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The Wildcat of Braeton

(The Rise of Aredor #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  27 reviews
His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.

A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling
Paperback, 2, 454 pages
Published September 13th 2017 by Campitor Press (first published May 19th 2015)
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Ooh, hard one to rate! Don’t let my low(ish) rating (3.5 stars) stop you from picking up this novel; The Wildcat of Braeton really was quite an impressive book…set in the middle of a well-done, fascinating, non-magic fantasy world, and brimming with great characters.

It follows The Rise of Aredor and continues the grand adventures of Aiden and Corin, and all their friends and loved ones. There’s epic battles, wonderful friendships, and endearing romance. The quest to guard Aredor continues as b
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 14+ for violence
Shh, leave me alone. I need to stop sobbing before I can gather my thoughts to review this. It might be awhile.

UPDATE: Okay, I'm *mostly* fine now. ;)

This book. While I do have a few critiques, I REALLY loved this book! Let's start with what I didn't like and get it out of the way.

The writing was a bit all-over. There wasn't really a main storyline, more like a bunch of storylines all spread throughout, some major ones even being wrapped up in the first 30% of the book. While it didn't bother
Tricia Mingerink
Like The Rise of Aredor, this book is written in an epic, build-up style of writing. It takes a long time building the characters, building the threat, building the culture, before everything explodes in the climax. The character problems adjusting to their new lives gives enough drama to keep the reader hooked all the way until the end.

I loved connecting with Aiden and Corin again. After so long in Calorin, both of these main characters struggle with the adjustment of returning home and reconn
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for: Ages 10 to Adult

Rating: PG (for violence)

The Wildcat of Braeton is definitely a step up from The Rise of Aredor. I certainly liked it better. While it still doesn't make it to my favorites, it is enough for me to continue following this author's career.

Writing: 4/5

It felt better written than the last book, certainly. There's still more telling than showing, and the character point of view could be deeper, but there was less head hopping and the story was much easier for me to fo
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great!!! I loved seeing all these characters again and meeting new characters that were just as fantastic.

Aiden has finished his seven years of service to Lord Rishdah. He stays a little longer, but then knows he must head home…to Braeton. He is frightened. He does not know how his family will receive him after running away so long ago. Even more important, is the troubling news he hears of Clan Canich. Someone is slowly taking control of his clan, from the inside. He has to save them a
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-to-review
I don't automatically give points to a book just because the author takes the daring step of killing off characters. There's a right way and a wrong way to arrange deaths. Fortunately, Claire Banschbach knows how to destroy lives with skill and sensitivity.

Yes, of course I mean FICTIONAL lives and deaths. Though I did feel a little destroyed myself once I'd finished...but in a good way.

You have to understand that I haven't quite recovered from this book yet, even though it's been a few months si
Review to come.
Laura A. Grace
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

Whelp. I have some mixed feelings here, though I don't think they are bad.

I GREATLY appreciated the humor in this story! Though we had some humor in book one, it felt much more prominent in this one, which I am very thankful for. Thanks to a few friends, I already knew the ending would be a tear-jerker and they were in fact right. Remembering those snarky comments and general laughter helped eased some of the pain, but at the same time made it wors
This book is amazing!!!! Ah, i just love Corin! :) And Aiden. :) For those of you who have not read this series read it right now!! ;) But do NOT read the Epilogue AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! *Sobbing* The whole book was totally amazing one of my favorite books, but the epilogue was just so sad! :(But still read the book. If you don't like sad endings don't read the epilogue. Well I thought it was really sad but some people might like it. :) But all in all it was totally amazing!! :D
Amanda Tero
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally liked this better than Book 1 in the series. It still took me a few chapters to get into it, but I loved reconnecting with the characters from Rise of Aredor. Just like Aredor, this book is filled with battles and oppressors. Claire does a good job depicting battle scenes (for my preference) -- not too much gore but just enough details for you to understand what's going on and feel the heat and excitement.

For about the first half, I had a hard time keeping characters straight becaus
Sarah Allerding
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. I had some difficulty with sorting out the different characters at first. As I got to know the characters better, I really felt like I was in the story, which is great! I would not recommend this book for younger kids because of the description of the battle scenes, but overall it was a great story and a good read. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Oh, and I really like the front cover!

I received a free e-copy of this book as part of a promotion in
Shannon Hiner
It is one thing, to write one book. Incredibly difficult, and well worth the time, but many writers wear themselves and their ideas out on the first one. Others, are filled with the insatiable need to keep writing. This sequel felt like it came from a writer who had suddenly discovered the monster inside; the beast that thirsts for words, sentences, paragraphs...all full of character development, subplots and a worrisome amount of conflict.

The reading was a lot smoother in this one, and I can al
Michael Philliber
Friendship that lasts to the end of one’s life is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain in the light of the high mobility of the nomadic 21st Century. And yet friendship – true, lasting friendship – is one of the gaping holes in our societal chests. It is a large theme fleshed out in Tolkien’s works like “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and it is a major tone vibrating through Claire M. Banscbach’s “The Wildcat of Braeton”. This 447 page paperback written for fantasy-fiction lovers ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very difficult book to review. I feel like I have a bit of a rare opinion because there are a ton of 4-5 star ratings, so don't let my low rating stop you from trying it out. It might just be me.

Things that deserved a 4-star:

-Corin and his paperwork. It was brilliantly funny.

-Gerralt. I mean, what's not to like about the grouchy secretary that everyone's terrified of?

-Gwilym. He was adorable. And heartbreaking. (view spoiler)
Helena George
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A satisfying ending to a lovely saga! While not as captivating as The Rise of Aredor, I still enjoyed every minute of the sequel! It was great to see my old character-friends again, as well as meet new ones. And not only that, but I got some lovely accents and worldbuild on the side. :) I think the main reason I didn't enjoy this as much was simply because I got to follow them all to their end. Some died young...others...I got to hear how they lived beyond their friends, lived their full life, a ...more
Abby Cashen
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
An interesting read!

(Read full review here.)
(Includes content advisory.)
Joseph Leskey
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much any one, just so long as they would like it
This is pretty fun. Actually, it's really fun. Fairly complex too. I think I liked it better than The Rise of Aredor.

There are many plots going on in this book and I quite enjoyed them all, I believe.

The characters are still all very excellently done. That one, though… maybe I missed something? …but I'm afraid I have a very low opinion of the said character's intelligence. I suppose there are other factors, but at the time I was thinking along the lines of, that was highly unintelligent, but wel
Scott Sammons
Proofreader needed!

This is of a bad story. What is desperately lacking is a skilled editor and good proofreader. There are tonnes of missing words, wrong words, flow issues, extraneous plotlines, and general sloppiness that muddy up the generally descent characters and world building. I liked it too much to rate it lower, but certainly couldn't argue against any reader who did give a one or two star rating.
Kim  Gregory
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great series. Not sure how it is considered Christian fiction, but it is clean.

This is, basically, three stories in one. We see more of Aiden's life in this book as well as more from Corbin. Lots of battles and this one gives us some more romance than the first book did. All of our favorite characters are back, but not all of them make it to the end of the story - lots of tears.

Clean read.
I really wanted to love this one. However, just couldn't get past the use of the word (view spoiler)
I realize most people would not be bothered or even realize this so I'm not going to give a star rating. I also have to say that Banschbach is a very talented writer.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic-fiction
I was suffering for a huge reading slump while in the middle of this book. It was a big bummer.
I'm having trouble reviewing this one. We got to see most of our favorite characters again. Corin repeatedly tells his men that this second war will be harder than the first because the Calorins know their fighting techniques, but I had some trouble buying that since the last time they were fighting from the trees, collecting men to help fight by saving them from slavery. The Calorins may have had a
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to receive a free copy of The Wildcat of Braeton from the author, Claire M. Banschbach. As the second book in The Rise of Aredor series, I was at a slight disadvantage to other readers because I hadn’t read the book before it in the series. Despite that I was able to jump right into the story and begin enjoying it immediately.

Emeth, (or as his real name was Aiden), has served seven years with the Calorins under Lord Rishdah. Although he’s had many adventures, he’s ready to leave hi
S.C. Gregory
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The second installment of this series was well written. The characters were more mixed this time, with more of a female presence than in the first book: The Rise of Aredor. Most of the dialogue was natural and flowed well. The banter was great, with plenty of humour. The action was spaced out more than in the previous book with less of a focus on war and more attention shown to the various relationships portrayed and ma
John Duggan
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a sequel that is better than the original.

As with The Rise of Aredor, Claire has created wonderful characters who you care about. Like, a character I was fond of got hurt, and I was upset with Claire. That is a pretty extreme response I think. The story hit a lot of different emotional marks, far more than The Rise of Aredor. I want to be clear, I loved The Rise of Aredor.

I got a copy of this book (ebook) from Claire to review. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor.
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Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen. She's an overall dork, pizza addict, and fangirl. She enjoys meshing stories of family and faith with healthy doses of acti

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