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Revelation (Rai-Kirah #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,449 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Two years after his battle with the Lord of Demons, Seyonne is tired, troubled, angry, and frustrated. As Ezzaria's only remaining Warden, he carries the entire burden of the worsening demon war on his shoulders. But a demon encounter unlike any in Ezzarian memory leads Seyonne to question everything he has ever believed. And his search for a demon-possessed child becomes ...more
Kindle Edition, 500 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Roc (first published 2001)
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Apr 05, 2017 Antigone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Those who visit the Recommendations section of the Goodreads universe with any sort of frequency will probably recognize me. I'm one of the handful (perhaps six?) who are responding to requests with something fundamental; some solid piece of work that's probably been around long enough to have grown a bit of stubble, yet meets the criteria and survives a swift comparison of shelves. I'm big on traditional heft, which often leaves me ignored. And who can blame them? I, too, want that fresh, cutti ...more
I've been terrible about writing reviews lately, so I'm going to do a quick summary of thoughts instead. It's better than nothing, right?

I enjoyed this quite a bit less than the first book, which wasn't hard since that one was amazing. This is the second book in a trilogy, so everything had to get all messed up. It was dark. Seyonne pretty much could do nothing right, alienated everyone possible, went through immense pain, doubt, and hell, and I felt terrible for him most of the time. I could ha
May 30, 2015 Alissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ebooks
Truly a powerful sequel to Transformation. I was pleasantly surprised –yet again – by Berg’s masterful story building and elegant prose. I truly enjoyed the way the events of the previous book, which can be read as a standalone, deftly lead to another complex conflict with rich ramifications.

”Astonishing how old fear returns like a well- worn garment, still fitting perfectly well, though you believe yourself grown long past its use”

I didn't think I would have liked this one as much as the stunni
Jan 30, 2017 YouKneeK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Rai-Kirah trilogy, which I originally read in print five or six years ago. This past November, I started listening to the series in audio during commutes. I’m a terrible audiobook listener, but this series is one of my very few successes.

In my review of the first book, I wrote at excessive length about my difficulties with audiobooks and why this series is working for me, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much here. However, I do want to comment again on the narrat
Sadly, Revelation is nowhere near as involving as Transformation was. While Transformation was flawed, its beating heart was the relationship between Seyonne and Aleksander, and that relationship was almost completely absent in this follow-up. Instead, the novel follows Seyonne back to Ezzaria and then through several large set-pieces, each of which felt too dragged out. None of the new characters grabbed me, and the resolution was obvious from 200 pages away.

I think the major flaw in this novel
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

It's a bit complicated to write what this book is about. Except for lots and lots of things. Wonderful world building though. I loved seeing and finding out how the demons work, the history of demons and Ezzarians, what made them war against each other. It was so well done.

Better prepare for lots of angst. Once again. Like i said, this series is not for the faint hearted.

There were many plot twists I did not expect and it was hard, like it was to Seyonne, to figure out
Aug 10, 2011 Dorothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to relate what I found unsatisfactory about this book without revealing more than I would have cared to know, prior to reading the book, myself. I’ll avoid spoilers by saying this - The standard plot ( Protagonist, of the “Guy redeemed from ill use/bad habits” sort, moves a step up from his former nature/life to better strength and wisdom before some terrible cliff-hanger ensues.) that is found in most series; is rather absent from this second book: Revelation. It's almost refresh ...more
Maggie K
Dec 11, 2012 Maggie K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series...true epic fantasy regarding demons possession and one man's search for the truth of the afflictions beginning.
This book loses one star for bogging down a little in the middle while our hero is held captive by the Rai-Kirah, but things evolve in unforeseen ways, which makes me even more excited for book 3!
Feb 20, 2012 Lady*M rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Revised review after the second reading; August, 2014

The magic of the first book was not repeated here. This is the infamous sophomore slump - the second book in the trilogy and Berg's second effort overall. Good to know that she managed to (exceptionally) improve her narrative skills later on.

The story dragged and dragged in the middle when Seyonne was under enchantment and I missed Aleksander very much. Plus, Yssane is so underdeveloped that she is basically a paper doll and she is supposed t
Melissa Stacy
"Revelation" is the first of two sequels for the absolutely magnificent fantasy "Transformation." This second book is good, but there were a number of structural issues that kept "Revelation" from having the kind of emotional impact the first novel had.

The hot-tempered Prince Aleksander, whose friendship with the main character, Seyonne, created the main plot of "Tranformation," appeared in this book only briefly, in the beginning and end. I missed Aleksander's presence fiercely.

This sequel in
May 15, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Writing: 4
Story: 4
Satisfaction: 4

A solid followup to Transformation though parts seemed like the protagonist was being brutalized just to out-do the brutalization in the last novel. Poor Seyonne. He just kept getting kicked and kicked. It seems like he drew the worst life hand that one could possibly get. I really hope he gets his happy ending at the end of the trilogy.

Transformation ends with Aleksander, a Derzhi prince, giving Seyonne his papers of freedom and the land of Ezzaria back to his
James Calderon
Jun 16, 2013 James Calderon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When someone asks me for something new to read, especially if they've read a lot of fantasy previously. I always ask;

"Have you read Carol Berg? Because if not, you need to." ~James Calderon

I can't claim that I had read a lot, at the time I first took up "Revelation" by Carol Berg. The majority of my literary experience laid in the hands of Terry Brooks but when I picked up "Revelation", randomly from a Hastings circa pre-2004, the book 'literately' blew me away.

To the book's great credit. I did
Nov 03, 2011 Contrarius added it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed most of this book very much. Other reviewers are correct in saying that the middle section (which Seyonne spends in the demon realm) goes on for too long, and that section is not very well or concisely written. And other authors, such as Richard Morgan in his fantasies, depict physical torture and mental confusion more effectively than Berg does here. But aside from those complaints, most of the book is an affecting tale of a hero who keeps giving everything he has despite believing th ...more
May 14, 2013 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4.5/5 9/10
While some books are complex because of a large cast of characters and multiple storylines, Berg weaves a story that is as intricate as any, with only a handful of characters and plots. Even as Seyonne yearns for understanding and vows to do the right thing, the reader also longs for all the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place and for Seyonne's plans to not all go awry. This is a story that truly engages one's curiosity with a desire to comprehend. The urge to keep reading is not j
Jan 03, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My goodness, I thought Seyonne was tortured in the first book. Hooo boy. Nothing compared to what he went through in this one. I enjoyed this book but I'd be lying if I said I loved it as much as the first one. Perhaps because I love the dynamic between Seyonne and Aleksander so much and I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more interactions between them in this one. On the flip side, Fiona was a welcome addition. Overall, another great read.
Apr 13, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
4.75 stars

It would be five stars except that there was an overly long (for me) passage in the middle with Seyonne in the land of the demons that didn't keep my interest. Beginning and ending were fabulous. The psychological underpinnings are spot-on and the action compelling. This is a fabulous trilogy. I am now beginning Restoration.
Mary Soon Lee
Jun 20, 2017 Mary Soon Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in Carol Berg's "Rai-Kirah" fantasy trilogy. I enjoyed two thirds of the book very much, the other third less so.

Specifically (view spoiler)
May 01, 2011 Quigui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Viridiana Kylar Blint
I liked this second installment almost as much as the first one.
My only problems were that the time in the void and in Kir'Vagonoth seemed to stretch for really long.
And I wanted to see more of Aleksander.
Other than that, Blaise was a good addition to the story and I was surprised at how much I ended up liking Fiona. I hope to see more of them in the last book which I'm gonna start right this second.
Rachel Hulse
Jun 29, 2017 Rachel Hulse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so loved this series. The worlds and mythology Berg creates always amazes me!
Mar 03, 2017 Hadasa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do NOT read this book if you loved the first one!!
This book and the next completely ruin the beautiful ending of Transformation!!
Transformation is my favorite book by fare and after reading Revelation & Restoration I had to work really hard to block out what happened in them so I can continue loving Transformation!
Feb 10, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 9, fantasy, 2013
I keep wanting to give this 10/10 because I'm remembering the ending, which was amazing. I'm stopping myself however, because there was a section in the middle that dragged terribly while I was reading it, but it's still a wonderful and amazing book so I'm compromising with a 9/10.

I was kind of nervous starting this as the title suggested something disturbing was going to be discovered. I was right, and rather astounded by the wrinkle Berg threw into the mix. I'd kind of guessed the basic idea,
Sep 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
At the end of Transformation, I knew the story was far from done. Seyonne and Aleksander had defeated a demon and prevented a war, but still had to deal with the repercussions. Their victory had been, in part, a private one. The incidents leading up to Aleksander’s possession left a very real mark, and Seyonne had many more battles to fight.

Seyonne has more than demons to battle, however. His every move is scrutinised by the Ezzarians, many of whom still consider him to be unclean, or unworthy.
Oct 03, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm on page 314. I suppose this is a warning to all those I recommended book 1 to because I'm really struggling with this second book in the series. It's so graphic and unrelenting and the main character has lost absolutely everything and everyone, so I'm floundering along with him. Nothing happens but this incessant suffering for page after page.

I'm persevering, but thought I'd give the heads up. I would still read Transformation, even if it ends up that I don't like the rest of the series. Boo
Nov 13, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two of The Rai~Kirah follows Seyonne, Warden of Souls on a very different adventure. He is back in Ezzaria and has served a year as the sole active Warden when a strange confrontation with a demon troubles him, and his reaction troubles his fellow Ezzarians even more. As a result Seyonne soon finds himself on is travels again, and then sought by Aleksander, but in his efforts to help his Prince he perversely ends up fighting against him on the side of the rebels. Here he meets Blaise, the r ...more
Beautiful, engaging writing and the same edge-of-your-seat action and twist after plot twist as Transformation, but (unbelievably) this book is even more brutal on poor Seyonne than the last. The first half was very interesting/engaging and moved along as any good, inventive adventure story would, but then in the second half... ugh. Things just seriously kept going from bad to worse to EVEN worse without giving our poor hero or us readers much of a break at any point--especially towards the end. ...more
Jen A.
Nov 22, 2012 Jen A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I recently inhaled Berg's Rai-Kirah trilogy of Transformation, Revelation, and Restoration, and overall I have to be honest and say that I really enjoyed these books -- the characters and the story lines.

This trilogy isn't perfect, as some reviewers have noted... Berg definitely could have created deeper, more nuanced characters (especially the women). And the 2nd and 3rd books suffer a bit from the lack of interaction between Seyonne and Alexander (this partnership that was the focus of the 1s
Aug 13, 2007 An rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Revelation is the second book in Carol Berg's Rai-Kirah series. This book takes place a couple years after Transformation and picks up with where life has taken Seyonne. Back among his own people again in Ezzaria, Seyonne continues battling the evil demons who possess the souls of mortals. When Seyonne enters a battle to find a demon that claims to have been welcomed by its host and wishes only to learn of the world, Seyonne becomes entangled in a stange quest for the truth behind the existence ...more
I didn't think it would be possible for me to like Revelation as much as I liked Transformation, but that's only because the bar had been set so high in my opinion. And I didn't like Revelation as much. To be honest, this was sort of a disappointment following Transformation. The plot of Revelation is too convoluted. One of the beautiful things about Transformation was its fairly straight forward plot: Demon in Aleksander threatens him and if left alone threatens the world, so they have to learn ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed this book. While not as good as the first one, it was interesting and thoughtful and particularly some of the early sections were quite good.

The later parts of the book left me deeply frustrated though. Several major character motivations were not developed enough to be believable and thus felt like artificial insertions to achieve a plot goal, and the author began to rely heavily on the main character having lost his memory or being insensate to create tension. Instead of the
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Carol Berg is the author of the epic fantasy
The Books of the Rai-kirah, The Bridge of D'Arnath Quartet, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winning Lighthouse Duet - Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone - the standalone novel Song of the Beast , and the three novels of the Collegia Magica.

Berg holds a degree in mathematics from Rice University, and a degree in computer science from the University of Co
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