* This is the second book in the series and the following summary and review will contain spoilers for book 1. You can find my review of book 1, here.
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Published by: Jennifer Ellision; August 18, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars
Riot of Storm and Smoke picks up right where Threats of Sea and Sky ended. Bree, along with Princess Aleta and Adept Tregle are fleeing the castle after the confrontation with the King’s right hand Kat and the tragic death of Bree’s father. Bree is devastated, but she must leave her father’s body behind and try to escape the power hungry King of Egria.
I absolutely loved book 1 and I was beyond excited for book 2. I was reminded very quickly of why I loved book 1 so much. This book was action-packed, the characters really shined, and Bree was the same strong willed, stubborn, flawed girl, I loved so much from the first book.
Bree, along with Princess Aleta, Adept Tregle, and Underground resistance member Meddie set off from Egria to find a ship that will take them to the island kingdom of Nereidium, to warn them of the King’s evil plan and to join the fight. Along the journey they come across many hardships. The hot sun and desert climate, litlle to eat or drink, and even bandits. Bree particularly struggles with the hear because of her water throwing ability, which Bree may or may not have anymore.
On the other hand, Prince Caden is standing up o his father and trying to build an army to join the fight. Caden really shined in this book. We really get a glimpse of the king-to-be and it is very impressive. He risks everything to stop his father from ruining the kingdom that will someday be his. He wants what is best for Egria and isn’t afraid to go against his father to make sure the kingdom stays whole.
I loved how subtle the romance was in book 1 and I love how we got to see a little more of it in book 2. Even though Caden and Bree are separated for much of this book, their feelings were very evident.They love each other and support each other. I really love them as a couple and as separate people.
I loved Bree’s struggle in this book and how she deals with her situation. She finds out that she is actually the Nereid Princess, but because she is the only one who knows she decides not to say anything. She’s worried that she is not enough for Nereidium, that she isn’t the Princess the need. She is also having trouble with her water throwing ability or lack of ability. She is caught up in her grief and guilt and the ghost of Kat, who is happily haunting her, that it’s affecting her powers.
I love Bree as a character. She is strong and stubborn , but when it comes time to fight she is right there. She may not be exactly ready to lead a kingdom, but she is certainly not going to give it up without a fight. I love the internal struggle Bree goes through and how that ends up playing out in the book.
I was actually sad when this book ended because I just wanted to read more. I am really enjoying this series and you have no idea how much I am looking forward to book 3. I really loved this book and I highly recommend it.