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As the Shadow Rises: The Age of Darkness, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Love, religion, and magic mix in twisty, satisfying sequel.

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Fans of the first book will be thrilled with this sequel, which combines ample helpings of romance, magic, and twisty dark prophesies. There are six major characters here that each get their turn narrating. The most compelling narrators are Jude and Anton. Their forbidden romance heats up, Jude questions his rigid religious beliefs that keep him from what he desires, and they both run from zealots that want to strip them of power and destroy the world. They are very easy to root for. Ephyra, on the other hand, is hard to root for. She thinks murder solves everything and starts a disastrous sexual relationship with someone she doesn't trust. Her treasure-hunting escapades are exciting, though.

The other two storylines also add intrigue. Prince Hassan falls in with the wrong rebels, who have more violent aims, and uncovers some important relics. Beru and Hector find a little romance and an evil force in the desert. Because they are all part of the Prophecy, you know the storylines have to come together eventually, and they do in dramatic, twisty fashion. Some of the twistiness is hard to follow -- like whose side the Hierophant is really on -- but the thrilling conclusion sets up the finale well.

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