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Avristin: Duty and Sacrifice 2

(The God Jars Saga #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Avristin isn’t the quiet, contemplative monastery he imagined…

Valis escaped his birth father and made it to Avristin. Now, the adopted son of his two saviors, the honorable Aesriphos Kerac and Darolen, Valis vows to become just like them. The only things standing in his way are his lack of magic and crippling social anxiety.

With the help of six new friends, Valis hopes to
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 256 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Magelight Press (first published September 16th 2017)
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I'm Still Without Adequate Words

This is the second book by this author in this series I've read in the last 4 weeks or so (I believe), and I am just as enamored as I was the last time. I love the world, the world-building, the relationships, the relationship-building, the characters, the character development, and the peripheral characters are all fantastic as well. There's angst, but nothing over the top. There's conflict, but nothing too heinous between the long-term characters. There are obst
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This gets more interesting every page. For you fantasy lovers, this is a great series. It's all about gods, and good vs. evil. But it's also about family, home, and finding your place. About knowing how to control yourself and fight for the right cause. It's so good.
Valis is overwhelmed finally being at Avristin. It's so big and so much. There's so many people and he's honestly, scared to death. But with a little push from his dad's, he knows he needs to make friends. But as he tries to, one of
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
very interesting story. it made me curious what was next and kept me interested enough to keep turning. i enjoyed the characters.. sometimes they were a bit whiny but overall very good.. i enjoyed the writing and the plot. i like this series and hope to see more
Natosha Wilson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have truly enjoyed following Valis's journey thus far. This boy has not hadd an Easy of it so far but he now has two adopted fathers that love him unconditionally and are willing to push him so he can become the man they both know that he will grow to be.

One of the things that they are pushing him towards is becoming friends with the youngsters close to his age. At first Valis's is scared. He is scared to take the chance with them because he knows what can happen if they turn on him. He knows
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Duty and Sacrifice trilogy of the God Jars saga flowed smoothly from Saviors. Valis and his new fathers have reached Cadoras, and Avristin, the monastery itself.

While Darolen and Kerac play the roles of supportive parents, their parts are downplayed a bit in this story. This book is more about Valis and the trials and tribulations he faces while learning to stand on his own two feet. Right off the bat, Valis finds himself brought into a group of friends. Unfortunately, ye
Valis and his adoptive parents/guardians have reached the monastery, Avristin. Valis is having issues adjusting but his fathers help to ease him into it. He is urged to make friends but when one of the people in the group of new friends finds the symbol of Qos on him he's taken into custody and thrown into a cell where he is again mistreated. When the misunderstanding it corrected Valis finds himself being supported by some of the new people he has met but also finds himself having to prove is i ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darolen an Kerac are like fathers to Valis, so when another kid invites him to sit with them Darolen and Kerac convince him to make friends. This is when he meets Seza, Aenali who Valis will come to call doll face, Tavros, Aryn I’d say four out of six isn’t bad so I missed two names above. While getting to try to know six new friends Tavros spots the mark of Qos the god of evil tattooed behind his ear. Without knowing Tavros has Valis jailed unfortunately in doing so Valis is stuck in a cell wit ...more
Chelle Britton
I love when characters can hold their own. I must thank you, Devon Vesper, for creating a character that's sweet and sensitive but will go a bit psychotic if you try and kill him. So many authors fabricate characters that are one or the other and often in need of rescuing because of it. But Valis, oh sweet sweet Valis, is a character who can get downright bloody and still be the most delightful thing ever. Of course he has his weaknesses (control being the most pertinent) but this just leaves ro ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, reviewed, series
Valis arrives in Avristin with his fathers. Not knowing what to expect, he is both astonished and terrified. He glimpses Tavros and only wants to find out who he is, to be close to him. Valis makes a few friends, Tavros among them and they quickly become as close as family. When his past puts him on a collision course with Tavros, he believes he will never be able to get through his hate.

The world building continues, giving Avristin a magical quality. But at the same time it seems to have an ove
Joscelyn Smith
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great second book in the God Jars Saga. I just love Valis but in the beginning he couldn't seem to catch a break. I was glad when Tavros finally came around but for most of the book I wanted to stab him in the eye with a rusty spork, he was such a judgemental ass I couldn't believe that he was almost 30 but I guess the fact that mages age differently explains some of his volatile behavior. As soon as I finished it was ready for the next book, I am so looking forward to more from this ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Valis is back and continues his story, now moved to the big city of Avriston. He is still learning to trust people and encounters lots of new people at his new home. He has trouble adapting, along with that, his past comes back to haunt him and changes him, whether he wants it or not. He finds he likes his new home and looks forward to what is to come. The author, from whom, I received a copy to read and review, does a great job creating and describing this world. I look forward to reading more ...more
Valis finally makes it to Avristin with his adoptive fathers and things go from good, to bad, to worse when he meets Tavros. Then better, then bad, then better, then bad, then hot, then awkward. It's a rollercoaster ride of emotions as Valis meets a circle of kids his own age, falls in love, learns more about Phaerith and Qos, the God Jars, and his own magic. So much story and character development in this book, I absolutely loved it.
What a great follow up! We’re still getting the amazing world building, and it’s absolutely wonderful getting to learn about the gods, the god jars, and what it takes to be a good Aesriphos. Valis’s family is growing larger, and it’s great to see him learn what it means to love and be loved.

My one gripe, and it really is a very small one, is that large portions of this read more like a YA novel. I have no problems with that, and actually enjoy YA, but wish I had known that going into it
Tony Williamson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I received a free book in exchange for a review. This book was even better than the 1st in the series. Valis is learning to deal with his new found freedom to choose for himself and to trust his new group of friends. So many conflicting emotions make this a bit difficult. Once again the writing is superb and kept me wanting to read non stop to the last page. This book ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, but for me that is ok. I will for sure be reading book 3.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this second book of the series you’ll witness how Valis started finding his feet in his new reality while his heart dreams of a future. The world the author created for this series is amazing and I cannot wait to learn more, but in the meantime the training is getting interesting. Wonderful reading!
I received this book as an ARC and this is my honest opinion.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I am loving this series. The writing is pulling me in to follow the characters around. Loving the world the author made for the characters. There is spots that pull at my emotions for the characters. Will be stalking the author for a long time.
“I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book and was not required to leave a review.”
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Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series so far. There aren't many m/m fantasy series out there that have the same main characters in every book, so I am really glad for this. This book is about the main character getting used to his new home and making friends, and dealing with people in general. I'm off to start reading book number 3 now.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He has got away from his father and as got to a new place where he hopes to improve his life but it is not going to be so easy. One day he is found to have a mark of an evil god. He is sent back to his father who is a cruel man. Can he escape again? Will he find his place? See if he acn

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Scarolet Ellis
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Avristin: Duty and Sacrifice 2 (The God Jars Saga 2) by Devon Vesper is a great story to read. It is book number two in the series and I am glad I read this story, it has strong characters and a great story line. I recommend this story to everyone.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisa Guertin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m really loving this series. Watching Valis grow and mature and find himself is so absorbing. I do agree with one critic that thr characters seem to cry at the drop of a hat. But that is also part of their strength.
Patricia Nelson
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And the fantastic adventures continue!!
Ben Mcpeake
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, m-m-romance
tammy rufo
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better! I love Valis, and all of his new friends. Tavos pissed me quite a bit, but I loved him toward the end and my fingers are crossed that he and Valis work their crap out and get their HEA! Devon Vesper is so talented and really knows how to tell a story!
Gema Cela rodríguez
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the whole new set of characters that joined the ones from the first book and I also liked the storyline. It keeps being a bit too sappy for my taste but very entertaining.
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