Light of Lorelei (Tales Of Skylge, #2)

Light of Lorelei (Tales Of Skylge, #2)

by Jen Minkman

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Light of Lorelei (Tales Of Skylge, #2) by Jen Minkman

There is no light without shadow,
no truth without sacrifice,
and no way to keep us all from harm.

Aska wants more out of life than being a temple girl in the St. Brandan Convent of Brandaris. Her life-long service to the Baeles-Weards is the only reason she wasn’t killed immediately after birth – she is atoning for the sins of her parents. Her Anglian mother and Skylger father were never supposed to love each other and have children, and Aska is reminded of her low status and illegitimacy by her fellow temple girls every day.

But then she meets Tjalling, a young, mysterious, and charming Skylger fisherman who doesn’t seem to care that he is not supposed to befriend her. Soon after they meet, the island falls prey to the largest Siren attack in the history of Skylge and Aska is beginning to doubt the wisdom of the priests. If the Light in the Tower really keeps the people from harm, why are the Shriekers taking more and more lives each day?

Adding to her inner turmoil is a secret meeting with Royce and Enna, who want to recruit her into their resistance movement, an unexpected confession from her best friend Melinda, and Aska’s realization that she likes Tjalling a bit too much for her own good.

Soon, she is going down a road there is no turning back from, forcing her to make choices that shake the foundations of her world.
For Aska, there is only one true choice – to bring the truth to light.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046263084
Publisher: Jen Minkman
Publication date: 01/29/2015
Series: Tales Of Skylge , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 541,079
File size: 360 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Light of Lorelei (Tales Of Skylge, #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WordVagabondReviews More than 1 year ago
The second book in Jen Minkman’s Tales of Skylge series picks up a few months after the events of Sound of Sirens, and features a different main character: Aska, the daughter of an Anglian and a Skylger. Confined to the convent of St. Brandan for being the product of a forbidden union, Aska’s life is dull and hopeless. Unlike most of the girls in the convent, she is pledged to serve St. Brandan for life, not just a few years. The only bright spot in her existence is her best friend, Melinda. However, beginning when she meets a strange Skylger boy on the beach, Aska’s life quickly begins to change. Soon she’s embroiled in a conspiracy that may change the course of her life, and the fate of the entire island along with it. This book was incredibly suspenseful. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, and I found it very hard not to peek ahead to see what was going to happen! Many of the questions asked by Sound of Sirens about the island’s history and the mysterious Nixen are answered here, in some very surprising ways. Aska’s character was well-developed and interesting, and it was nice to see the island from a different point of view. Her reactions to the revelations about her own history and the romantic feelings she may or may not have for two of the other characters were realistic and heartfelt. Her internal struggles made me care about her fate as a character as well as the overarching plot. One small quibble I had concerns the character of Melinda, Aska’s best friend, and her sexuality. Melinda states early on in the book that she’s bisexual, but thereafter Aska refers to her as a lesbian. It was most likely an oversight on the author’s part, but I was still disappointed by it. On the other hand, there’s no negative reaction to Melinda’s sexuality, which is nice. Light of Lorelei is a brilliant installment in the series, and I can’t wait to read the next book, Fire of Fryslan, which is already out!
Denise April Cayetano More than 1 year ago
Minkman has written an absolutely beautiful story that you won't be able to put the book down. This book was narrated from a different perspective. The changes in perspectives and new set of characters contributed greatly and will not disappoint. The intense plot and shocking revelations brought out strong mixed emotions in me that kept me hooked throughout. I say, Light of Lorelei is so much better than Sound of Sirens. Minkman shows the story about a child born from forbidden relations between a Skylger man and an Anglian woman. The child whom the society scorned, dedicated her life to serve the convent in atonement for her parents sins by the mercy of the Baeles-Weards. Aska was a character I'd come to love throughout the story. In spite of her situation, she still manages to think more than just herself and her character improved greatly throughout. I wish I was courageous as her. When I started reading this, I got hooked onto the story at the first sentence because of my amusement. I thought that if Sauron from The Hobbit was involved, it would be epic! Also, the part "They don't speak, they shriek." It was incredibly funny ... or was it just me? I hope not! Instances, some I guessed correctly and some caught me off guard. I can only imagine them being best friends although I have nothing against Melinda's homosexuality. On the other hand, I was a bit upset with Aska and Tjalling's relationship at first because it somehow screams instant love. I relaxed when there was some explanation for that, but... Holy Fire. Tjalling. Oh my god. The previous characters have active roles as well in this book and the questions left hanging from the first book has been answered. This is one of the best books I'd read this year so far and has a special place in my heart.
jamcrupp More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment of Tales of Skylge.  Jen, I loved it.  I received this as an ARC.  Imagination run wild in the world of sirens and their right to our world.  Defying the tradition of consuming souls of humans, this brings a twist to the infamous folklore.  Fighting for what is theirs.  Any of Jen's books are amazingly written and imaginative.   I cannot wait for the next installment.  Thank for the opportunity to read this, and sharing your stories.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
They say the truth shall set you free, and for young Aska, a temple girl shackled to a life that was forced upon her simply for being born of a forbidden love, has spent a lifetime being emotionally and physically taunted by her fellow temple girls. Yep, the very ones who should be displaying grace and kindness and piety. Her only solace has been sneaking out to walk the shores at night, alone until she meets a mysterious fisherman who keeps showing up in her life. Aska dreams of love, of being kissed, but her life as a temple girl forbids it, but Tjalling has captured her imagination and quite possibly her young heart. When the sirens attack the island, carrying off more and more victims of their songs, even the Light in the Tower, song and prayres cannot save the islanders from grief and fear. Why are the Sirens attacking more often? Why do their faces seem just “wrong?” is there something more sinister going on that only those in power know? Aska begins a quest to discover untold truths, and possibly the answers to the pain of the Sirens. With friends from the shadows who believe as she does, Aska’s life will take a turn into a world of danger and deceit from those who should be trusted. As she uncovers each layer of manipulation, she discovers the truth of her birth, the true identity of Tjalling and a chance for a life filled with the joy she has never known. But first, they all must survive. In a world where people are taught to fear change, or seek answers, and only follow the ways of the past, the segregation of the people and the cruelty of small minds and hearts, Aska and her allies will risk everything for the truth. Light of Lorelei by Jen Minkman goes beyond mere writing and into the realm of beautiful storytelling. Her fantasies are filled with scenes that come alive with lapping waves, deep emotion and characters that almost seem to speak their thoughts out loud. Great dialogue, a touch of young romance, and a dark and sinister mystery come to life through her words. There is an atmosphere that feels almost magical as we are transported into the world of Skylge.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Although this was a shorter read than I usually enjoy, Light of Lorelei was a captivating and charming paranormal fantasy read.   It was the second in Jen Minkman's  Tales of Skylge series. I soon became enthralled with the character of Aska as she was reminiscent of a cross between Cinderella and Joan of Arc.  She had an innate sense of right and wrong and the disparaging differences between the classes that dwellt on their island.   Not only did she want the truth about her birthright, she wanted the truth about the humans and the sirens and why there was such hostility between the two. Previously in Sound of Sirens we saw a relationship between Skylge and Anglian develop between Royce and Enna and in Light of Lorelei, the bonds of friendship stretch even further between Aska and Tjalling who has secrets of his own to protect.   But the four bond together to find and release the truth at great risk to themselves. I am anxious for the next book in the series to see what erupts on this island so separated from the mainland.   And I applaud Jen Minkman for her thoughtful creativity and skillful journey through the class systems of society.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Light of Lorelei is an astoundingly inspirational and enchantingly poignant sequel to the Tales of Skylge series. I have been waiting impatiently to see what would happen next, and I was anything but disappointed. While this story took a more unique turn then what I was even thinking of, it literally took my breath away as I began to see its many layers fall away to reveal a truth so twisted and haunting that I had no words left to give it justice. Let me just say if you are a reader who more than anything enjoys a story that is as brilliantly unexpected as it is exquisitely constructed, than this is a series that you will NOT want to miss! Trust me when I say this is one journey that you will be sorry you never gave a try. Aska lives the life of a simple temple girl. However, even in the temple she is the lowest of the low. Other girls look down upon her due to her heritage or lack thereof since she doesn’t even know who her parents were. She was born from a transcendently beautiful love that was looked down upon by those who thought they were better and wiser than her parents. As a result, her punishment is to spend the rest of her small, meaningless life in the temple that has become her prison. What she doesn’t realize is that there is more to her then even she knows or would even dare to dream about. On a day when her longing for hope and peace gets the better of her, she finds herself on the beach where she meets a strange and mysterious boy named Tjalling. He has a certain charm and an easy-going nature that calls to her, and she does not feel the normal warning to stay away that would come from her heart. Tjalling becomes the last life line to her fading hope that she could find a life away from the temple, and as people and events began to slowly crumble her world, she finds herself at a perilous precipice. Can Tjalling pull Aska to safety, or will he be the one to dash her dreams on the rocks of life’s shore? If change is really possible, then Aska has to decide if who she is right now is who she really wants to be. More than anything, I truly loved and felt for Aska throughout her journey. She had to make some very hard choices, and I know what it feels like to follow your heart when everyone around you thinks you are making the worst choices possible. They are so desperate to get you back on their idea of the perfect path for you when in reality it is in the opposite direction of where you really need to be. Letting go is such a hard thing for people to do. In the end, we must let people make their own decisions even after we have given them all of the best advice that we have. We cannot live their life, and we also cannot hold them captive to live a life that we have planned for them. It would be like living a life-long prison sentence that no one deserves. Tjalling’s character was simply amazing in how he reflected the part of Aska that had been hidden to her. She was so much more then she gave herself credit for, and he showed her all of what she was capable of. He stayed by her side and became her hope and solid foundation in the new world she was slowly building. I have to say that Jen Minkman’s books just keep getting better and better. I refuse to even think of putting her in a box because if I even had one she has blown it to bits and completely out of existence with each of her stories that I have been privileged to read! They are each thrillingly mind bending, and I love how fresh and original each of her stories are. Reading her stories is like experiencing a breathtaking sunset while breathing in crisp, frosty air that clears the fog of life as I let my mind wander from one plant to another in our enormous universe. No limits, no boundaries, and no end to the possibilities is what I keep thinking whenever I read one of Minkman’s books. They are a rare and precious treasure that I cherish and enjoy wholeheartedly.