Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2)
I will never be controlled again.A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist. With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow. As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me. When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be. Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you? Should I listen with my head – or my heart? I might not get a choice.

Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2) Details

TitleShadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFantasy, Dragons, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Young Adult

Shadow Wings (Darkest Drae, #2) Review

  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    1. Blood Oath: ★★★★2. Shadow Wings: ★★.5I HAZ ISSUES.So, I should have known that I would really like the first book and then be disappointed with the second. It happens SO MUCH. But anyway, yes, repeat. It happened again. I feel this suffers from middle book syndrome somewhat. It’s not a bad book whatsoever, but it really FELT young adult. Well, Shelly, duh, it IS young adult. Why are you surprised? Well, because the first one was solid and yes, it was clearly YA, but did not fall into any of t 1. Blood Oath: ★★★★2. Shadow Wings: ★★.5I HAZ ISSUES.So, I should have known that I would really like the first book and then be disappointed with the second. It happens SO MUCH. But anyway, yes, repeat. It happened again. I feel this suffers from middle book syndrome somewhat. It’s not a bad book whatsoever, but it really FELT young adult. Well, Shelly, duh, it IS young adult. Why are you surprised? Well, because the first one was solid and yes, it was clearly YA, but did not fall into any of those YA tropes. So sue me. My expectations were raised.What did I like about the book? I really like Ryter. Usually, in YA novels, the parents die or are abusive. Let’s admit it. Positive adult role models are not so common in YA, especially male ones. Ryn’s father IS evil (no surprise there), but she has a very positive middle-aged male role model who loves her and has her best interests at heart. That is awesome.Tyrrik is bae and seriously, so romantic. I love the way he cherishes and worships Ryn. He bases his actions off her needs and wants and is patient. But, he is also a badass. He is a lot different in this one than book one. The mystery and grumpiness is mostly absent here. But, he is just a great hero. And now...Ryn Ryn Ryn… I don’t like you. You are the biggest DRAMA QUEEN ever and your constant angsting makes me want to set fire to my Kindle. I know you are 18 now and were sheltered and haven’t had a boyfriend before…Tyrrik hurt Ryn in the first book and BOY, does she NEVER stop letting him (and us) hear about it. (Even though he had good reason and she needs to just STAHP and get over it, ugh.)“You hurt me,” I said with difficulty. “A lot.” So much I wondered if I would ever be able to trust anyone again. 19%But most of the time, I didn’t want his help; I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be near him, yet part of me felt like I may need him. 29%He’d callously broken my heart, and I wasn’t sure I could ever forgive him.30%There are countless instances like that. Yet, as the reader, we KNOW she is going to forgive him and cares for him. It’s not like we don’t know where this is going.Also, Ryn is a bit TSTL. She has barely started shifting, yet thinks she can take on the world and is an expert on everything. Thankfully, most of it is just dialogue in her head and she doesn’t actually run off like an idiot. Another thing that I did not like was that Tyrrik was unconscious and bedridden for like HALF the book! No joke. I felt like it was an easy way for the writers to put developing their relationship off. There was a half-hearted attempt at a love triangle with the Phaetyn prince, but it was so obvious nothing would happen.The Phaetyn plot was MEH and the villains ended up being Ultra-Villainy Villainous. The only interesting development was with the new princess/queen. But overall, the Phaetyn creeped me out and seemed like a poor man’s Rivendell. I wish that more time would have been spent developing Ryn’s and Tyrrik’s relationship, perhaps in the cave when she shifted for the first time. Putting the hero out of order for half a book in a trilogy is just rough on this reader considering this is a romance.All things said and done, it’s not horrible. It just didn’t click with me the way Blood Oath did. I will read the last book, but am in no rush at the moment.Just my view. Don’t pile on me, fangirls. :D Just kidding. But seriously, don’t.
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    Find a short review for this on GracelingAccountant.I read the first one in one day, and have almost finished this one...in the exact same day. This series is amazing - Forreal, pick it up.THERE'S SEQUELS?holy shit i need to read the first book already
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  • Sakina Carter
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series. This was a great book. I love Ryn and Tyrrick relationship so much.In this book, we get to see their relationship progress as Ryn learn to deal with all the new revelations in her life.We also learn more about the Phaetyn people and how Ryn came into her Phaetyn powers.Really looking forward to the next book.
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  •  Simply Sam ツ
    January 1, 1970
    This will be short but sweet. I pretty much loved it. I think it's great the way the authors have been able to create a workable balance, from the humor to the violence to the romance. And even though Ryn is only 18 and Tyrrik is 109 (which I do have a small issue with), despite my initial reservations, I also understand it (view spoiler)[I mean, they are mates after all. One Drae for one Drae, and he's been waiting for her all this time. (hide spoiler)] It was also a lot of fun learning more ab This will be short but sweet. I pretty much loved it. I think it's great the way the authors have been able to create a workable balance, from the humor to the violence to the romance. And even though Ryn is only 18 and Tyrrik is 109 (which I do have a small issue with), despite my initial reservations, I also understand it (view spoiler)[I mean, they are mates after all. One Drae for one Drae, and he's been waiting for her all this time. (hide spoiler)] It was also a lot of fun learning more about the Drae--especially when it comes to their propensity to hoard treasure (which I thought was so hilariously cute)--and it was just as equally interesting to find out more about Ryn's Phaetyn gifts. Oh, and I <3 Tyrrik. I think that goes without saying...Anyhoo. I'm really excited for the next installment!
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book even more than the first one. And I really liked book one. This book has character development, enemies to lovers done realistically, and best of all, a funny protagonist. This book was funny. The first book had its moments, but it was a dark book overall. This book was just funny. Also when two favorite authors are co-writing a series.... it’s just amazing. Free on kindle unlimited.
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  • taveena kade
    January 1, 1970
    “Slap me with a pancake and call me a potato!”And I though the first book was amazing!! Shadow Wings is an amazing mix of sarcasm , heartbreak, and adventure. The plot was way more intricate that the first book, and a lot of new character were introduced. “Um, did you want any?”Tyrrik snorted. “If I do?”I chewed again, pushing the food to the side of my mouth. “I’m not sure, honestly. I was hoping you’d say no.”Ryn and Tyrol’s relationship grew so much deeper throughout the book, and there’s a l “Slap me with a pancake and call me a potato!”And I though the first book was amazing!! Shadow Wings is an amazing mix of sarcasm , heartbreak, and adventure. The plot was way more intricate that the first book, and a lot of new character were introduced. “Um, did you want any?”Tyrrik snorted. “If I do?”I chewed again, pushing the food to the side of my mouth. “I’m not sure, honestly. I was hoping you’d say no.”Ryn and Tyrol’s relationship grew so much deeper throughout the book, and there’s a little surprise about what they really are to each other. Overall, this book was SO GOOD and this series is definitely going on my favorites list next to The Veil Diaries, ACOTAR, and some other. The story is so unique, and I can’t wait for Black Crown to release in May!!!
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  • Hetal
    January 1, 1970
    To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here4.9 butt-moon stars! Shadow Wings continues Ryn's story as she struggles to understands her heritage. The only people she has in the world to help her are her makeshift father Dyter and the dragon who lied to her and broke her heart, Tyrrik...Tyr...Ty...? Eh, she'll figure it out. The phaetyn want to use her. The drae king wants to (most likely) kill her. What's a girl to do? Grow up, kick some ass, and hoarde To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here4.9 butt-moon stars! Shadow Wings continues Ryn's story as she struggles to understands her heritage. The only people she has in the world to help her are her makeshift father Dyter and the dragon who lied to her and broke her heart, Tyrrik...Tyr...Ty...? Eh, she'll figure it out. The phaetyn want to use her. The drae king wants to (most likely) kill her. What's a girl to do? Grow up, kick some ass, and hoarde shiny jewels. That's what.Shadow wings, dare I say it, was even better than Blood Oath. Ryn really grows into herself, and as same says, loses her innocence. She decides whether or not she wants to be part of the Rebellion and what role that means she's willing to play. She clings onto the hope that things can go back to normal but you know how these things are. *shrugs*It was fabulous getting to know Dyter better. He is get only real family left and was the much needed sense of balance between Ryn and Tyrrik's explosive arguments.Tyrrik is as swoon worthy as ever, more so probably since we get to know the real him that isn't under a tyrannical king's thumb. His loyalty and tenderness towards Ryn no matter how insistent she is about "hating him" (is that what kids are calling it these days?) is both heart breaking and vastly endearing. Shadow Wings was the great follow-up because we got to see Ryn in a position of power and have responsibity over Tyriik's life, whereas it was the exact opposite situation in book 1. It was nice to see them both get to be the strong and weak one.I absolutely loved Ryn's obsession with shiny objects after she came into her Drae powers. Got such a kick out of it and it had me chuckling out loud the way Tyrrik used jewels to get her through training.I think the one thing that aggravated me to no end was Ryn's lack of trust in Tyrrik, which made her blind to important truths. Yes he had to do some terrible things in book 1, but he explains why they had to be done and goes above and beyond to protect her and earn her trust. But even as she starts to love him, she STILL doesn't trust him. I need to see this change desperately in book 3!! I absolutely can't wait!!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars. Wow! That ending though! SO good. This book is filled with adventure, magic, romance. Ryn learns more about herself and by the end, I really feel she has grown so much. Ryn and Tyrrik are pretty great together. I need the next one now!
  • Katarina Silva
    January 1, 1970
    NOVA ReviewBlood Oath the Darkest Drae, #1 was amazing. Easily one of my favorite books. EVER. I was afraid that since I liked it so much, Shadow Wings wouldn’t be as good. I WAS WRONG. Shadow Wings managed to be even better. It left me Speechless and Blew my mind all at the same time."Slap me with a pancake and call me a potato!"Shadow Wings is a book where humor, sarcasm, romance and Fantasy blend beautifully and create a story that’s hard to forget because it’s so damn entertaining. I said t NOVA ReviewBlood Oath the Darkest Drae, #1 was amazing. Easily one of my favorite books. EVER. I was afraid that since I liked it so much, Shadow Wings wouldn’t be as good. I WAS WRONG. Shadow Wings managed to be even better. It left me Speechless and Blew my mind all at the same time."Slap me with a pancake and call me a potato!"Shadow Wings is a book where humor, sarcasm, romance and Fantasy blend beautifully and create a story that’s hard to forget because it’s so damn entertaining. I said to myself: YOU are going to read this book slowly and enjoy every moment!! What actually happened: I could NOT put it down, therefore read it in four hours. *cries* This story is much more complex than the previous book. Ryn, Tyrrik and Dyter go on a mission that brings them many obstacles. It also takes them into dangerous situations that add so much action to the book. We’re introduced to so many new characters, from other kingdoms, with other cultures. I’m not even going to mention the sexy Phaetyn prince though. Cause he’s just too desperate. Not good. But, the book has a rich story that’s for sure. *And dragons* And for all of those who like romance. There’s a ton of it. The slow burning kind that makes you swoon.He pinned me with his heated gaze. “You are my reason for being, my purpose, my world. I would do anything for you. Anything.”Ryn is finally going to become Drae. We get to witness her transformation into Drae in Shadow Wings. It’s amazing, and it’s something I was so looking forward to. Seeing Ryn being a badass Dragon just like Tyrrik *totally better in my opinion * was just amazeballs. Seeing her learn how to shift. How to tear people in two. How to fight the growing attraction to Tyrrik just amused me to no end. Of course, she did all of this with perfect sarcasm and stubbornness.I chewed and spoke around my food. “Um, did you want any?” Tyrrik snorted. “If I do?” I chewed again, pushing the food to the side of my mouth. “I’m not sure, honestly. I was hoping you’d say no.”Tyrrik has come a long way. This boy *I love him* is finally owning up that he wants Ryn. He wants to be with her. But it’s not going to be an easy path. He still has to make up for everything he did to Ryn and he still has to gain her trust back. It’s hard work. But he manages just fine, even though he’s ignored about a hundred times by Ryn… Tyrrik is also going to be a big ally to her. He’s going to help her and protect her, even if it means getting hurt in the process. Which he will, many times. Prepare your heart to see him wounded. *cries again*The Darkest Drae series is on the top 3 of my favorite books EVER. STOP everything you’re doing and please read them. It’s a perfect mix of action, fantasy, dragons, romance and comedy. Blood Oath was unbelievable. Shadow Wings was even better. Now, Black Crown is going to be even better I’m sure!
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  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    January 1, 1970
    YAAASSSSSS 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 FINALLY.This series just get better and better. And it has my favorite trope. 👌🏻😏
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    So, second book in the series. I liked this one much, much better. Less torture and sad, more happy, although there are still hard things. This definitely built off the first book and I like the way this is headed. The plot is moving forward (the last one swirled in torture for quite a bit while while building characters), characters are learning, changing and growing stronger. May seems like a long wait for the next book!I picked this one up on KU.Content: kissing, some violence, peril, some in So, second book in the series. I liked this one much, much better. Less torture and sad, more happy, although there are still hard things. This definitely built off the first book and I like the way this is headed. The plot is moving forward (the last one swirled in torture for quite a bit while while building characters), characters are learning, changing and growing stronger. May seems like a long wait for the next book!I picked this one up on KU.Content: kissing, some violence, peril, some innuendo
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  • Paige Neal
    January 1, 1970
    I was unsure on whether or not I should start this series for a couple of different reasons. One being that I usually don't like to start a series that isn't yet finished because I'm suuuuuper impatient and want to know what happens ASAP. Secondly, I prefer my romances to be a little more.... adult (heh) and it is really hit and miss with books offered on Kindle Unlimited. But alas, I decided to take the plunge and read it anyway and I was NOT disappointed. Mates. Magic. Romance. Humor.Raye Wag I was unsure on whether or not I should start this series for a couple of different reasons. One being that I usually don't like to start a series that isn't yet finished because I'm suuuuuper impatient and want to know what happens ASAP. Secondly, I prefer my romances to be a little more.... adult (heh) and it is really hit and miss with books offered on Kindle Unlimited. But alas, I decided to take the plunge and read it anyway and I was NOT disappointed. Mates. Magic. Romance. Humor.Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare totally took a page out of a Sarah J. Maas book because this book gave me serious A Court of Mist and Fury vibes, and I'm not mad about it (Rhys <3) It is always a pleasant surprise when I like the second book in a series more than the first but Shadow Wings was honestly just that good. The story picks up right where it left off in Blood Oath with Ryn trying to accept the torture she endured while in the castle, coping with the loss of important people in her life (view spoiler)[unlike Sarah J. Maas , these chicks are not afraid to kill characters off lol I was like daaaayumm there goes hundreds of warriors in just one sentence! r.i.p Arnik (hide spoiler)] , and also trying to understand her feelings toward a certain not-so-lovable-at-first-Drae You get to explore more of the Draeconian Realm outside of Verald and even get to meet a bunch of new Phaetyns who are all apparently ridiculously good looking (reminded me of elves, amiright? lol) and are supposedddd to teach Ryn more about her Phaetyn powers. There is new insight into the problems/unrest in the Realm showing that they are not just confined to Verald. The characters really go through a lot of growth as individuals and as a couple. Ryn's new affinity for shiny things had me cracking up (homegirl totally lost her shit) and I really liked how it played off of old dragon clichés. (two The Lord of the Rings gifs in one review? judge me idc, it's the shit). However, I thought Ryn was really immature sometimes and handled things.... immaturely but I suppose that just comes with the YA territory. Once I started this book I honestly hated when I had to put it down to do something other than power through and then was immediately pi**ed at myself for reading it so fast. Is it May yet?! I need the next installment already. One thing that I also found a little weird was how Ryn would always say "holy pancakes!" .... homegirl didn't even know what chocolate was, how does she know what pancakes are if they don't really have any food in Verald? I know I'm thinking too much into it, but that's what reviews are for, right? Read this book y'all.
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  • FictionNoChaser
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4 starsDude: We’d totally brew him up some special nectarSteaminess: SO hot they make their own special flames. *fans ourselves*Ew Factor: “special” nectar and bodily fluids as fertilizer = NOPEBrutal: All we’re saying is there’s cannibalism… This follow-up to Wagner and St. Clare’s Blood Oath has us falling in love with a drae. I mean really we want to cuddle with Tyrrik and have his babies. And despite Ryn’s tendencies to be annoyingly oblivious to all going on around her, we LOVED her Rating: 4 starsDude: We’d totally brew him up some special nectarSteaminess: SO hot they make their own special flames. *fans ourselves*Ew Factor: “special” nectar and bodily fluids as fertilizer = NOPEBrutal: All we’re saying is there’s cannibalism… This follow-up to Wagner and St. Clare’s Blood Oath has us falling in love with a drae. I mean really we want to cuddle with Tyrrik and have his babies. And despite Ryn’s tendencies to be annoyingly oblivious to all going on around her, we LOVED her obsession with all things shiny. Seriously, we are still rolling on the floor dying over the scene where she pries jewels out of a king’s wall and hides them in her corset. The whole book Ryn is basically Abu in the Cave of Wonders and we couldn’t love it more. If you love a good slow-build romance, revolution, and dragons smashing buildings and castles this book is a great choice for you. And our man Tyrrik knows how to make his mate happy and bribes her with allllll the shiny things. Seriously, where can we get a drae boyfriend? (Take notes here, Shawn). While we love Tyrikk we do acknowledge his faults and think he has some serious #work to do in the next book. I mean not telling Ryn you are mates? For months? Dude. No. Yeah, Ryn probably should’ve figured out eventually but girl is not the brightest crayon in the box and you should be a good dude and tell her. While this book was significantly less brutal than Blood Oath there were some things in this one that had us cringing with the ew factor. First, there’s a freaking polygamous society living in the mountains that’s gone a little haywire and turned into cannibals and to a girl who lives in Utah this hits a *little* too close to home. And cannibalism is bad enough but it was elderly people. Noopppee. Go hug your grandparents guys, because that was *rough.* Next on our ew factor scale was that Ryn literally fertilizes crops with her bodily fluids. We love strawberries and potatoes as much as the next girl but we do not love that they are contaminated with your used bathwater. NOPE. And finally, lets address this awkward nectar thing. Really? Honestly? A nectar that someone can only make for you because they are worried/care about you? Puuleeasse. I like the concept, but there is no sacrifice in doing this. You just wish it and pass the water down. Don’t worry, I’m Lord Tyrrik and I can fix you up real nice with my special nectar. Gag. This whole thing creeps us out.The real hero of this book is Kamini. Kamini is basically Lyanna Mormont’s equally badass twin and together these two would slayyy and take down the patriarchy. Kamini is 8 years old and has started a revolution. She is no nonsense and we are here for it.Finally, let’s not forget about his royal asshatness, Kamoi. This dude is basically everything we hate about men. He just assumes that Ryn a) likes him and b) wants to marry him. And he tells everyone they are getting married?!?! Absolutely not. They haven’t even had a private conversation! How about we punch you in the face, Kamoi. Oh? You mean you didn’t want punched in the face? We just assumed you’d be okay with it. Sorry not sorry.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Great BookI have stalked this second book, since the first one came out. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Strong female character who is human and flawed. Great male alpha male character who is silent but resilient and strong. I can't wait until the next book.
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  • LaShanta Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Tyrrick!!It's very rare that I read a second book in a series and it by far exceeds every single one of my expectations while also being so much better than the first, so kudos to the authors because this book did all that and more.I loved so many things about this book. I loved that Ryn didn't just accept everything. I liked that she was cynical and didn't trust easily. I loved how her and Tyrrick interacted with each other; equal parts hilarious (when she wanted to sleep and he pulled out shin Tyrrick!!It's very rare that I read a second book in a series and it by far exceeds every single one of my expectations while also being so much better than the first, so kudos to the authors because this book did all that and more.I loved so many things about this book. I loved that Ryn didn't just accept everything. I liked that she was cynical and didn't trust easily. I loved how her and Tyrrick interacted with each other; equal parts hilarious (when she wanted to sleep and he pulled out shiny objects, LMAO) and endearing (when he let her feel his emotions unintentionally). I loved when he lost control of his Drae over her (he's 109 years old and she obliterated his control without even knowing). I truly enjoyed the scenes where she went alpha female to protect him, so [email protected]&$! I absolutely adored how she was able to point out how scary and intimidating he looked, but showed no fear when he made her mad.Clearly, I can go on and on about this one (seriously, I really want to keep writing) but I'll end it by saying this was one of my favorite reads so far this year and I can't wait for the next installment. Oh and I really want to punch Kamoi. I would pay money to have alternate scenes with that whole visit.
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  • ❤Rachel Anne's Romance Must Reads❤
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!So after book one I was hooked and now that I'm done with book two, I begin the agonizing wait for book 3. I love this series so far. It is YA but sometimes I think authors get lost is what YA is. Or maybe it's me. I was hoping for more steam from the mcs in book two. Instead, I got even less! Why does there have to be a lack of this in YA (Not all of them thank God) I'm not talking smut but give me something! If a romantic pairing us going to be a key element to the story, then I need 4.5 stars!So after book one I was hooked and now that I'm done with book two, I begin the agonizing wait for book 3. I love this series so far. It is YA but sometimes I think authors get lost is what YA is. Or maybe it's me. I was hoping for more steam from the mcs in book two. Instead, I got even less! Why does there have to be a lack of this in YA (Not all of them thank God) I'm not talking smut but give me something! If a romantic pairing us going to be a key element to the story, then I need this. Our h is 18 and H is like 100. You have desciptive torture on the heavy side, in detail murder after bloody murder - pretty sure some steam would be aight. There's a lot of push and pull but the tension from book one was missing. On to the actual story...Love it. Can't wait to see what happens next! The writing and world building are fantastic. And after the ending I'm going to be crushed if our h goes back into denial which lasted the entirety of book 2. I don't actually think that will happen. Cross fingers. Progress, girl! Keep moving forward!Def recommend the series so far!
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  • AMY ♥(pronounced AH-MEI)♥
    January 1, 1970
    AMY-zing
  • SassyFraz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Winged Stars[May/Will contain Spoilers] This second book picks up days after the first one. Which, I was happy it did...considering things. Here we find a changed Ryn and all around characters. We were also introduced to a new set as well and I will get into those in a moment.Ryn. I thought you were badass in the first, because of how well your character stayed together through everything. I don't really know what it was that threw me off about you here. Maybe, one too many pancakes. Could b 3.5 Winged Stars[May/Will contain Spoilers] This second book picks up days after the first one. Which, I was happy it did...considering things. Here we find a changed Ryn and all around characters. We were also introduced to a new set as well and I will get into those in a moment.Ryn. I thought you were badass in the first, because of how well your character stayed together through everything. I don't really know what it was that threw me off about you here. Maybe, one too many pancakes. Could be some of it, but not majority. Some where this character grew some major balls and maybe that's just the cause and effect matter here. Either way, I felt like I missed a gap somewhere for this transition. Can I just say? I would like this chick to swear instead of the pancake quips. They made her seem really unbelievable and just awkward at times. I understand her reserve to the whole bonds business, but come on. I just need a little more something from her. Oh! I almost lost my stomach over the women in a different Zone. I had the same reaction as her.Tyrrik. The bad Drea has stayed pretty true to his character throughout. To my dismay he wasn't very present in this book.... in a sense. You become to understand him more than you did in the first and knowledgeable about why he made the choices he did. BTW thanks for waiting till the end of the book for what I was hoping for all along. Let's be honest here. Kamoi creeped me out in a way.Kamoi - PhaetynsThese people right here. As cool as it was to see how they worked their magic, most were insane to me. Kamoi came on way too strong and I found nothing about him I liked. I couldn't for the life me understand her school girl reaction towards him. He repeatedly jumped the bullet and was just a creepier to me. Glad she set him straight. The Phaetyn are having their own power struggle and for being people of healing... Well I didn't find very much healing in their thoughts or actions. Selfish more like it. The realm is suffering and you're crying about stupid shit. :rolls eyes: Well maybe not stupid. I wasn't a fan of their time together and with Tyrrik missing as well. Gemond (King). I will say that I was pleasantly surprised in him. Along with Ryn, I thought the worse of him. He was redeemed. I look forward to him in the coming book, to see that he holds up to its promise.The ending was really abrupt and for the moment it did end - pretty pissed. It does end in a sort of cliffhanger, but if I wasn't dying to know what would happen... I didn't find it as captivating as the first one and hope for the same darkness, as well. It did have it's moments, but not like I was wanting or thought. However, it was still an enjoyable read and was true the "2nd installment" in a series. It's rare that you find the 2nd just as good, if not better. This didn't meet that for me. I'm really glad the next on comes out in May
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap, that was good!!!!I fell in love with this series within the first couple chapters of its first book. Thankfully, this one was already out so I was able to keep reading, and the Book God's shined upon me as the newest showed up on my kindle last night, how's that for timing!! This suffered from absolutely no middle book syndrome, it's actually just as good if not a bit better than the first. The world is bleak, scary and in need of its ruler having his ass whooped. I loved Ryns discove Holy crap, that was good!!!!I fell in love with this series within the first couple chapters of its first book. Thankfully, this one was already out so I was able to keep reading, and the Book God's shined upon me as the newest showed up on my kindle last night, how's that for timing!! This suffered from absolutely no middle book syndrome, it's actually just as good if not a bit better than the first. The world is bleak, scary and in need of its ruler having his ass whooped. I loved Ryns discovery and acceptance of all that was ( dont want to spoil anything) but the fact that it was not instant, and she struggled with everything endeared me more to her. I never can seem to find the right words when I really love a book, they seem to escape me. I really, really, really loved this, like, I'm picking it up every moment I can to have read it. When I can picture the story in my head like a movie playing out and want to shut my eyes in the tense and scary parts, that, for me, is why I read, and the fact I completely can lose myself within it's words and transport myself to be the main character. Bravo awesome authors, I'm off to read your new one and continue the adventure. I do hope the Emperor turns into a tasty snack!!!
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  • Luisa
    January 1, 1970
    So a lot more action and it's getting a little bit more interesting. She's still purposefully dense which annoys me, but at least she's trying?! I dunno. I kept reading. Kindle Unlimited and all..
  • Cara Steed
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best book series I have ever read, I can’t wait for the next one!!
  • Silvia Andrito
    January 1, 1970
    DNF, it is a pretty dark series. I am not in the mood to read such heavy, dark books at hte moment. The story is ok a bit different than what I expected.
  • Holly Ryanne
    January 1, 1970
    why are all these ratings so good? this series has gone from eh to blah. Ryn is someone who uses her past experiences to be a brat and shove away the one person who can really help you.also, it has been PAINFULLY obvious what his blue scales were for when he avoided the question so hard in book one.... I hate Ryn and I hate the writing.
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  • Rys
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first book and had high hopes for this one, but was sadly disappointed. I found the maturity of the writing to be extremely low, and was thinking that this book would be better, but instead it was worse.I love the fact that the author has passion for her work which clearly shines through, but a few things really get to me. The concepts are recycled, which I don't mind, if there is sufficient character and world building to back it. The focus in this story was more on the dialogue, whi I read the first book and had high hopes for this one, but was sadly disappointed. I found the maturity of the writing to be extremely low, and was thinking that this book would be better, but instead it was worse.I love the fact that the author has passion for her work which clearly shines through, but a few things really get to me. The concepts are recycled, which I don't mind, if there is sufficient character and world building to back it. The focus in this story was more on the dialogue, which was cliche, but that wasn't what ruined it for me.On one hand, we have this unique language, which fits very well into the story, but then we have words such as: moon butt, sucky, awesome, coolest, and stupid stupid stupid. The modern teenage lingo REALLY detracts from the story and destroys the immersion. Reading this is like swimming along the top of a freezing pond rather than scuba diving in a reef.
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  • Gena
    January 1, 1970
    And because I'm a sucker for punishment I read book two :) I've never see the word pancakes used so many times! Poor Tyrrik doesn't get much development here. He's punished for his actions in book one until the very last page. Ryn is awful. She "needs to be told the truth, no hiding things"; based on what I don't know. She never listens and acts very immaturely. This is a filler book in a series that I don't know how long will go on for. I may wait till the author is done and catch the last coup And because I'm a sucker for punishment I read book two :) I've never see the word pancakes used so many times! Poor Tyrrik doesn't get much development here. He's punished for his actions in book one until the very last page. Ryn is awful. She "needs to be told the truth, no hiding things"; based on what I don't know. She never listens and acts very immaturely. This is a filler book in a series that I don't know how long will go on for. I may wait till the author is done and catch the last couple pages of the last book to read of Tyrrik being happy :)
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  • Kira Assad
    January 1, 1970
    Stop what you are doing and READ THIS BOOK! I am not joking, the Darkest Drae series is by far one of my favorite series. It is definitely in my top 10. Ryn is really becoming her own in this sequel as she begins to come to terms with her Paethyn and Drae self. It was also heart warming to see her be able to have some semblance of freedom, something she was severely lacking in book one. Yet, she is still bound by many obligations that are being forced upon her and fears for her safety from those Stop what you are doing and READ THIS BOOK! I am not joking, the Darkest Drae series is by far one of my favorite series. It is definitely in my top 10. Ryn is really becoming her own in this sequel as she begins to come to terms with her Paethyn and Drae self. It was also heart warming to see her be able to have some semblance of freedom, something she was severely lacking in book one. Yet, she is still bound by many obligations that are being forced upon her and fears for her safety from those who want to use her abilities for their own gain. With the help from some old and new friends, and the ever brooding yet sexy Lord Tyrrik now free from his blood oath, Ryn has a lot to learn before she will be ready for the final battle. But with her friends supporting her and her growing Drae strength, I think she will be. I am so excited, and trying to patiently wait, for book 3 Black Crown! I know one thing for sure though. I need more Ryn and Lord Tyrrik moments... especially with that ending.
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  • Ajà
    January 1, 1970
    This book in one sentence: Ryn recovers from the ordeals that happened in book 1, is about to turn into a dragon but isn't ready to talk to Tyrrick about it and finally gets the chance to learn about her phaetyn heritage when she meets another of her kind, who happens to be a prince.My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Steaminess: 🌶Would I recommend: Yes. I really enjoyed this series and I can't wait for the next book.Tropes: love triangle, fated mates, one of the love interests is a princeContent warnings: recoveri This book in one sentence: Ryn recovers from the ordeals that happened in book 1, is about to turn into a dragon but isn't ready to talk to Tyrrick about it and finally gets the chance to learn about her phaetyn heritage when she meets another of her kind, who happens to be a prince.My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Steaminess: 🌶️Would I recommend: Yes. I really enjoyed this series and I can't wait for the next book.Tropes: love triangle, fated mates, one of the love interests is a princeContent warnings: recovering from trauma, violence
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I like the second book more than the first. I thought Ryn actually had some good character development in this book and I liked learning more about the Drae. I gave it an extra star just for Tyrrick (who just keeps getting better even if he can’t fight his overprotective Drae instincts). I’m looking forward to the final book - two months to wait :-)
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Again, this fantasy world is in the midst of an awful war, so there are some dark themes that run through this book. However, the romance and trust built really well. The heroine is strong, the hero is sweet. I loved watching Ryn go through her drae (dragon) transformation. There were some some funny moments as she adjusted to the change.I'll read the 3rd when it comes out.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    Tyrrik is my new book boyfriend. *swoon*I found Ryn a little too whinny in this instalment and at times it distracted from my enjoyment.Overall a great read! World building is done very well. Plot development, conflict and resolutions were seamless.
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