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The Ruined City (The Veiled Isles Trilogy #2)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Paula Brandon’s epic and captivating trilogy continues as magic and mystery wreak havoc with the very fabric of existence.

Reality is wavering. Soon its delicate balance will shift and an ancient force will return to overwhelm the Veiled Isles. Now those with the arcane talent forge an uneasy alliance in hopes that their combined abilities are enough to avert an eerie catas
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2012)
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Once again returning to the simmering pot of trouble and magic that is the fantasy land of the Veiled Isles, Paula Brandon's second effort in the series is a sadly rather mixed one with The Ruined City. A larger worldview and a focus outside of main character Jianna certainly allows for more options and ideas, twists and turns, all to varying degrees of success. With plagues, intelligent automatons, revolution, amphibian humanoids, the walking dead,
At this point we are learning more about each of the central characters and what the great "reversal" will mean to the Veiled Isles if Innesqu Belandor and the other practioners of the arcane arts are unable to band together as one to save the world as they know it.

We find that someone thought dead, is not. Falaste and Jianna travel to Vitrisi together, as Falaste is in search of his sister Celisse. There is more murder, disease and destruction taking place in Vitrisi and in the rest of the Veil
A more polished FBC rv instead of the original raw thoughts but content is pretty much same so I kept only this

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: "The Ruined City" is a direct sequel to "The Traitor's Daughter" and a typical middle series novel insofar things advance but nothing is really resolved. The book was still fun to read as style but the content was too standard this time so I found myself reading a few pages and then putting it down so I do not get too bored by what happens and then repeating this a fe
See my review for The Traitor's Daughter.

I was gasping to read this second instalment, and I wanted to pull out my hair when I learnt I had to wait months for the third.

But I wasn't left with that typical second-book-of-a-trilogy frustration. The story continued quite naturally, and it left off in a place I could have happily been content with had Brandon been a lesser story-teller. Since she's not lesser, I was desperate to read more.
Timothy Boyd
Paula Brandon is a pseudonym for fantasy writer Paula Volsky. Very nice 2nd book in the trilogy. Nice fantasy read and good story. Recommended
*******First reads winner***********
I have finally finished this great book! Although, I was expecting more romance between the characters, but it was still a good book. I loved how the author, Paula Brandon, provides the reader with different POV from the main/important characters in the book. To sum up, the whole book was a thrill full with adventure, magic, and suspense. The ending is a cliffhanger and I can not wait to read the third book in this trilogy. I recommend all readers to add Paula
Part 2 of a trilogy, an intriguing fantasy by new author Paula Brandon. I was utterly fascinated by the first book, "The Traitor's Daughter" and was eager to read a continuation. This one was certainly not bad, but suffered from 'middle book' syndrome, picking up in the middle of a complicated story, and ending without resolving anything. I'll need to read the third book before I can decide if I really like it or not
This is the second book in the fantasy trilogy. I particularly enjoy reading about the heroine, Jianna, the pampered daughter of Magnifico Aureste Belandor. Her adventures continue here as she has her eyes opened to the injustices of her world and she falls in love with Dr Falaste Rione. While her father continues on his journey with the arcanists to try and save the world from the Overmind.
The second book in a projected trilogy is usually the weakest link, but the author makes some interesting twists and turns here to keep the reader engaged. The beginning is really slow after the initial amusing chapter (in which Grix has another arguement with his doppleganger automation), and if you don't like romance cooties in your fantasy you won't like this. But I did.
I just couldn't finish this book. I picked it up several times and every time, I ended up putting it right back down.

I didn't connect with the characters in the first book and I surely didn't connecrt with them in this one. I couldn't find anything interesting to hold my interest. I hate giving up on a book, but life is too short and there are too many books to read.
Meh and Disappointing.

I picked up this book based on it's presence in Locus's 2012 recommended reading list. And I really don't understand how it made the list. Like its predecessor, The Traitor's Daughter, it is way overlong, stuffed with
thoroughly unlikable characters and essentially trite in plot and character development.
May 28, 2013 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I had a little trouble getting through this one. Now that we've gotten to know the characters better, their unrelenting unlikability under their constant state of threat and their tendencies to wallow in blind, self-centered depression got to me. Maybe the final volume will pull it all together.
I liked this as much as I liked the first book in this series, The Traitor's Daughter. Be aware, though, that this book ends without a true ending; one has to get the final book in the series to find out what happens.
I recieved this book as a free Goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed the continutation of the Veiled Isles Trilogy. I can't wait to read the last book. The book didn't lose steam and momentum.
Still slow moving, I think this series would have been much better well edited and released as a single story. The story is fantastic, the characters rich and believable, but very tedious.
a good continuation of the series. Looking forward to the final one.
I hope there is a bit more romance in the 3rd book :)
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The Veiled Isles Trilogy (3 books)
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