Queen Bennua has grown into a powerful ruler. With her new laws encouraging rights for both men and women, Haya-Maa has grown from a small city into a prosperous nation. Engaged to Zahid, the handsome Raider Prince, it would seem the young Queen is ready to lead the desert of Sahrahn into paradise.
But not all are so eager to follow the new Queen. A short time into her rule Haya-Maa erupts into civil war, rebels opposing the idea of a woman in power. Bennua must embark on a quest to find her missing friend, Toshana, who could hold the key to ending the bloodshed. Yet as her journey wears on Bennua discovers her title as Queen powerless against the wrath of gods and the wars of men. At her breaking point, Bennua finds the only way to save her country and defend her people...is to offer a devastating sacrifice.
Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.
Queen Bennua and her Prince Zahid rule over Haya-Maa together. As Queen Bennua implements changes for the better but not everyone is pleased with the changes she makes. Rebellion is taking over the poorer districts soon to be civil war. A stranger demands that Bennua step down as queen and recant her laws. Bennua refuses to do so. Meanwhile Bennua wants to search for her friend Toshana. She hopes that seeking out her friend will make things that have been difficult easier to cope with. What trials are in store for Bennua and Zahid? Can civil war be avoided? At what cost? Your answers await you in Fallen From Ashes.
I'm still impressed overall with the story and characters. From first page to lasdt page is a page turner. The story and characters are real, raw, honest, intriguing, and compelling. Definitely looking forward to the next novel in the series.
A gripping emotional roller coaster that left me absolutely breathless till the very end. Just when I thought the series couldn't get any better I read this. From the moment I opened the first page I was held captive unable to stop until I devour the whole book in one sitting. The characters and their emotions were real and raw. Bennua and Zahid face many struggles on this new journey and I loved watching as each of them grew stronger and learned from their mistakes. There was more myth and magic in this book filling it with impossible wonders that only intrigued me more and enhanced the already amazing heart-pounding action-packed story. I can't wait to see where the series goes from here!
This would be a prime example of why teenagers are best off waiting to get married. Bennua treats Zahid pretty cruddy for the first part of the book, then very cruddy (understatement) for the majority of it, and finally loves him again at the end. She spends the majority of the book not listening to him at all and being outright rude and even hostile at times. She trusts the word of a stranger over that of her own husband, who she is supposed to love and trust. That is just stupid on her part. Zahid seems like a genuinely good guy who wants nothing more than to make Bennua happy and always has her best interests at heart, yet she can't see this after everything they've been through and everything he's said to her and how he's proven his love? (Heck, he even takes a bunch of arrows in the back for her and subsequently dies even after she's ripped his heart out carelessly. And guess what? HE is the one that ends up apologizing for everything leading up to that and since that when it wasn't his fault.) On the whole, Bennua walks all over him. It is a completely unhealthy relationship.
A ways into the book Zahid and Rukuh get in a fight and Bennua, like an idiot, decides that she will jump between their swords. Then she gets absolutely pissed when Zahid's sword grazes her cheek, like he did it on purpose. The last thing he would ever do is hurt Bennua, but apparently she can't seem to remember that, no matter how horrible he feels about it. He apologizes profusely and tries to comfort her only to have her lash out at him. And if that weren't bad enough, this makes her decide that she no longer loves him and that he doesn't love her and that they are nothing alike and should therefore get divorced. (Side note, the concept divorce seems incredibly out of line with the culture that has been depicted in these first two books. Women are incredibly oppressed yet they can just up and get a divorce? I don't think so.)
I'm a little confused as to why someone needed to try to take over the kingdom again. I sincerely hope it doesn't happen again in book three, because a change of pace would be really nice, but I have an inkling it will. Everything in the end of the book points to Akshalad coming back and wreaking havoc on all of the Sahrahn. It's also alluded to that Bennua and Zahid are the ones that will be responsible for defeating him and them alone.
Thinking back, I cannot honestly remember how many giant, dangerous, aggressive mythical beings were put in the book. First is the giant black scaly thing. Then comes the thing that chases them into the forest I think. Only to be followed by a gargantuan fish and then an even more gargantuan fish. I honestly feel like I'm missing something too. I don't understand the need for all of this? It seems like too much to me. Kind of like in a movie sequel when they try and make it better by simply adding more fighting and making it louder while abandoning the plot to a certain degree. Basically the castle gets attacked, then Bennua and Zahid fight, then they run into a monster, and then they fight again, only to run into another monster, and then fight again, and so on and so forth. Honestly, I enjoyed the first book, Kingdom From Ashes, but this one almost pushed it too far over the top.
The fact that it was a HEA book didn't quite make up for the grandiosity of the majority of the book. The whole book Bennua and Zahid's relationship is on the rocks (or worse) and then, with the snap of a finger, everything is perfectly okay again. Zahid is an incredibly tolerant man (though I hesitate to say that because even he doesn't seem the most mature; definitely more so than Bennua though). Bennua had her good moments in this book, but on the whole, I came out of the book not liking her much at all and wanting to shake a lot of sense into her. Her maturity level (or lack-there-of) just about drove me up the wall.
All in all, I honestly am not sure who I would recommend this book to, if anybody. If you are a huge fan of YA romance novels (and the immaturity that is usually inherent with such young characters), then this might be for you. Otherwise, I would look elsewhere for your next read.
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This series just keeps getting better. Book 2 finds out young queen getting married and fighting what seems like everyone to protect her people and her crown. I love how strong and fearless she is. You can't help but cheer for her. This book has amazingly well written characters and world. Reading it you find yourself totally emersed in the story to the point you almost forget that it is not your reality. Great story.
THIS BOOK WRECKED MY!! OMG I WORDS ARE LOST TO ME!! THIS BOOK PUT ME THROUGH AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! THAT ENDING KILLED ME!!! it begins with Toshana being stoned for she loves a man who isn't her husband!! Zahid and Mirkh rescued her!! She joins the thieves, cuts her hair, wears men clothing and is reborn from the ashes!! -bennua and Zahid have been engaged for 6 months, Haya-Maa is more prosperous then ever before, the law states Women are allowed to read and have the same rights as men!! But not all are happy with the new Queen-Rebel groups -THE WEDDING HAS ARRIVED!!! a beautiful ceremony!!! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! 'Until Sahrahn is a land devoured in fire, my love' THE FEELS!! -after the honeymoon: the rebels have invaded the city!! The leader is Ikram, an elder priest who lives for the rules of the god Alshams. He demands ending the laws for women right and abdication of the queen!! -Ikar is ZAHID'S FATHER!! WHAT?!!!! (his father abandoned him and his mother after being used and pregant, he returned and abused Zahid and teached him the oraan till from dusk till dawn) that's why he hates the lawbook!!!! I DO TOO!! -Bennua plans to seek help of Toshana for she is the Poenix goddess Alshams!!! Her handmaid Nuri is acting as a dubbelganger for her so she wont be missed -Zahid has followed her and they met by the oasis -on their journey they meet Rukuh: monster hunter and saved her from a hideous creature, he is a warrior and storyteller and he joins them. Bennua and him become fast friends but results in many arguments with Zahid for they don't agree on much -toshana isn't in Ashana, they journey to Ikram's city FOR HE WAS THE MAN SHE LOVED!!! AND WHO STONEF HER!!! -on the journey they are attacked by many creatures, Rukuh saved her before Zahid could... -one time she finds the lamp AND IS SUCKED INTO IT!!! Djinn Shadi grants her 3 wishes, and tells them Rukuh is Quasim SON!!! : he trained him and his brother into warriors like himself and after his death his brothers tried to kill him so he ran away) 'you are not your father' - bennua -visit a city: full of human statues!!! They fight the basilisk, but they kill it quickly, Bennua wishes for them to come alive and the change into Statue zombies!!! They flee and journey to the caves. On the ocean they are EATEN BY A GINORMOUS FISH!! Bennua wished them out, they are in the middle of 2 fighting fish and the salors threaten to kill Bennua, they JUMP INTO THE OCEAN!!! They made it to an island. Bennua and Zahid keep bickering and arguing with each other... They find a FLOATING CITY!! :dijnn city and they walk fire coals, but they don't hurt Bennua... The caves: They are separated and Bennua finds Toshana!!! She is the phoenix goddess but didn't know it until Quasim killed Zahid (who she healed!!) The godess is everything and everyone but refuses to HELP!!! Devastated Bennua lost hope in her believe, zahid saw it coming Zahid warns (many times) about Rukuh for he is afraid he is in love with her and is gojng to steal her away from him!!! Rukuh tells her Zahid doesn't belong to her, they are to different and he loves her, but she denies his love and he TRIES TO KILL HER!! zahid jumps in and they dual, but Bennua tries to stop them and Zahid cuts her cheek BY ACCIDENT!! She lost it, she EXPLODES!!! -Rukuh changes into the demon and enemy of the goddess, (the god chose him for his past and hatred and black soul)GINORMOUS FIGHT at last he flees.. COWARED OMG!!! -THE BIGGEST FIGHT EVER!! THIS SCENE WRECKED ME SOO MUCH!! HEARTBREAKING SCENE!!! they scream and throw cruel words to each other until BENNUA DOESN'T WANT TO BE MARRIED ANYMORE!!! HOLLY SHIT!!!! I WAS DEVASTATED!!! They journey back to Haya-Maa and all is quiet, until 12 arrows are aimed at Bennua, Rukuh gave the command ZAHID TOOK ALL THE ARROWS FOR HER!! OMG IT CAN'T POSSIBLY BE ANY WORSE!!!! HIS DEATH BROKE MY HEART!!! I DON'T ACCEPT THIS I HATE THIS BOOK WHYYYYY -shani proposes to use her last wish to bring him back, but she knows Zahid would have wanted her to save their kingdom, so she wished for the war to end! I AM SPEECHLESS -ikram wants a treaty: an arranged marriage!! WITH FUCKING RUKUH!!! NOWAY THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!!! I DON'T BELIEVE THIS!!! -her sisters wants to sacrifice themselves for her!!! But it is Bennua they want, ALL HOPE IS LOST I AM DONE BYE!! -the wedding: just before the vows, the door explodes and THE RAIDER PRINCE HIMSELF IS BACK!!!! HOLLY, ZAHIDNIS ALIVE HOW IS THIS REAL!!! WHY CAN PEOPLE IN BOOKS COME BACK BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE IT IS NOT FAIR!!! -he was resurrected by the goddess herself!!!! He tells council Ikram is his father and a traitor, he doesn't kill his father but exciled him, Rukuh is going to executed by he TRIES TO KILL BENNUA AGAIN!!! She isn't scared and knows he can't win!!! - he flees AGAIN!!!! HE WILL COME BACK!!! -THE MOST EMOTIONAL AND ROMANTIC SCENE WITH ZAHID AND BENNUA!!! THEIR LOVE CAN CONQUER E EVERYTHING!!! WORDS ARE LOST TO ME!! -toshana has sacrificed herself for Zahid 'a life for a life' just like she wanted when he fist saved her!! But the goddess will live on... I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!!
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The continuing saga of Queen Bennua and the Prince of Thieves Zahid now the Sultan and husband o the queen. As luck would have it the drama begins shortly after their nuptials. While packing to return from their 3 day honeymoon in the desert a rider comes with news of trouble afoot.
Men of this location and era do not want the changes imposed upon them by a female ruler. They don't want a woman as supreme ruler, they don't want women to learn or read books, especially their form of the bible. It is not considered a woman's job to work, and they should never be in public alone, or without a veil. Unfortunately this is still true of the middle east today. I believe that this book touches on today's issues even tho it is pure fiction.
This story was a delight and a horror to read. I was infuriated, intrigued, angry at Bennua at times and at others I was angry with Zahid. Why must we try to resist when a loved one tries to keep us from making foolish mistakes? Why do we say horrid things to those we love most? The Queen and her Sultan are desperately in love, but so determined to have their own way they are both their own worst enemy.
This story has so much adventure, hideous monsters, love, hate betrayal, and sacrifice. I was on the verge of tears many times throughout this book. I felt so close to both the main characters, while hating some of the things they said or did. The bad guys in this story are so easy to hate, and sometimes you want to shout at the good guys and say : Hey dumbasses, you are on the same team. I would have been a rueful and deadly queen, unforgiving and relenting. Treason and betrayal are deserving of execution.
I did not see the resemblance to Arabian Knights in the first book but it showed itself in shining glory on the pages of this one. I loved this story so much I literally couldn't stop myself from reading.It's the kind of tale that draws you in so deep you just feel like you are living it, and seeing every good or bad decision, and feeling every heartbreak.
There is more to come and you can believe I will read till the end and still be wanting more.
This is the second book in the Kingdom Saga book. It picks up about a year after the first one ended. Bennua has been queen for a year and so far things have gone smoothly, but there are those who still challenge her rule. Invaders show up and lay waste to her city and Bennua knows that she cannot defeat them alone, so she sets off with Zahid to find Toshana. Along the way she meets Raku and a djinn, Sahid, whose magic doesn’t always work right.
This is a nice follow up to book 1 and continuation of the story. We get to see Bennua and Zahid grow. The is no shortage of action or drama. The book is easy to read and follow and maintains that conversational style of writing.
My only complaints are that Bennua is extremely prideful and it got on my nerves that she always ignored Zahid’s concerns, yet would still profess to love him. The only other complaint is her insistence on finding Toshana to begin with. It just didn’t seem very logical for her to run off to find a missing friend at a time when her city is under attack by an invading army. It just wasn’t a well-thought out plan of hers.
All in all this is still a good book and leaves you wanting to continue the story.
Overall, I again loved the story. It was full of new and interesting places and ideas, it made my angry and happy and sad, and it was a satisfying ending. My only dislike was that the magical elements seemed out of place at first. If they had been mentioned or woven into the previous book, it would have made more sense, but here it just seemed out of nowhere. The only other comment is that there are some grammar, typo, and word choice errors, but they are minimal.
Definitely give it a shot, especially if you liked the first story. Or even if you didn't like the first one. This one is better.
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We left Bennua in book 1 as she plans to enact her rule and offer a bright new dawn for her country. She has fallen into a routine and despite the rebels that oppose her rule, she stands firm and has Zahid at her side to support her. As her wedding to the man she loves draws closer. a new enemy rises from another land and becomes the face of the rebels opposing Bennua's rule. Except this rebel is linked to Zahid in a way she could never have imagined and he is a bigger threat than Bennua ever anticipated to face. She and Zahid will journey to find their lost friend , Toshana who might be the key to peace but along the way they meet a strange young man but for some reason Zahid doesn't trust him like Bennua does...could it be more than jealousy? Will the new rulers come back in time to save their kingdom?
Once again, entering this amazing new world of Sahrahn has left me breathless! Let's talk about our queen! In book 1 she was a lovely and warrior-like princess. In this book? SHE IS A MONARCH!!! She has matured so much and yet she still has that touch of innocence that i loved in Book 1! her dedication to her country was extremely touching and her selflessness exemplary. She has to make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good and cannot help but be so proud of her! That's not to say that she is without faults-like the rest of us she is a mere mortal..or is she? Hints in this book have left me a little suspicious..
Plot wise-as usual short, intriguing, gripping and AWESOME!! This book definitely took a turn for the better because this time, the author surprised me by incorporating the supernatural!! A hilarious Djinn, monsters, floating islands and two GODS!!
I loved that her relationship with Zahid was put to the test, it really added more depth to the two because they were able to surmount a lot of stuff....There was one moment about 87% through, I FELT MY HEART STOP!!! I never EVER thought this would happen and i could feel my heart breaking!! I won't spoil but-OH MY GOD!!! i cannot wait to see how book 3 will be!
Set in a new magical dessert, a queen while fight for her kingdom and for her love, But will it be enough?
I actually finished this book awhile ago, but I've put off doing the review because I have trouble finding the right words to describe how much I love this series! The setting is so unique that I feel as though I'm being whisked far away every time I settle down to read it. Somehow I've managed to become obsessed with Bennua and Zahid the way most people obsess over celebrity couples.
Fallen From Ashes opens with their wedding and celebrations. It was quite satisfying to witness these two finally get the happiness they deserve. But the honeymoon ends abruptly when royal duties send them off on a dangerous adventure and their marriage is put to the ultimate test. On their journey, they meet up with some intriguing characters and a lot of the unexpected. Turns out the desert of Sahrahn is littered with mythical beasts and dangerous magic. The newly weds not only have to battle monsters, but also their differences in personality and faith - all while trying to keep the peace during a civil war! It's fantastic. A great story.
The only thing that annoyed me a little bit was the fact that Bennua and Zahid could have avoided so much brooding if they would have just TALKED TO EACH OTHER! At one point, I wanted to whack the two of them upside the head. Then again, I can't say that I'm not guilty of the same thing sometimes.
This book took such a toll on me emotionally. While I was reading it, I went from squealing, to biting my nails, to screaming, and then making anonymous death threats to the author. I've finally recovered and I can't wait to read Redemption from Ashes, due out this winter. Megan Linski instantly captivates the reader and holds them prisoner in this desert paradise. I devoured this story and am desperately craving more.
Bennua and Zahid have built up their sultanate of Haya-Maa. She is a fair and fearless queen. They have made Ashana and Haya- Maa the two richest cities in Sahrahn. Finally their wedding day arrives and they have a beautiful ceremony.After the wedding they stay 3 days alone in the desert.While they are gone rebel forces attack the city.The rebel leader,Ikram, is captured and brought before Bennua and Zahid. All he can do is spout off against women.When she commands her guards to kill him half of them turn on her. Zahid gets her to safety then tells her Ikram is his father. After several days of war they leave to try and find Toshana who they believe is Alshams.On their journey they meet Rukuh who saves Bennua from a terrible beast. He travels onward with them.This journey is absolutely packed with action. They meet mythical beasts and magical creatures.There are several trials they have to work through. They eventually arrive home. Through a series of unbelievable events they restore peace. This second book more than lives up to the first. I cannot wait to see what happens in the third. I absolutely recommend putting this at the top of your reading list. I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book free as a ARC for an a honest review. This book was better than the first and I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading it because Zahid and Bennua got themselves into so much trouble, yes more than book one. This book left me breathless in some parts and crying in others. Beñnua of course she has to be hard headed and listen to the right people, the people that love and care for her. so she gets into some really bad positions, and Zahid has to get her out of them but she doesn't see it that way. she just wants to find their friend Toshana because she thinks that she will give them all the answers and will stop the fighting that has started at her castle. This book is about Love, Sacrifice, Communication, Commitment, Angst, Death and Supporting each other when times are good and when times are bad. when you mad and happy. most of all that you would die for the one that you love. this book has it all, monsters, gods, kings, gueens and even love. I loved this book and I will read the next book because I want to know what happens with Bennua and Zahid. this author is someone you should give a chance too and read her book
This is the second book in the Kingdom Saga Series.
Bennua is now Queen and she marries the Raider Prince, Zahid. Things are fine and the Sultanate is getting rich with the trading with other countries. But many of the people are not happy--women shouldn't rule, shouldn't be educated, and shouldn't read the Onaari. Only men should rule. So the Sultanate ends in civil war. And the one person that Bennua thinks can save it all is Toshana. Bennua leaves and Zahid follows.
The two have quite an adventure and meet up with a stranger, Rukuh, who falls for Bennua also. Toshana is found and Bennua doesn't like what she finds out.
This is a well written book and I thoroughly enjoy reading about Bennua and Zahid. The characters feel so real and when either Zahid or Bennua show feelings, you feel right along with them. The desert and surrounding areas come alive through Megan's writing. I can't wait for the ending of the story. I would recommend this series to all who like to read romance and fantasies.
I received this book from Gryfyn Publishing and the author for my honest review.
An Adventurous Journey! Author Megan Linski continues to hold me under her spell with Fallen From Ashes. This book is filled with imaginative and adventurous Quests. In book 2 you will find out the mystery that left us wondering at the end of Kingdom From Ashes. The story starts with background about one of the characters, Toshana. Then moves quickly to present day where an amazing adventure awaits. In this book love will be tested and proved, great battles will be won and lost. There is also an introduction of more interesting characters. Nori who becomes Bennua's maid servent and can also double as her twin. A Djinn named Shadi, and Rukuh a man Bennua and Zahid meet on their travels who tells grand stories. I enjoyed Fallen From Ashes just as much as Kingdom From Ashes.
I give Fallen From Ashes Book 2 By Megan Linski 5 stars for it's great storytelling. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Also be on the lookout for Book 3 Redemption From Ashes
Queen Bennua has now assumed the throne after her father’s death but she is not a full queen until she marries her Raider Prince.
Bennua and Zahid are now battling the council to enact the new laws that benefit the women of Haya-Maa.
Days after their wedding fighting breaks out among the two factions of Haya-Maa and a surprise is found among the fighters. The surprise could cause more havoc for Bennua and Zahid and not in a good way should people find out who he really is.
Megan continues to weave a story that entwines Bennua and Zahid’s lives in such a way that they grown emotional and with maturity while trying to bring change to Haya-Maa and his little kingdom but others hope to remove them from power. This story draws you end and does want to let you go. Book three “Redemption from the Ashes” will bring their story to a close.
Bennua and Zahid are back in the sequel to Kingdom of Ashes. Fallen takes up about 6 months after Bennua and Zahid rescue Haya-Mua from Quasim. They have been planning their wedding and the rest of their lives together. Life seems to be just where they want it to be. Except on their honeymoon, they are disturbed and brought back early to wage war on the rebels who fight against the changes they have made allowing women equal rights. Bennua thinks that Toshana can help her save her country and takes off to try and find her. Thank goodness that Zahid knows his wife and goes with her. May adventures ensue and good and bad things happen. Then the real choice must come and a sacrifice must be made. But it is not the one you might expect. Emotional, thoughtful, action filled read. Enjoy! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It was different to have Toshana's point of view but it certainly allowed the reader to understand her character a bit more.
It was also amazing to see more of Bennua and Zahid, and to see that they were happy. Although that happiness comes into doubt many times, and there might have been some tears shed(once or twice), it was great that the author could draw such emotion from me!
There were some elements of Fallen From Ashes that frustrated me but it was more so characters that frustrated me, more so than anything the writer wrote.
I just don't have many more words to say besides the fact that while this book is a bit more painful then the first in the series it also brings some joy.
Another stellar read! This series is becoming a fast favorite of mine. The story is fascinating and the main characters are extremely likable.
Readers get to see a lot more of the mystical side in this second story of the series learning more about the religion that governs Bennua's land and the gods behind it. There are also multiple mystical creatures that Bennua, Zahid, and their companions must fight. The battles were intense, one of my favorite being when the two main gods fight! Don't want to give too much away, but it is an incredible scene.
The author Megan Linski does an amazing job keeping readers on the edge of our seats with a fast paced, suspenseful filled story full of love, adventure, and the occasional bad guy, creatures and humans alike.
I recommend this series and this author.
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There's a lot that goes on in this book. It picks up where we left off, with it being time for Bennua to marry her Raider Prince. She has all these goals for her sultanate, based on what she experienced with Zahid. Of course, people can be resistant to change, and that's what Bennua has to fight against in this story. It brings in one of the Arabian Nights stories that most people know. However, I rated this one three stars because, while Bennua and Zahid deal with the challenges that face them in trying to protect the sultanate, the story felt kind of pieced together. It's like the story was a bullet list. Here's a part, here's a part, here's a part. I just wish they would've flowed together more smoothly, so I would've stayed more connected to the story. Still, I'm curious for book 3.
Thank you to the author/publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fallen From Ashes by Megan Linski is Book 2 of the Kingdom Saga Series. This story begins about 6 months after the first book left off and brings back our favs, Bennua and Zahid. Follow along as the couple plan their wedding and future together as civil war breaks out over Bennua becoming Queen and bringing her modern ideas into her country’s way of life. Lots of unrest, doubts, and questions arise in this book. I wasn’t enjoying Bennua in this book; she has changed, and not in a way that I liked. I also didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first. While sagas such as this aren’t my normal reading go-to, I enjoyed the book for what it was: a beautifully written tale that is full of twists and turns. The intensity and suspense have been amped up and emotions run high in this novel.
Zahid the Raider Prince and Queen Bennua, ruler of Haya-Maa are amazing characters. They make you love them but want to slap them at the same time. The writing is exceptional. The scenes are described so well that you feel like you are standing next to Zahid and Benna tagging along on this wonderful adventure. The characters show strength, courage, love, despair, anger, friendship, kindness and a great sense of adventure. I really loved all the twists and turns in this story. I must say this story made me laugh and cry. The addition of new characters really added to the storyline. If you love romance, adventure, tragedy and triumph than this book is a must read!!!! Excellent job can't wait to read the next adventure.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. Reality and Fantasy collide as a young Queen Bennua looks for Toshana a long lost friend to help her stop a raging war within her Kingdom. Bennua's Kingdom has now become divided because of her beliefs that all women should be allowed to read and be educated. Megan's book reminds me of the Old Classic Movies of mythological beasts, eras, heroes and as ever some highly unhelpful Djinn (Genie ). Queen Bennua and her husband Zahid embark on an adventure that you the reader will never forget. Megan's book embraces heartache, Love, Adventure, Loss and Loyalty. Out of all the books Megan has wrote this has to be my favourite. The writing in this book is exceptional. And for potential or new readers this book will take you on an epic journey.
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Bennua has been queen of Haya-Maa for six months and has changed several rules regarding education and women. Zahid has assisted with trade between Haya-Maa and Ashana, making them both prosperous. Many do not agree with Bennua and civil unrest occurs across Haya-Maa. Bennua decides to search for Toshana, for she believes Toshana can stop the warring.
Bennua encounters many creatures thought lost to myth in her journey to find Toshana. She also must grow up more and not believe every person she meets. Her belief causes her great hardship. She must also battle with her love for Zahid and decide if their differences are too many to remain together.
This is the second book in the series and it's as good as the first. If you liked the first you will like this one. This book had me feeling so many emotions from the beginning to the end. I wanted to laugh and cry within a few pages. The main characters were very wonderful and very irritating at the times (in a good way). I enjoyed all the creatures and where the story was/is going. Some of the story was a little unrealistic but still enjoyable. I love how Megan throws a twist into her books. However since I'm a fan of hers I saw the relations between characters coming but there were twists I did not see coming. Megan always does a great job and this book is definite must read.
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I am always blown away when authors take the time to build a world for their books to fit in and this is a place that now after 2 books seems so real I could book a ticket and go there tomorrow. Only a second close behind is the character developments. I know that Jin, I would recognize him as he was walking down the street, not to mention Queen Bennua and Zahid. You do not pick up and read this book you fall in and the story spins itself around you. I story rips every emotion that it should from you and takes you an adventure for the day. I can not wait to see where the next one will drag me off to.