Two years after saving Acacia, the last living sphinx, from the night goddess Nyx, David Sandoval is happily married and settled down to a quiet life in Paris. But soon new monsters are after him from the other side of the Curtain, which separates the human world from the world of myth and legend. David discovers that a world-devouring creature, Fenrir, has broken free of his prison and is hunting Acacia for something she possesses and if he gets it, he can finally fulfill his fate to consume all existence. Reluctantly leaving behind his loving wife, David heads off in search of Acacia and his friend Gullin, the Master Huntsman who is trained to slay the most dangerous beasts ever known. But there is great evil afoot. Madness itself wants to claim David, for what purpose, no one knows. And there is rumor than an old adversary has returned, quite different from the last time David and Acacia saw him... Those enemies are nothing, however, compared to the new incarnation of Nyx, whose desire for the most prized gift of all Fenrir s ability to destroy any world will make him stop at nothing to attain it. The new god also knows what to do to ensure David will not interfere with his plans, as the young man did with the previous Night goddess. Old friends and new allies band together in this continuing adventure of the Scholar and the Sphinx, as both their worlds could soon come to an end.
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Fang of Fenrir by A.R. Cook is the second book in the series The Scholar and the Sphinx, and tells the reader what happened to David (the scholar) and Acacia (the sphinx) after their exciting adventures in Book 1. A lot has changed: David is married, and does not know what Acacia is up to. He also was quite unaware of a new evil entering the world, though the new god is quite familiar to him. In addition to that, Fenrir has broken loose, and as you might imagine, a beast like Fenrir isn't quite what you would like to have running around on Earth. David has to decide whether to leave his wife and go help Acacia (if he can find her), or watch the world suffer with all the chaos. I was excited to see what David's life would be like after the events in Book 1. Just as in Book 1 (which you should definitely read!), the world is filled with fascinating characters from the mythology of different cultures. As I love mythology, I find the mix A.R. Cook created very charming (though some of the creatures are not charming at all), and love how she managed to combine those different mythologies into one story. The cover of the book already gives you the promise of diving into a world of classic fantasy. I am sure you know that a cover can often tell you a lot about a book. And in this case, the cover holds true to its promise. If you pick up this book, you are immediately drawn into a wonderful fantasy story with characters you'll either hate, love, or pity. It's definitely a series I'd recommend to readers who really love fantasy.