in this book compared to the last one, there were also some really heartwarming parts when Kailey feels her mother’s spirit around her.  There were also some positively heartbreaking moments that had me reaching for my tissues.   Oh, and in the end, Kailey ends up with the guy I have wanted her with from the minute I met him in Renhala (nope!  My lips are sealed!) Speaking of the end, WHOA!  Totally taken by surprise at how Amy Joy ended it and I can only hope it means we get another book….because let me tell you, the delivery Kailey gets on her doorstep is a pretty shocking one!  Thank you, Amy Joy, for another rich and magical story filled with enchanted surroundings, fairy tale friendships and a mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end! 
HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
Wow... I mean wow... The world building is just out of this world... literally. I love the world that the author builds for this series. The Golden Dunes... I mean, I felt like I was sweating and wiping sand away from my skin while I was reading. Love, love, love that about this series. Everything is so vivid but not the point where it's over-described. There's plenty of room for you to add to it in your mind while you're reading. The characters - They're great. I loved seeing the "problem" side of Kailey come out so much in this novel. I have to admit, her talents still are hard for me to imagine in my mind but I just have to go with it because it's awesome. Her "feeler" - I have a hard time picturing that when she's constantly sending her feeler out. Ooh and the men... I love Ladimer... You honestly don't seem to see Connor much. Or maybe it was because I couldn't wait until Ladimer graced the pages again so I wasn't paying attention to Connor.... LOL I didn't focus very much on the romantic aspect between Kailey, Connor & Ladimer in this novel. I was more focused on the events unfolding in the novel. It was spectacular. I really enjoyed the new characters and the investigation that they were trying to work though. There were a few flips in the plot that I didn't quite follow (one person whom I thought dead was not and the other sibling was...) but I'm thinking that I may have just been too sleepy to keep up. Ha. I loved seeing all of the original characters being pulled over into book 2 as well. Great, great characters! Overall, great continuation to series. I think I may have liked this one a little bit more because it was just...awesome. Bu! Love him!!! I just want to get a nose plug and give him a big hug! Overall Rating: 4 Stars
AlikiyaKc More than 1 year ago
I have got to say that this is one of those few times where I actually liked the sequel MORE than the first book. Admittedly, it wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty darn addicting. The new characters, while mildly creepy, really made the book. In Renhala, it was sometimes hard keeping up with the mass amount of characters, due to the fact the the book was fairly long and pushed a lot of info at you all at the same time. In this book, the character names and personalities are extremely diverse (that’s not to say that they weren’t in the previous novel, but these character were just somehow more memorable), and each personality brought something new to the table – whether it was a mystery or an action-packed scene, the story was made better with the introduction of each character. While the new characters are great, I loved the old cast of characters too. Kailey’s mind was constantly jumping (which led to a slight bit of confusion every now and then) which helped move the story forward during the really calm-before-the-storm type moments. There was a death or two that required me to flip a number of pages in a panic induced frenzy, and there was some romance between characters that pleased me beyond reason (love is in the air~)! As always, Bu was an adorable mass of stanky fur that made me smile throughout the book (dhsafdshla I’m in love with a 7-foot greble that smells like sewage water… yeah that sounds about right). Loved, loved, LOVED the characters in this book. The plot was filled with a lot more action, and was fairly straight forward, making the book fairly easier to follow. Granted, there were moments here and there that I would have to pause and look back, but overall I got what was going on. Again, it helped that there were less characters, as well as the fact that there was only two focused missions. This book had a lot more mystery behind everything, as well as suspense and action. I did not expect the ending to go where it went, but once the truth was revealed, everything fell into place really well. The only thing I can really complain about was the random mistake here and there throughout the novel, but overall, this book definitely surpassed Renhala. But yeah, can I just gush over the end of the book? Ah ~~ While I’d be totally cool if there series ended there, I really hope it continues just ’cause I am truly curious as to what might come next for the Renhalian crew. Golden Dunes of Renhala was full of action, plot twists, and riveting characters! Apart from deaths, violence, and all-consuming rage, this book made me laugh a lot too, and I definitely appreciated that. Well structured and well executed, this book will leave you at the edge of your seat, ready for more ~ Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Writing: 3.5/5 World Building: 5/5 Cover: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5 GoodReads Rating: 4.5/5
danadobry More than 1 year ago
Amy Joy has done it again! This is an engaging, engrossing read with deep, well constructed characters. I honestly wish it had been longer; I wasn't ready to give it up when I finished it. And excellend twist at the end!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Joy Lutchen.) This is book 2 in the ‘Renhala’ series. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Renhala’.** Kailey is trying to deal with her sudo-abominor, and also trying to help people, as she accepts jobs around Renhala. Kailey’s latest job is finding a missing girl (Flora), only things are more complicated than Kailey realised, and before long she finds herself in a heap of trouble. What has happened to Flora? How long can Kailey keep her sudo-abominor in check? And What else will she learn on the journey? This was an interesting second instalment, with some surprising events. Kailey obviously went through a lot of changes in the first book, and she’s a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character in this story, constantly fighting the pull of the sudo-abominor, and trying instead to do good. It was fairly easy to spot when things were about to get out of her control, and interesting to see her sometimes fight what sudo-abominor wanted! She did have moments were I thought she was pretty harsh, and even bloodthirsty though, and at times it really was Kailey and not sudo-abominor. The storyline in this one basically revolved around Kailey and their entourage as they tried to find a missing girl – Flora, in Renhala. There were several other aspects to the story though, and some real surprises along the way! There was quite a lot of information in this one. I understand that it was necessary, because boy did we need a recap after book 1, but it also made certain parts of the book drag a bit. Once I’d remembered what had happened I did end up glossing over these large blocks of information a bit, as they really slowed the pace of the story. This story wasn’t quite as long as the first one though, so overall the pace seemed quicker. There were quite a lot of surprising events in this one, and we also got a bit more information about Kailey’s family, and her brother Stephen. There was also a story told to Kailey that involved some animal cruelty and was very sad, and we got a brief, unexpected death, that had a very strange conclusion. There was some romance in this one, but again it was very brief, and not a major part of the story. Again we had this sort-of love triangle thing going on with Kailey, Connor, and Ladimer, but because there was very little romance in this, the love triangle wasn’t really a problem. The ending to this was okay, and we did get an interesting event right at the very end that was unexpected, and I thought a little funny! It will certainly be interesting to see what Kailey does about this in the next book! Overall; an interesting sequel. 7 out of 10.