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Revelation (Rai-Kirah #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,544 ratings  ·  78 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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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
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
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!
Revised review after the second reading; August, 2014

The magic of the first book was not repeated here. This is the infamous sophomore slum - 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 to
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
No Nonsense Review:
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

The Details, No Spoilers:
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 'literarily' ble
Nov 04, 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
This one was possibly better than the first, I just can't rate it too high because when I think about this book I have to remember the 3rd in the series and that one was pretty disappointing.

The biggest problem I had with book 2 was that it's set in a sort of spirit world, within a fantasy land. Now when you write a fantasy novel with new fantasy lands and places, personally I'd prefer that the book deviate from this place as little as possible. Not that I'm afraid of new places in a fantasy sto
I didn't read this second book as fast as the first one, but I was in holiday for the first one, I read a lot less on working days. Another reason for reading slower is that I was less hooked by this story, except for the last quarter where I couldn't stop reading till the end.

In this second part of the trilogy, we find Seyonne back home as a warrior fighting demons. But home isn't like it used to be for him, because he isn't the same person as before being a slave. He is questioning tradition,
Jen A.
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
Jun 11, 2008 Cedony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers.
After everything that had happened to poor Seyonne during the first book in the series, I was hoping that he'd have a nice, lazy life in Ezzaria. He would have definitely deserved it...but of course, that wouldn't have made much of a book. You need conflict, and intrigue, and there were spades of that in Revelation.

Here, Carol Berg finally answers some questions that are held over from the first book in the Trilogy. Most importantly; why the Ezzarians engage in their battle with the demons.

I was
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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 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,
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
(This review may contain spoilers).

This book took me a little while to read - not because it was badly written, but it got to be so intense that I had to start reading something else. And then I lost the thread of the story for quite a while.

I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first, although Seyonne's people really irritated me. The only one I truly came close to liking was Fiona - and even she took quite a long time to grow on me. However, she was one of the more interesting chara
I loved the characters and the well done first person narrative of the first book in the series. The plot was enjoyable and the world was well done.

The writing is up to the same high standard in the second book, but most of what I liked about the first book was absent.

1) You barely see Prince Alexander anywhere in the book. Or much of any character beyond Syeonne, the main protagonist. Lots of villain/antagonist face time though. Too much.

2) The "world", it's cultures and societal interactions a
This was a great book. Strangely, it is the second in a series, and I enjoyed it without reading the first one, which I will now have to go back and read. I picked it up almost by accident to read on a plane (it was the paperback version). The world it conjures is original, and the hero is flawed; I like how he spends the first two thirds of the book digging himself deeper into trouble. Though you know he will survive (it's a first person narrative and there is a sequel) there is still enough su ...more
Unfortunately, I read the book over many months and this happened also because the book had his bad moments. Differently from the first of the serie, Transformation, Revelation didn't keep my attention alert for the whole book. The story is intriguing, but there are too many characters in the pot and the plot tends to become over complex.
The central part of the story, when Seyonne is in the land of the demons, is hard to follow and it was there where I lost the interest for the story. I got ho
A great book, but not quite as good as the first. I think that's because this one was more plot-driven than character-driven, and she does characters so well and so thoroughly.

I enjoyed the way I was not sure how either book would end; she treats her characters so ... I don't want to say poorly - perhaps honestly is a better word. You don't have the constant reassurance that all will end up all right that you do in books where it is clear that the author cares about them. While these characters
Sep 03, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Karen by: Kim
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is the second book in Carol Berg's Transformation / Revelation / Restoration trilogy. Darker than the first book, I found I liked it better. (It's still a little name-heavy in parts, but not to the distracting extent of book one.) There is one section that I first thought went on a bit too long, but it was probably necessary in order to create the proper effect on the reader. The plot involves treachery and redemption, and the phantasms of reality and of the spirit/demon realm. Perhaps most ...more
Restoration could have been a stand-alone; Revelation has a sort of "cliffhanger" ending.

Again, Berg shows her mastery of characterization, plotting and pacing. I love that her books are smart enough that I'm not embarrassed to be seen reading them, as I would be with more crack!fic or "Twinkie" type books, yet I can read them late at night, when I'm exhausted.

Will Seyonne clear his name with the Ezzarians?

Will his wife and son be restored to him?

I'm betting yes, but, by now, I'm familiar enoug
Berg uses 50 words when 5 will do. 3/4 of the book takes place in interminable internal monologue. Complete over use of ellipsis with all that entails. While some good parts sparkle, overall I'm just glad it's over.
How terribly disappointing after the 5-star first book of the trilogy!

I think what went wrong with this one for me is that in the first book (_Transformation_), the narrator is nearly always in relationship with Aleksander, the Empire's prince and his master (Seyonne is a slave). It's the dynamic between the two that drives the story, and is so incredibly well done. In _Revelation_, Seyonne is nearly always isolated and nearly always depressed, so his first-person narration is only the stuff in
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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 Col
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Transformation (Rai-Kirah, #1) Restoration (Rai-Kirah, #3) Son of Avonar (The Bridge of D'Arnath, #1) Flesh and Spirit (Lighthouse, #1) Breath and Bone (Lighthouse, #2)

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