A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren't far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.
As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain - war is coming to the North!
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Whelp. I have some mixed feelings here, though I don't think they are bad. I GREATLY appreciated the humor in this story! Though we had some humor in book one, it felt much more prominent in this one, which I am very thankful for. Thanks to a few friends, I already knew the ending would be a tear-jerker and they were in fact right. Remembering those snarky comments and general laughter helped eased some of the pain, but at the same time made it worst. Confession: I might have skimmed some of the "peaceful" parts because I was so hooked on the battle. LOL! I don't mean that in a mean way, but I totally understand when Corian and Aiden say that it's hard to transition. Overall, a very good series and loved seeing our strong heroes reunite. If you enjoy high action with little romance, yet some snarky brotherhood that leaves you smiling along as you read, be sure to give this series a try. *(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*
I was happy to receive a free copy of The Wildcat of Braeton from the author, Claire M. Banschbach. As the second book in The Rise of Aredor series, I was at a slight disadvantage to other readers because I hadn’t read the book before it in the series. Despite that I was able to jump right into the story and begin enjoying it immediately. Emeth, (or as his real name was Aiden), has served seven years with the Calorins under Lord Rishdah. Although he’s had many adventures, he’s ready to leave his friend Ahmed and the rest of the Phoenix Guard, following in the footsteps of his friend, Corin who had left before him. Aiden heads back to his homeland and his clan, Clan Canich. After being gone so long after leaving without any warning to most of his family, he worries about how his return to Scodra will be welcomed, especially by his father, Laird Górdan. He also fears for his friend, Prince Corin of Aredor as rumors of a second war invasion by the Calorin army. Will Aredor, already weakened by the last war, be able to survive another bout of it? The people of Aredor place their faith in Prince Corin, the Hawk and legendary hero that got them through the first war, but even he has limits and the armies of Durna and Calorin are large. Bonded together by strong ties, the friendship between Aiden and Corin plays a key role throughout the book. The author does an amazing job with bringing in other characters and places. The setting was rather unique along with some of the names; but I loved the author’s creativity, especially in developing the different cultural details with everything down to weaponry, dress, dialect, and locations. I noticed a little bit of choppiness in the very beginning of the book as the author started the story. However, as the story was built upon, the ideas started moving more smoothly; and it never distracted me from the story itself. I would recommend The Wildcat of Braeton to anyone looking for a fantasy book with a distinctive world. Although there are battle scenes, they are not detailed and the author did a great job with keeping the entire book clean for readers of younger age.