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(Reawakening #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Overthrowing the Shadow that ruled Tiallat was only the first step. For rebel leader Iskandir, rebuilding his shattered country is an even greater challenge. A poor harvest, religious conflict, and years of tyrannical governance combine with the challenge of getting the soldiers of the Shadow’s army home and rehousing the exiled who are flooding back into free Tiallat.

ebook, 350 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by DSP Publications
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Amy Durreson
Jul 25, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: own-work
This book. This bloody book. Or, more accurately, this bloody protagonist. I have never written a character I loved as much or one who I was so tempted to set on fire and drop into a bottomless pit.


So, this is the sequel to Reawakening, and it couldn't be more different from its predecessor. That was quite deliberate. Having written a book which romped across a fantasy world at high speed, I wanted to go into depth here, for many reasons. Partly, I wanted to take this incredibly troubled c
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-high-fantasy
Yes, finally ... finally an author delivering an idea about gods and what's more: an idea I'm able to follow and which is not done in an instructive way but completely as part of the story flow. A god who remembers his human origins, his time together with his twin as horse lords on the steppe of Riulat where they became first some kind of sprite and as such suddenly part of a dragon hoard fighting against the dark shadow. The victory over the shadow comes with a cost: his twin dead, his dragon ...more
Book 1 of this terrific trilogy was all heat (and snark). Book 2 shows what happens after a Big Battle - the sober reality is that for every famous victory, there's an equally difficult aftermath. It makes for a more downbeat continuation, certainly, but Durreson channels the story through such 3-D characters that she keeps this fascinating world believeable and mesmerising.

The book's set in a medieval version of a North African country (Tiallat), just after the evil that is The Shadow has been
Just look at that cover!!!


Too bad the book didn't wow me as much. I usually expect tons of good feelz from Amy Rae Durreson's stories. They are so enchanting and full of warm fuzzies.

Well, not this one. It was all bleakness, poverty, plague, was like reading a Dark Ages historical. Except there are gods and dragons here.

Very depressing, and at times, very boring. There wasn't even much of a romance here- and I was so happy at first when I realized this was a lovers-reun
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a bit bleak and wasn't as magical as past works. The main character is always doubting himself, and he and his people go through terrible times. A couple of the characters from the last book make brief appearances. The main couple here share similarities to the one in the last book.
I managed to finish this in a couple days in London when it was too cold and dreary to go out.
Despite what I said above, there are complex, interesting characters, humor, and grand adventures. I was confused
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

Iskandir doesn’t feel like much of a God; his country is in shambles, his people are hurt and hungry and the faith that has sustained him is waning. Regardless, he is determined to do everything he can to help, even as he hides who he really is. When Tarnamell awoke, the world was unprepared to deal with the returned dragon king but when Halsarr awakes, Iskandir finds he is at just as much of a loss.

One thousand years of separation has left Iskandir changed,
Elisa Rolle
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson
1) A story of a God who, humbled by life and his decisions, does not feel worthy of being the God he feels his people, and his lover, a dragon, deserve. This was a fascinating take on how a god is created, and how very human he actually is. We can see Iskandar, the leader of his people after the fall of a restrictive religious regime, and his four counsel members rebuilding a city and a society. The angst and the despair of Isk
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-things, queer, sff, lgbtq
4.5 stars. Wonderful. Lovely writing, superb world-building, and interesting characters, as one can expect from this author. This book is about a plague as well as love and adventure and dragons, so it's a bit grim, but it's a great book and I loved it. Perhaps not as completely compelling and exciting as the first in the series, but for me, Durreson's fantasy romances are somewhat on a different level, so it's still really excellent and totally engaging. I love that this series (at least the fi ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, but not as good as the first book. The heartache dealing with the plague and the Shadow was the best part of this story. I really liked Hal. I didn't like Iskandir as much because he was a depressing type character who took most of the book to wake up out of his depression in order to fulfill his duty as a god and protector of his people. I really love Tarn and Gard and their story in the Reawakening book, so I'm a little disappointed that I can't say that about Iskandir and Hal's st ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another disappointment... I had high hopes.
But those two main characters just didn't do it for me.
And the plague setting really really depressed me to no end.
It was well written, but not very enjoyable to me.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book. This book made me cry and not once.
Our main hero is called Iskandir and he is a god. Turns out, you avoid death a certain number of times and you become immortal - and then people start to worship you and some centuries later... well, you are god. He is Dual God of Tiallat, both bright and dark, joy and sadness, life and death, etc.
And he is miserable, depressed and basically atheistic.
He abandoned his people and fled, only to return to fight for them in the resistence against the big
Justyna Małgorzata
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A decent book, but not as good as the first in the series. This one is dark and depressing for the most part. The plague isn't a very nice theme. I'm an emotional reader and I could feel the despair of Tiallat a little too much for my own comfort. Characters are well written and complex but Iskandir is a bit too gloomy and self-doubting for my liking and Hal lack the spirit that his older brother has or his presence . The most interesting part of the story is where they (finally) leave Talia and ...more
Anne Barwell
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
Wow. I fell in love with this book right from the beginning. The world building was detailed, with a rich complex history and the settings were very easy to visualise. The characters are interesting, realistic and struggle with the decisions they’ve made and have still yet to make. I particularly loved Hal the dragon, and the fact that his hoard wasn’t the usual gold and treasure but the people he takes into his heart and protects. There are a few twists in the plot, and not all the main charact ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, fantasy, romance
Iskandir is my favorite non-dragon MC out of the first three books. I really loved his character (I also really wanted to kick his ass a lot, but it never diminished my love for him). Halsarr we don't get to know as well, but seemed pretty cool. I think this might have been my favorite story line out of all three, but that is hard to judge really, because they are all so different. The first is more adventure, the second more drama/survival, the third more mystery/investigative. There is the add ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I definitely liked this book more than its predecessor. Iskandir’s story had layers, depths, and actual growth; it wasn’t rushed and everything that was happening wasn’t too damn convenient unlike Tarn’s adventures. Hal was patient and sweet and he did great supporting Iskandir throughout the story. I still have no idea what he is like, but I figured I didn’t quite feel the characters in either installment and it’s fine, I enjoyed the books nonetheless.

The one thing I had to skip again was sex.
Anna C
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqqiaap, novel
Buku ini suram dan sedih sekali jika dibandingkan dengan buku pertamanya.
Kematian, kedukaan, penyesalan, ketidakberdayaan, keputusasaan, keraguan diri, penyalahan diri menghiasi 3/4 buku ini. Ditambah naratornya yg juga muram dan sedih terus, seorang empath pastilah tak tahan untuk tidak menitikkan air mata melihat penderitaan para tokoh dalam buku ini, sedari awal hingga akhir buku ini, begitu banyaknya kematian dalam buku ini. Dan berkat kehebatan author jugalah yg sanggup membuat empath turu
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
The beginning and end of the story were informative and moved the series along. However, once the (view spoiler)that I absolutely could have done without.

Here's hoping the 3rd installment is better.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe this time a bit less than 4 stars because of the depressing subject. I'm obviously looking forward to the next book.
Theodora IK
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a binge reader. I had been planning to wait until book 3 to read so I could immerse myself in this world longer and enjoy the dragons and gods and adventure better. Alas... I couldn't resist temptation. I opened the first chapter last night.

I finished this book earlier today, and I even read the "Handbook of Terms for the Student of the Second Dragon Age" to get glimpses about the next characters. I was left writhing in desperation. This ending is fairly happy. There is no cruel cliffhanger
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, t1, novel
Another engrossing, engaging fantasy story by Amy Rae Durreson. I loved the world, cultures and characters she has created for this series. And her writing was beautiful as well as entertaining. Iskandir was a multi-faceted MC; courageous, kind and a leader, yet also full of self-doubt and regrets. Hal was my favorite in this book, though - a pacifist dragon. Old friends from book one make welcome appearances as well.

There was plenty of adventure and also smaller, tender moments. The story was r
JL Lucaban
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where's the next? Like I want the next story now...

But I must be patient lest I be denied with my request.

I love the story, although I kind of hated Iskandir's character at the first half of the book. Like yes, he's a thousand year old (and more) god, but he's like an angsty, full of doubt, teenager.

And yes I see him as a fool... I could still remember something that he said when he argued with Halsarr:

“A learned man looks at the world and sees fools. A wise man looks at the world and sees he
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Great book! The author makes her world real to you. Character development very strong. You become invested in the characters. Would've liked internal dialogue from both main characters as opposed to just one . Only complaint. Can't wait for the third book. Hopefully it will be out sooner than later.
Not quite as good as the first one. Iskandir's self doubt got a bit annoying after a while. The romance between Iskandir and Hal fell a bit flat for me. I think it's because Hal is so apart from most things. Maybe a bit too stoic. But, it was still a good story albeit a bit long. I'm eager to read the next book when it comes around.

I wish there were a hundred more books written by this author - this story was so very good, every scene, every character, every emotion was perfectly laid out. I hate having to wait for the next one.
I really, really enjoyed this and I can't WAIT for the next book to come out!
Fan-freaking-tastic book. Very different from the first, but just as wonderful.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome book, thoughnot a light read with the city being destroyed by the plague. You almost wonder where they find time for romamce in these conditions.

warning: lots of death and angst
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and can't wait for the next one. I keep checking Amy's website for updates.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A fight against shadow with a self-doubting god and a physician Dragon. A very troubling portrayal of plague.
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Amy Rae Durreson is a writer and romantic, who writes m/m romances. She likes to go wandering across the local hills with a camera, hunting for settings for her stories. She's got a degree in early English literature, which she blames for her somewhat medieval approach to spelling, and at various times has been fluent in Latin, Old English, Ancient Greek, and Old Icelandic, though please don't ask ...more

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