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The Almost King

(Tellus #2)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Return to a world of airships and adventure in this sequel to Take Back the Skies, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas.

In the second book in this sprawling saga, Aleks is the youngest of four brothers, each with his future predictably mapped out. But Aleks wants more than a life in his father’s shop. So when he hears his parents worrying about money, he dec
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, more so than the first book in the series.
This covered so many themes; feeling overshadowed by older siblings, feeling trapped, class, romance, exploration and did them all well. The themes I feel transcend gender and background so this book would appeal to a wide audience.
It took a while for me to work out where the story was going and how it linked to the first book, but once this fell into place the novel flowed very well and was such an enjoyable read.
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I received an advanced ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Almost King is the second book in the Take Back the Skies series.

This book follows Aleks' journey which consists of enlisting in the army, falling in love and going on an adventure that he had always dreamed of. But in between all of this, he is on the run from a very brutal soldier who wouldn't stop searching for Aleks till he found him and got what he wanted...

I found this book to be slightly different to Ta
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books, ukya
In hindsight I have no idea what the point of this story was and I doubt I'll continue with the series. It's safe to say I enjoyed Take Back The Skies more!
Adam Webling
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Almost King is the second book in Lucy Saxon’s Tellus series and, interestingly, follows a new protagonist with a whole different bunch of characters - which I now realise will be the theme of the six-book series as each book revolves around a different MC on each of the six countries in the story world. Cool concept, right?

I loved how different The Almost King was to Take Back The Skies while still having the similarities that come from being in the same story world. The characters and even
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I liked Take Back The Skies, but just can't get into this one. The flashbacks are really jarring.
Alisha Tarran

This series really does get better and better! I loved the first book when it came out, it had it's own brand of originality to it and we all know I love books that are a little bit different. There's an entirely different world, skyships, it has Tyrium that fuels most things, and it was totally different from anything I had read before, it was an easy to read fantasy that I quickly marked down as one I would read again and again, and would sit and wait eagerly for the next book.

Now, this is a
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books

Honestly, part of me wishes I didn't have to do this review. I know that sounds terrible but now that I've read this book and thought through what I could possibly say about it, I think I'm just going to try and keep this as short as possible.

So, I don't think I've ever disliked a main character as much as I did Aleks. I usually don't read books that focus on a male POV just because I can't relate to the character but I don't think that was what made me dislike
Ms. Saxon, I have scanned this book and read it as quickly as I could - however, nothing guarded my eyes from the enumerable times that your editor left an 's at the end of Aleks. Really? Aleks? You just had to write it all steampunk like? With names like Shulga and Saria... he's riding a horse into town and then getting on a skyship ... when in the world will this book stop? and then I realize that this is book 2 of a 6 book series. Holy cow! How can one person subject themselves to this stupid ...more
Brit McCarthy
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Let the record show – I have not read book one, Take Back The Skies. But while set in the same world, The Almost King seems to have no connection to the story before it –or little enough that you can understand one without reading the other. So I don’t think the fact that I hadn’t read the first one is the reason I didn’t like this one.

This was a painful read. Aleks Vasin has jus
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I have not read Take Back the Skies (Take Back the Skies #1) but delved into this one when Bloomsbury India sent me a review copy. The blurb gave me the feeling that the books could be read as standalone and out of order. Each book is supposedly set in a different land within the world setting of Take Back the Skies. It made me think of the Giver Series by Lois Lowry. However, while reading this one, I did get the feeling that I was missing something and hence would like to recommend the readers ...more
Lauri McAlister
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to grab myself a copy early, and needless to say I'm glad I did. I'm one of those readers where if a book grabs me, it really grabs me and won't let me put it down until I'm done. The Almost King was one of those books.

To say that I bought the book Saturday afternoon and had it finished by the following Monday afternoon should tell you enough. I quite literally couldn't put it down. The plot was gripping enough to hold my interest all the way through - not once did I find myse
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a rather dull read for me. To be fair, I read this as a stand alone, and I know it is a companion work. While I had no trouble picking up the story here, I wonder if some who read the first book would find it more engaging. Too much time was spent developing characters and scenes that were not relevant to the adventure, so the pace was slow. I didn't connect with the characters, sometimes because their motivations were muddy and sometimes because the dialogue was stilted and didn't do m ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not bad. While it is simplistic in its reading, it seems like an early draft and needs more revisions before being sent for its publication.

Like most of the characters, Aleks' character seemed a bit unfinished. He did not have much depth to his thinking and behavior. To me, it seemed as if he was younger than 17 years old.

This is not a bad story, it just needed to have more substance for older readers. For a children's book, it is a fine read and seems to be well within a child's
Lizzie Huxley-Jones
Back to the Stormlands, skyships and steampunk! Yes it's Tellus again!

The Almost King is the second book in Lucy Saxon's Tellus Saga, this time bringing us to the cruel, icy country of Siberene.

Aleks Vasin is the youngest of four brothers and is fed up of being over shadowed. Headstrong, determined, and foolish; Aleks finds himself out of the mines and signed up in Ravka's army. Fearing for his life in the prison like compound, Aleks decides to flee, taking with him a stolen piece of evidence -
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 out of 5 stars.

Yeah, no.

Just no.

I'm not going to continue with this series. I tried my hardest but this book was just so boring.

The writing grew tedious, like it was the first draft that got published. There were phrases that were way too long, that gave too much information with little to no punctuation, and made the story drag on and on...

The characters were bland, one dimensional and forgettable. Protagonist Aleks was such a dolt. I really disliked him. His character had no point - even wh
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
I was annoyed that it didn't say anywhere on the book that it was the second book in the series, and I only found out when I updated my currently reading books. Turns out it didn't matter, as it was a different story.
A few things I anticipated happened, and I hated how the book ended. It seemed like the author had been in a rush, and just written some random sentence associated with the story to end it quickly.
It was still a good book though.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay I guess, there was nothing that made me feel attached to the characters so I kind of just didn’t care. Also their reactions didn’t always make sense so I was sometimes a bit confused. Also saria and Alex’s just felt a bit forced
Aleks is the youngest son of four. He feels he must prove himself, so runs away to join the army. Unfortunately, he quickly realizes that the brutality and cruel environment are more than he bargained for. After only a few days, he runs away again. But now he has the added label of deserter. Realizing he cannot go home, Aleks heads to the cold far north. There he finds friendship, love, the opportunity to fly a skyship, and amazing adventure. A wonderful new life awaits him, but only if he can a ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and pleasant read, quite simplistic in places e.g. easy escapes, but an enjoyable adventure.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Take Back the Skies told the story of feisty aristocrat Catherine as she hopped aboard a skyship, unravelled long-hidden secrets and initiated the downfall of an entire government. But while some of us are still reeling from the shock of that book’s ending (!), The Almost King takes place in a different country with a different cast. The only links between fan-favourite Cat and newcomer Aleks is that they’re both runaways and both live in the same fictional universe – but you don’t need to read ...more
Elliot Ingerman
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Almost King: The book starts off with Alecks a young boy from the Eastern end of the country he lives in riding his horse to the army training place in the South of the country. The people at the training base tell Alecks to do very hard obstacle courses. After four days of this he decides to run away. He runs to a town called
This book started off slow, but got faster quickly. The author had a lot of flashbacks at random points which took my mind off the actual story. After Alecks left the
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOODNESS. I loved this book so much. On Goodreads it says I’ve been reading it for a while, but I read this in one day. 410 pages in one single day. Seriously this series is becoming one of my favorite series!
This is the second installment in the six book series (SIX BOOKS!). In this book you follow Aleks Vasin down to the south of his country where he tries to find what he wants to do. He enlists in the army because no one in his family has, and having four successful older brothers, he n
Ellie Jay
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was good to find out more about Tellus, and the Stormlands but the whole book seemed rushed - there wasn't as much detail or world / character building. There was only one character that I actually gave a crap about even evidently not that much considering the events of the book.
All in all after the first book I was really really disappointed.
Diana Braxton
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite things about following an author is wittnessing their improvement from book to book. And in young Saxon's Tellus series, her improvement is nearly physical tangible. Rich with vivid descriptions and humorous characters, The Almost King was a refreshing steam punk read.
Martin Willoughby
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Take Back the Skies, but still as good read.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Skimmed the last half. Just a bit flimsy.
Olivia McManus
This book is fantastic, although I loved the fist book better.
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Vasin doesn’t want any part of the boring village life mapped out for him--he wants excitement and the chance to travel.
Amy Lee
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to assume most readers completely gave up out of sheer boredom before they even got to the cartoonishly racist depiction of island natives 4/5 of the way through.
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Lucy Saxon is 24 and lives in Hertfordshire with her parents. She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, book-lover and all-round nerdgirl.

Lucy wrote her first novel, Take Back the Skies, at the age of sixteen, finding a home for it with Bloomsbury at seventeen, and is now working on the rest of the series.

When not writing, Lucy spends most of her time on the internet, reading books and sla

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