Shadow & Flame (Rime Chronicles, #2)
From acclaimed author Mindee Arnett comes the thrilling conclusion of the stunningly epic, action-packed, and romantic fantasy adventure about a powerful girl possessed of strange magic, the outcast prince she loves, and the kingdom that has torn them apart.Kate and Corwin are on the run, desperate for allies in a new world of war among the kingdoms of Rime. As the book opens, Kate suffers a massive loss, one that will shape the struggle for freedom of all wilders and magic folk—that is, if Kate can learn to control her own power.

Shadow & Flame (Rime Chronicles, #2) Details

TitleShadow & Flame (Rime Chronicles, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062652720
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Shadow & Flame (Rime Chronicles, #2) Review

  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    January 1, 1970
    Shadow and Flame is so much darker than the first novel and I tore through it. If I could say anything: I went into this series expecting it to be more about the messenger service and the horses. As much as I love these books I still have a large messenger-horse sized hole in my heart. Right next to Bonner's giant hole. Basically I have no heart right now. Shadow and Flame branched a span of almost two years, and it was weird to have that kind of time go by from the prologue to the rest of the b Shadow and Flame is so much darker than the first novel and I tore through it. If I could say anything: I went into this series expecting it to be more about the messenger service and the horses. As much as I love these books I still have a large messenger-horse sized hole in my heart. Right next to Bonner's giant hole. Basically I have no heart right now. Shadow and Flame branched a span of almost two years, and it was weird to have that kind of time go by from the prologue to the rest of the book. It was a much darker book but was generally interesting and kept me engaged thru the whole nearly 500 pages.As the events filled themselves in between the prologue and the book, my heart just crumbled and only ever got put 2/3 of the way back together. It was sooooo wrong what Rendborne was orchestrating through Gavril. I think the characters that I liked all got good endings, and one of my favorite aspects was the black&white uror legend. That part of the storyline had a wonderful ending, and it made my day that the Uror horse had a role in the ending.I developed an irrational hate for Signe's character though, how dare she withhold information that is vital to the resistance, then have the nerve to go off on a high horse at Kate? If she wasn't so valuable, I bet someone would have considered her treasonous. You don't get a choice when it comes to putting others in even greater danger. I didn't ship her romance at all either, and it seemed that a lot of her bitterness had rubbed off on DalOtherwise... I mean I would have liked to see more of the rebuild, but it seems like the world was left in an okay position. There is nothing wrong with a little happily ever after, and I like being able to feel reasonably satified at the end of a series. I would 100% recommend these if you like fantasy and magic and darkness😁
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  • Brooke Witherow
    January 1, 1970
    The ending made this book. My eyes watered (NO ONE IS SAFE!) at the end because ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Also I thought the end was cool, for lack of a better word. Loved the uror. I want to draw this horse now. Love, love, love, love.Loved the line, “Her grief was like the tide—nothing could hold it back.” ***bit of a spoiler ahead, though you might not understand it if you haven’t started reading it.... but be warned****. One sticking point for me was I didn’t get why the smoke didn’t spread at the end The ending made this book. My eyes watered (NO ONE IS SAFE!) at the end because ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Also I thought the end was cool, for lack of a better word. Loved the uror. I want to draw this horse now. Love, love, love, love.Loved the line, “Her grief was like the tide—nothing could hold it back.” ***bit of a spoiler ahead, though you might not understand it if you haven’t started reading it.... but be warned****. One sticking point for me was I didn’t get why the smoke didn’t spread at the end. I think I must have missed something? I was terrified it might kill the uror, but at a minimum thought it would spread. I would love another book and am hoping we will get one. I will definitely be reading it if one comes out and I will be keeping an eye out for future books from this author. All in all I would recommend the series. I enjoyed it. It has horses, magic, romance, an interesting take on magic, and two great side characters (*Signe and Dal I’m looking at you*).
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  • Lesa Divine
    January 1, 1970
    4 🌟Enjoyable read. Continuing from part 1.The Wilders are slaves in the pit. Edwin is king. Where's Corwin. Kate is queen of then Wilders. Making sure to keep peace.But when Dal life is threaten she most go save him. But finding out more about Corwin and a wilder just like her.The author isn't afraid to kill off characters ugh but hey that's the jest of it all. To fall for characters but not sure if they'll make it to the end. I enjoyed this series.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions expressed in my review are my own. I am so unbelievably impressed with this book and this series. This was such a brilliant finale to end this story. There are some bittersweet moments towards the end. I may not recover from this book hangover that is coming. First of all, this book starts off with a bang, for certain. The prologue was just shocking and unexpected. The entire sequence of events, from th Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions expressed in my review are my own. I am so unbelievably impressed with this book and this series. This was such a brilliant finale to end this story. There are some bittersweet moments towards the end. I may not recover from this book hangover that is coming. First of all, this book starts off with a bang, for certain. The prologue was just shocking and unexpected. The entire sequence of events, from the first book through the end of this book, are so expertly planned out. I loved the overall plot of the series. The foreshadowing from the first book is so clear now that I've read this book. All the loose ends are tied up nicely and the ending is so satisfying. The world-building in this book really surpasses that of the last book. I loved the vivid details about this world and this book only expands on them. We get to experience life in Seva as well as Rime. There is so much more lore and backstory ingrained in this book. So many surprising details about this world are revealed. The characters in this series become such a part of you as you read this story. I adored the characters in the first book but they grow so much in this book. They go through heartbreaking ordeals after the events of the first book. The characters go on some very personal journeys through their grief and trials. The character growth is wonderful. I have grown very attached to these characters and I am sad that this journey with them has come to an end. Kate has a personal journey in this book. She has to come to terms with her power and how she uses it. She finds that there is a fine line between right and wrong and she has to find a balance within herself to be the best person she can be. Corwin's journey is a sad and emotional one. He endures so much in this second installment and I think that I felt the most for his character in particular. His character development in this book really wowed me. The cast of secondary characters in this series is magnificent. Sometimes when I read a book I find myself not caring as much about the secondary characters but that definitely is not the case with this book series. These characters, both the good and the bad, are ones that evoke emotion in the reader. I felt connected to each and every one of them in one way or another. They are built and executed perfectly. I found myself caring just as much about their character development and their character arcs as I did for the two main characters. This is definitely an ensemble cast of characters. I love how the romance was wrapped up in this. The struggles that both Kate and Corwin go through before reuniting affects their relationship. I also liked how Kate's power and her use of it became a conflict between them after reuniting. It was especially emotional because of how Corwin had been tortured with that same power while he was being held captive in Seva. I liked the resolution between them also came from them growing individually. All in all, I really enjoyed their love story. They are well suited for each other and they really do complete each other and bring out the best parts of each other. I found the author's writing style incredibly addictive. The writing is so smooth and eloquent. It is absolutely top-notch quality writing. Overall, I couldn't have been more pleased with the finale to this incredible book series! I am so sad that this was only a duology because I loved it so much and I just want more. I can't recommend this book and this series enough! You will not be disappointed with it. If you want to read a fantasy that will consume your thoughts then pick this one up!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Erin Wilder
    January 1, 1970
    I was so incredibly disappointed by this book. Which makes me very sad because I really really enjoyed Onyx and Ivory. In the first book I loved the characters. They were strong and lovely. They felt completely off in this book. I found it quite hard to keep reading and often I was rolling my eyes. I'm not quite Game of Thrones series finally disappointed, but still pretty disappointed :(
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  • ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
    January 1, 1970
    How did I not already have this added?! I've only been craving it since October!! 😵
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Prepare yourselves for more action, politics, and mystery in the sequel of Ony & Ivory! Leaving the gorgeous new cover behind I have to stand by my amazement of how Mindee kept me glued to the page chapter after chapter AFTER giving me THAT prologue! (you can read it on my blog tour stop)Kate and gang have to deal with a new upcoming threat that will be a great th I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Prepare yourselves for more action, politics, and mystery in the sequel of Ony & Ivory! Leaving the gorgeous new cover behind I have to stand by my amazement of how Mindee kept me glued to the page chapter after chapter AFTER giving me THAT prologue! (you can read it on my blog tour stop)Kate and gang have to deal with a new upcoming threat that will be a great threat to every wilder as also to the ones Kate loves most. And I couldn't help but love every time horses appeared in the chapters! You will not be disappointed by the romance and the friendship either!
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    So, if you’re like me and hate small talk worse than putting your finger into a meat grinder you’ll get what I’m about to say: this book was like being stuck making small talk with no means of escape. I loved ONYX AND IVORY. I loved it so much that I rated it up there with some of my fav fantasies of all time. Which is why I’m so disappointed in this sequel. The characters felt off. In the first book, they had heart. They had depth. I cared for them as I would my own. They didn’t reel me in this So, if you’re like me and hate small talk worse than putting your finger into a meat grinder you’ll get what I’m about to say: this book was like being stuck making small talk with no means of escape. I loved ONYX AND IVORY. I loved it so much that I rated it up there with some of my fav fantasies of all time. Which is why I’m so disappointed in this sequel. The characters felt off. In the first book, they had heart. They had depth. I cared for them as I would my own. They didn’t reel me in this time around. Nor the story which was slow and glossed over in some parts. It was a rollercoaster with a shotty arm bar. Will I die of boredom or won’t I? Mostly, I’m sad. Sequels, especially in duologies are rarely ever amazing. But I had high hopes with this one. Alas...
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading Shadow & Flame, I was a bit confused by the time gap. After all, an entire revolution had taken place since the events of Onyx & Ivory. However, Arnett did a great job of filling in the gaps. It was also interesting to see how the main characters had changed since the events of both the previous book and the war that occurred between books. Shadow & Flame is told in the POV of both Kate and Corwin. I enjoyed seeing how they both grew into their roles and When I first started reading Shadow & Flame, I was a bit confused by the time gap. After all, an entire revolution had taken place since the events of Onyx & Ivory. However, Arnett did a great job of filling in the gaps. It was also interesting to see how the main characters had changed since the events of both the previous book and the war that occurred between books. Shadow & Flame is told in the POV of both Kate and Corwin. I enjoyed seeing how they both grew into their roles and fought for what they loved. However, the secondary characters that so captured my heart in the first book (Signe, Dal, Bonner, and Kiran) played very minor roles in this book. Additionally, I wasn't as big a fan of Kate and Corwin's romance in this book. There were some rather serious things in their relationship that they never dealt with. The ending also felt a tad abrupt, particularly for the last book in a series.Overall, Shadow & Flame was an entertaining novel and a good sequel to Onyx & Ivory. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a spin-off novel or series featuring Signe because she was such a fascinating character!*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Becca Mee
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Onyx and Ivory, but I LOVED Shadow and Flame. From the outset, Arnett’s writing is gripping. The stakes are high and the losses is heartbreaking. This Duology is thoroughly original with an endearing and complicated cast of characters and a amazingly developed world. And man, does Arnett have a talent for forbidden and complicated romance. This sequel is exciting and electrifying, building on the foundation set in the first book. In conclusion, this book both thrilled and devastated me I enjoyed Onyx and Ivory, but I LOVED Shadow and Flame. From the outset, Arnett’s writing is gripping. The stakes are high and the losses is heartbreaking. This Duology is thoroughly original with an endearing and complicated cast of characters and a amazingly developed world. And man, does Arnett have a talent for forbidden and complicated romance. This sequel is exciting and electrifying, building on the foundation set in the first book. In conclusion, this book both thrilled and devastated me. I absolutely recommend this series. So amazing!
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  • Jenn (The Book Refuge)
    January 1, 1970
    Non- SpoilersThis duology could have been drug out into at least one more book and I find myself thankful that the author kept it to 2. Not because I didn’t enjoy it. I think this gives both entries a lot of punch. Which isn’t always the case with young adult fantasy. You know what I mean.Kate is still amazing; she gets a power upgrade that comes with new challenges.Her and Corwin get separated in different ways than expected.There are our favorite side characters and new side characters to hate Non- SpoilersThis duology could have been drug out into at least one more book and I find myself thankful that the author kept it to 2. Not because I didn’t enjoy it. I think this gives both entries a lot of punch. Which isn’t always the case with young adult fantasy. You know what I mean.Kate is still amazing; she gets a power upgrade that comes with new challenges.Her and Corwin get separated in different ways than expected.There are our favorite side characters and new side characters to hate and love.This was a very solid sequel and finale.Spoilers!!!.......Fake death for Corwin and Bonner. It was shocking, I knew this from getting to red the first 2 chapters from being on the street team. It was intense and done in a thrilling and earned type of way. It is believable that Kate believes Corwin died and her little brother dying as well is a kick in teeth. This hardens Kate, and gives her a determined way about her to protect everyone she can.Corwin lives his life for the next year as a slave and ends up as a pawn in a political marriage. His brother Edwin has taken over and is ruling without the blessing of the goddess because the trials have not been completed. Kate and Corwin must renegotiate their relationship. This was the only frustrating part of the novel for me and the reason the book is 4.5 stars. I love these two and it was hard for them to be apart almost the whole novel and then have to rediscover each other. I understand it, it just hurt me and I felt things.Edwin dying hurt my soul, which I didn’t expect. Edwin was a poor loser and he never would have won if Corwin hadn’t been pulled away. The magic cutting weapon and the release of Shadow was chilling to me. Another thing that got a little convoluted near the end was how quickly the last trial and Kate being possessed by the goddess. It all got wrapped up a little too quickly for me.I didn’t like how Kate was treated for her Wilder gift. She was shamed for it the whole last book and I was on her side almost every time she used it. If my friends were being that stupid, I would have done what she did too. If the author wanted me to me more afraid of her, they should have made her friends less dumb, so that her using her sway was more of a violation. There just was no comparison to what she did next to what the bad guy way doing, so her comparing herself to him, it didn’t hold water.Maybe its because I identify with Kate and her need to protect her friends.Also, Dal… I will never get over it.Okay, enough ranting and rambling. I love this duology, it will remain one of my favorites.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Some books just stay with you and this series is one of those. There is so much depth and character growth and themes going on, I loved it! I was a bit fearful at the beginning when my very least liked trope was introduced (no, not a love triangle, there is one thing worse), I shan’t tell you what it is because of spoilers, but thankfully it didn’t last long. Phew. There was plenty of action to keep the plot going and it never got boring, but also not too much action, the pacing was very well do Some books just stay with you and this series is one of those. There is so much depth and character growth and themes going on, I loved it! I was a bit fearful at the beginning when my very least liked trope was introduced (no, not a love triangle, there is one thing worse), I shan’t tell you what it is because of spoilers, but thankfully it didn’t last long. Phew. There was plenty of action to keep the plot going and it never got boring, but also not too much action, the pacing was very well done. This author might just have landed on my autobuy list! I normally don’t do if you like ... you like this, but in this case I have to mention it; if you like Kiss of Deception (Remnant) by Mary E Pearson or the Winners Curse series by Marie Rutkoski, this is your next read!
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.I adored Onyx & Ivory and knew that as soon as I could, I had to get a copy of book 2, and I was not disappointed in the finale to this fantastic duology. Now that Kate and Corwin have dealt with their previous issues, and the anguish of the last book, they are fighting together as the Wilder Queen and the rightful King. However, after a disastrous prologue, they are separated again, with Corwin presumed I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.I adored Onyx & Ivory and knew that as soon as I could, I had to get a copy of book 2, and I was not disappointed in the finale to this fantastic duology. Now that Kate and Corwin have dealt with their previous issues, and the anguish of the last book, they are fighting together as the Wilder Queen and the rightful King. However, after a disastrous prologue, they are separated again, with Corwin presumed dead. For most of the book, both characters have their own story lines, with Corwin being first as prisoner/slave in the mines, and later a prisoner in the Seva court, engaged to, and forced to marry the Sevan princess. Kate, on the other hand, is leading the resistance once more. Trying to unite the other wilders left in hiding across Rime, it is up to Kate to stop Edwin's rule, and the magic that is slowly destroying their world. I loved each character's individual plot lines, and how when they joined together, the tensions off their time apart weren't just glossed over. There were real issues, and just because both characters loved each other, didn't mean that everything was hunky-dory again. In fact, the tension between the two of them made everything even more better.The story line with the goddess, and the return to the Uror Trials was fantastic, as I had hated how that had been left in book 1. Some things did feel like they happened a bit too quickly, but it was only afterwards that I thought that, not at the time. However, I felt like the secondary characters we had met and love in Onyx & Ivory were a little lacklustre in this book, but, still, I loved the book. This was the first series I've read by Mindee, and I definitely think I'll be trying some of her others in the future.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much more darker and brutal than Onyx and Ivory, but I bloody loved it! There was so many twists and turns AND SO MUCH DEATH 😭 Really recommend these books, they're so underrated in the ya fantasy genre!
  • Katie Steele
    January 1, 1970
    I love this story. A beautiful ending.•I don’t really have a full review for Shadow and Flame yet. All I can come up with, having just finished maybe five minutes ago, is that @mindeearnettauthor is brilliant and has solidly made a place for her books on my favorites shelf. Right next to Robert Jordan, Susan Dennard, Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J. Maas. Fantasy stories are my favorites, and this one is among the best I’ve read. I hope that one day I can accomplish even a fraction of what she pulled I love this story. A beautiful ending.•I don’t really have a full review for Shadow and Flame yet. All I can come up with, having just finished maybe five minutes ago, is that @mindeearnettauthor is brilliant and has solidly made a place for her books on my favorites shelf. Right next to Robert Jordan, Susan Dennard, Brandon Sanderson, Sarah J. Maas. Fantasy stories are my favorites, and this one is among the best I’ve read. I hope that one day I can accomplish even a fraction of what she pulled off in this book, maybe make one person feel the way this story made me feel. Now I just have to deal with the inevitable book hangover that is sure to plague me!
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  • Taylor Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    This book was awesome! I read it in a day and it was a completely perfect ending. I loved it. I loved the character development and the struggles. I loved Corwin dealing with his captivity and his emotions. I loved how his feeling became complicated. I loved Kate and how she struggled through grief. The book started off as a tragedy and ended beautifully.
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  • Shalini | Book Rambler
    January 1, 1970
    “He was no different from any other man. He bled and wept and suffered and loved.”Disclaimer: You should obviously not read Shadow & Flame if you haven't read Onyx and Ivory, the first book in the duology. This review may contain spoilers. Shadow & Flame follows Kate Brighton and gang six months after the conclusion of Onyx and Ivory. We get to read dual povs of Kate and prince Corwin as we did in the previous book. I liked Shadow & Flame more than its predecessor because of its pac “He was no different from any other man. He bled and wept and suffered and loved.”Disclaimer: You should obviously not read Shadow & Flame if you haven't read Onyx and Ivory, the first book in the duology. This review may contain spoilers. Shadow & Flame follows Kate Brighton and gang six months after the conclusion of Onyx and Ivory. We get to read dual povs of Kate and prince Corwin as we did in the previous book. I liked Shadow & Flame more than its predecessor because of its pace, action sequences, twists, and turns.The story starts with a rescue operation where Kate ultimately loses her half brother along with other Wilders. The rescue operation is not a total failure as she also rescues some Wilders. Then we fast forward a year, where we see that a war was fought and the Wilders managed to gain a stronghold in an area of Rime. Kate is now called Wilder Queen, along with other monikers. We also see Kate battle-hardened and quick to make decisions which ultimately leads her and her friends into great trouble.“Signe did not cry. Not for anything. But now, she let out a deep, tremulous sob against Dal’s chest.”Prince Corwin- lest I forget- also went through many upheavals and his character arc has developed throughout the book. I didn’t like him at all in Onyx & Ivory but he seems more relatable now except in some places.However, there wasn't enough of Dal’s (Corwin’s best friend) dialogues and that was one of the few things I hated.Overall, I highly recommend this duology because of its interesting characters, action-filled plot. The romance isn’t central to the story but it’s there. There are also horses, magic, tragedy, and hope.Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.Links: BLOG | TWITTER | INSTA
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The second in the Onyx & Ivory duology. I also listened to this one. While I still enjoyed the story, it took me a little longer to get through this one. As is typical sometimes in series books, the subsequent books are typically not as good as the first. I can’t decide if that is the case for Shadow & Flame or not. It definitely takes us to darker places. There are more twists and turns than there were in the first, so it’s still quite entertaining. We take place where we left off. In t The second in the Onyx & Ivory duology. I also listened to this one. While I still enjoyed the story, it took me a little longer to get through this one. As is typical sometimes in series books, the subsequent books are typically not as good as the first. I can’t decide if that is the case for Shadow & Flame or not. It definitely takes us to darker places. There are more twists and turns than there were in the first, so it’s still quite entertaining. We take place where we left off. In the first book, Corwan has disappeared, and Kate is hanging out with her other friends the wilders in captivity. I don’t want to give anything away here, but strange things begin to happen. Because this book is told from two perspectives (Corwin’s and Kate’s), you know that Corwan is alive and well, but not completely himself...you’ll have to read it to see what I mean. I still don’t understand why two narrators couldn’t voice this book. It would have worked so much better.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    I've spent about 3 days trying to figure out how I felt about this book. I still don't think I've figured it out but if I wait too much longer I will literally never write anything ever.I loved the way this book was written and I was very partial to Corwin (which is kind of funny because I distinctly remember being very not partial to him for the first part of the last book). I read this entire thing in a day because I had such a hard time putting it down, the pacing was really perfect and I lov I've spent about 3 days trying to figure out how I felt about this book. I still don't think I've figured it out but if I wait too much longer I will literally never write anything ever.I loved the way this book was written and I was very partial to Corwin (which is kind of funny because I distinctly remember being very not partial to him for the first part of the last book). I read this entire thing in a day because I had such a hard time putting it down, the pacing was really perfect and I love the way that there weren't many mundane details to drag the story down. I never quite knew what was going to happen which is always a lot of fun.I think what's giving me such a hard time is the fact that I remember loving all of the secondary characters so much in the first book and they were barely present at all this time around. My own expectations are making it hard for me to be objective. Kate also kind of drove me a little crazy. I mean, I get that she had this inner conflict but even as she started alienating people because of her own pigheadedness, she didn't even flinch in her convictions. Which kind if fits with her character as she is very headstrong but if there's one person in the world she would do anything for, it's Signe. Right? So if you start pissing off your person, wouldn't you think twice about how you're approaching things?Speaking of Signe, I felt like the end could have been hinting at a spin-off for her and I would totally be down with that. I love her so much.Overall, I still don't know. It's not a three star book honestly, but I didn't have the connection with it that I usually have with my other 4 stars. I haven't been this indecisive about a rating in a while and it's a little bit ridiculous really.
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  • Marine Bernier
    January 1, 1970
    A-MA-ZING !!! Please read this duology !!!I had a blast devouring those 2 books ! Got the first in a FAIRYLOOT boxe - they nailed it. Magic, passion, action, fights, love, friendship, secrets and YA tropes well woven. You won't be disappointed <3
  • Alana Arco
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars—I didn’t connect as well with the second book in the series, but still thought it was an exciting read for the most part. I felt like some elements of the story weren’t explained as well as they could have been.
  • Shane
    January 1, 1970
    3⭐⭐⭐ this story is filled to the brink with action and advature. Unfortunately there is so much it feels like an overkill.
  • Booklover925
    January 1, 1970
    I like the magic system and the world, but it kind of dragged at the beginning.
  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited for the sequel because of how much I adored the original characters, but I didn’t find the story to be exciting nor original.It was a continuation of book 1 for the most part...
  • Morgan | Mashleas Reads
    January 1, 1970
    » 3.5 stars «A good conclusion to this duology.
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    4.5. Loved the ending! Love the story of what they went through and how much they really seem to appreciate life more because of that. I know the jacket says this is the end of the story, a 2-book series/duology, but I could ABSOLUTELY see a spin-off with Signe and the Esh Islands and the Furen Mag! And any of the other lands as well. Loved the world-building. Was angry several times throughout the book and to me that ranks highly - for a book, a collection of words on a page, to evoke feelings 4.5. Loved the ending! Love the story of what they went through and how much they really seem to appreciate life more because of that. I know the jacket says this is the end of the story, a 2-book series/duology, but I could ABSOLUTELY see a spin-off with Signe and the Esh Islands and the Furen Mag! And any of the other lands as well. Loved the world-building. Was angry several times throughout the book and to me that ranks highly - for a book, a collection of words on a page, to evoke feelings when read, is amazing and wonderful.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This sequel to Onyx & Ivory broke my heart in the first chapter! Angst is the perfect word for what I felt the first half of the book. I do not want to give away any of the plot points for this sequel, so I will just say that the characters I loved in the first book continue their fight against evil to save their friends and their kingdom. Mage magic and Wilder magic have to work together to see this accomplished. Corwin must finish the uror trials to determine if he is worthy to be king and This sequel to Onyx & Ivory broke my heart in the first chapter! Angst is the perfect word for what I felt the first half of the book. I do not want to give away any of the plot points for this sequel, so I will just say that the characters I loved in the first book continue their fight against evil to save their friends and their kingdom. Mage magic and Wilder magic have to work together to see this accomplished. Corwin must finish the uror trials to determine if he is worthy to be king and Kate has to learn by her mistakes how far she can go with her sway ability without crossing the line to become as bad as her enemy. I really enjoyed this duology.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Shadow & Flame is the final installment in author Mindee Arnett's Rime Chronicles. The story picks up around 6 months after the ending of Onyx and Ivory. Shadow & Flame is told in the POV of both Kate Brighton and Corwin Tormane, High Prince of Rime who has been labeled as a traitor. However, Kate and Corwin get separated in the beginning of the story after so many shocking things go wrong, and spend most of it apart tryin *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Shadow & Flame is the final installment in author Mindee Arnett's Rime Chronicles. The story picks up around 6 months after the ending of Onyx and Ivory. Shadow & Flame is told in the POV of both Kate Brighton and Corwin Tormane, High Prince of Rime who has been labeled as a traitor. However, Kate and Corwin get separated in the beginning of the story after so many shocking things go wrong, and spend most of it apart trying to deal with their own personal.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I think this world is such a cool concept, and the second book definitely delivered better than the first. The romance is just underdeveloped, and I found it interesting that she just totally skipped the Wilder War when that would have provided so much more of a foundation for Kate's character.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so disappointed...I really enjoyed the first book but this one had none of the fun and adventure its predecessor has. It was rushed, clumsy, and dramatic to the point of eye rolling. The characters seemed like shells of themselves and were so OOC. I’m bummed.
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