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Second Son

(The Minstrel's Song #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In an attempt to manipulate the future, a family and a nation are forced to decide between two brothers. Guided by a prophecy spoken hundreds of years before, the King and Queen of Llycaelon have set their course. Their goal: to fulfill the prophecy and save their nation from a dire fate.

Rhoyan has always understood and accepted his own role as second born and perpetual
Paperback, 454 pages
Published February 21st 2014 by Stormcave Studios
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Deborah O'Carroll
Reread aloud, April 2019

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I loved this book! *hugs it*

It’s somehow a very unique fantasy novel! I mean, it’s like a classic fantasy quest type of thing, and there’s dragons and other wonders and so on, but something about it felt... new. And different. And there’s not one particular quest, it’s more following Brant through his life and a series of quests and adventures, which gave it an interesting and unique overall arc to the story. And it’s quite well written, too! I was
This is the sort of book that you recommend to random people on the street without even bothering to introduce yourself first. I have accumulated at least three restraining orders from complete strangers since reading it.

Hold on--before you call your lawyer to file one of your own, let me explain. First off, I should mention that at the time of this review, I haven't actually read Book 1 of The Minstrel's Song yet, though I'm very much looking forward to doing that. I've been told that it's not
J.M. Stengl
This book has epic qualities yet is easily approachable for someone, like me, who seldom touches the brick-thick tomes of fantasy lore. It is the story of two brothers, young princes, whose lives are affected by an ancient prophecy which powerful and influential people misinterpret to the detriment of both brothers. So very realistic! I mourned for the young princes, yet their stories are fascinating blends of triumph and failure. The narrative kept me reading even though after reading book 1, I ...more
Boyko Ovcharov
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very Nice!

Excellent style, well written, fantastic story. It reads as a fairy tale for adults with a great moral and lots of wisdom.
Feb 27, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't rate my own books (because of course I love them) but I hosted a read-along of this on my blog and you can bet I'm gonna count it towards my reading challenge! ...more
Claire Banschbach
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
After being teased by Brant's past all throughout the first book, I was really happy to get a whole book dedicated to this frustratingly enigmatic man.

It's equal parts epic and heartbreaking as you learn the gritty details of how Brant came to be the man he is. I loved getting a closer look at Llycaelon, it's history, and military traditions. Besides Llycaelon, we get to venture out with Brant and explore the world that Jenelle has created. And it's fascinating.

Even though it's a prequel, we g
Abbey Stellingwerff
Follow Brant as he grows up and matures, as he attends lessons and has adventures, as he finds his way to where we first meet him in King's Warrior.
Read my full review here: http://dollsbooksthingsthatmatter.blo...
Joseph Leskey
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody!!
This book was as fine as anything (and that's only somewhat hyperbole). There's a fair bit of intrigue, brilliant writing, memorable and well-developed characters, excellent worldbuilding elements, a more than decent plot, severe misunderstandings, believable whatchamacallits, and swords! So, really, it's a wonderful book. You should read it. ...more
Jim Walker
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like how this story pulls me in to another world and another time. I like the characters and all the twists and turns in their lives. Love the fact that this is the second book in a SERIES of 4 books--so there will be more adventures to come!
Lucy Buller
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked this a lot more than the first book! It was fun to learn more about Brant. Although, this seemed more like a prequel than a continuation of the series.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Found it difficult to put it down and am looking forward to more from Jenelle Schmidt!
Rachel Roy
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The narrator, Benjamin Fife, provided me a copy of Second Son by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt to listen to and give an honest review as I have previously reviewed Kings’s Warrior (book 1 of The Minstrel’s Song) here. As soon as I started listening to this second book I immediately felt like an old friend was reading to me. Mr Fife has such an expressive voice for the different characters, but reads through the descriptions so smoothly that one can just slip into the scene and be immersed in the story. ...more
Charity Bradford
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series, a prequel of sorts to King's Warrior that can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. It's obvious the author has grown in skill. There were still a lot of characters, but a lot fewer than the first book with the focus on the two brothers. This made it easier to connect with them emotionally, and I appreciated that. 

This story is about two brothers, a prophecy, conspirators turning things upside down, adventures, mys
Daniel Dydek
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt’s second installment in her Minstrel’s Song series embodies everything I love in an indie book, especially a sequel/prequel: improved writing, large cast of characters, sudden and unforeseen connections to previous books, and—most importantly—an engaging and unique plot.

So, let’s get this out of the way first: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Though I had struggled a bit with the first book, the majority of the problems I had were gone. The narration flowed very wel
A good book. Not an amazing one, but still enjoyable. It took me a long time to connect with some of the characters, and the plot is kind of slow — it has to be, though, to cover as much ground as it does. It's not the best book I've ever read, but I'm glad I did read it, if only so I can get to the more recent ones. ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
In many ways, 2 should have been one although it eliminates some of the suspense initially generated by the mystery. But I am also certain I would have preferred reading them in the opposite order. I knew too many of the stories and too much of the outcome here by knowing the future! 4*
Jeffrey A. Dewey

The tale of tales as lives are intertwined with the prophecy, dragons, magic and man. The wanderer the High king? Gates can only reveal.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prequel

The background to the story of the Kong's warrior is revealed in this book. Especially Brant's rise and how he becomes Arnaud's warrior.
Savannah Jezowski
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
As always, Ms. Schmidt has demonstrated a gift for complex world building and colorful characters. Her story telling style can definitely be classified as epic. I finished her first book, King's Warrior, and was delighted to find out it had a sequel, Second Son. However, once I found out the story was about Brandt (my favorite character) I hesitated reading it. Hilarious, I know, but the mystery of Brandt is what made his character so compelling and I did not want to spoil the mystery. However, ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A realy good book in the style of Tolkien and The Wizard of Earthsea.
It was so easy to fall in love with the characters!
The only that I found anoying was the name changing.
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