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Paragon Rising

(Curse of the Phoenix #2)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  25 reviews
On the brink of war, the fate of the nine realms lies in Tori Kagari's hands. After her arduous efforts to infiltrate the queendom of Avarell, Tori must now escape from it in an unforeseen alliance with a runaway princess and the soldier who saved Tori's life.

When the savage forces of Nostidour take hold of Avarell, Tori must seek out the rulers of the other realms and con
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Snowy Wings Publishing
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Kalli Bunch
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say?!? Mind Blown!! 🤯🤯 This book has everything you could ever want in a book. Adventure, Excitement, Pirates, Betrayal, Intrigue, Spycraft, and the Undead...There is beauty, there is war, and what's better is there is an intelligent Fox named Takumi who knows the ins and outs of the shadows better than anyone. The Pirate Queen has her very own Phoenix as well. Tori, Bram, Finja, Princess Wrena, Aurora, Goran, and many others from the nine realms hatch a plan to save Avarell. So much ...more
Stacy Kersteter
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Finally got my questions answered from the first book. And what a happy ending to the series! Maybe a prequel now...
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing Fantasy story. The nine Realms are in trouble unless Tori can fix the problem. Impossible to stop reading, loved it as I do anything by this author.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for this partnership.

I loved the first volume, this one even more so.

We find Tori there, who has the fate of the nine kingdoms in his hands. She's going to do everything she can to infiltrate the Queen of Misery. Except that enemy frogs are seizing Avareil, she will have to convince the other kingdom leaders to come to their aid. Except that when they discover that she lied about her identity, their trust in her will decrease. She's gonna have to show them who s
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the author for sending me a copy of her book!

I liked Phoenix Descending (the first book in this series) so I was very excited to read Paragon Rising. It had been quite a while since I read the first book so it took me a while to get into the story. I felt like I had forgotten many of the plot twists and characters, and I had to take a while to actually think about what happened in Phoenix Descending. Once I had ref
Angel Haze
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
The first book won an award, and the awesomeness keeps rolling in! If you thought the first one was good, Dreyer really stepped it up with this one! It was a non-stop, action-filled ride that will completely sweep you off your feet and leave your breathless. It was beautifully written and has such an absolutely amazing cast of characters...some you just wanted to throttle!

What Lady Maescia has to do...the Queen...the background of the Undead...OMG...can't spoil it but WOW!! This book is destine
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is amazing!!

End is perfect. At second I thought I won't like it but at the end it is perfect.

Characters are perfection, plot is amazing,.... Everything is as it should be.

I LOVE it!!!
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Paragon Rising” is the second instalment in the “Curse of the Phoenix” Duology by Dorothy Dreyer, an enticing, thrilling, well-written NA epic fantasy story, that captivates the reader from the very beginning, with a fantastic well-crafted world, which blends elements of hero quest, adventure, mystery, light horror and Asian inspired lore into a fully unique enticing story.

“Paragon Rising” takes exactly on where “Phoenix Rising” (Book 1) left, and hits the floor hard, with Avarell being threate
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Curse of the Phoenix and this book is full of intrigue and political subterfuge. Duke Grunmire is blackmailing the Queen Regent Maecia and he is holding Aurora hostage in the dungeons. He is also forcing Princess Wrena to marry his son Eleazar, so that he is then named King and the Duke gets full power over Avarell. He has also formed an alliance with the barbarians from across the sea the Nostidourians, however once these land in Avarell he gets more than he bargaine ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The betrayals and lust for power have became crystal clear.
Now that the puppeteer behind the crazy political schemes and conquest plans is known, the war seems to be inevitable. Leverages are being used against those who fear for their lives, and secrets are being unraveled. Tori, Bram, Wrena, and Aurora have now the hardest task in front of them - unite the nations against the Nostidourian army and the traitor in Avarell, trying to salvage the citizens of all countries.
The second part of this
Stuart West
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dreyer's second book in her fantasy series follows Tori, a young woman forced to go undercover in an intrigue-riddled queendom, to save her family. This second book is more satisfying than the first as it really doesn't leave any cliffhangers unresolved. The writing's very good, but more importantly, the characters are fun. The villains are truly hissable, the heroes all winning. Everything comes to a head at the exciting conclusion, a battle between several realms (there're even zombies!), a ro ...more
Chad Barrus
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book but to understand it you really must read Phoenix Descending first so you will become acquainted with the characters and how the story began. Dorothy is another writer who weaves a tale that you get pulled into and whose characters you root for or despise. Questions from the first book are answered here.

I wholeheartedly recommend this series to those who enjoy escaping from reality to the world of fantasy. You will not be disappointed by this two book series. As with a
Bonnie Parker
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good! I like that both of the books are short yet, packed with action. Dorothy didn't waste a page in both of her books! Great continuation. Loved every page of it.
I loved the scene where all of the kings and queens gathered together in the docks. That was so exciting, so powerful!! Chapters are short and that makes it even better. A lot is happening and the short chapters let us follow everyone in the book and the transitions are very smooth. We are presented with each character just at the
Darcy Smith
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one fantastic and addictive story. It has so much action, adventure, drama, and mystery with swords, pirates, soldiers, and love. It is a gripping continuation of the first book. We see so much from our characters and the missions that they are. You laugh with characters, cry with them, feel their anger and their love. The descriptions are so well thought out that you can picture it in front of you. I adored Tori and Bram with their protective, honor bound attitudes. The flow of the stor ...more
Sherry Haynes
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paragon Rising is the second book of the series. I admit after reading the first chapter I was a bit lost. It had been awhile since I had read the first book and so I had forgotten the twists and turns and characters. After rereading book one, I was able to jump back in and understand and enjoy the situations and the development of the story. This series offers the reader an exciting journey with action, adventure and twists.

Josandra Cobb
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just enough.

The author did a good job of completing this duology bringing it to a happy ending. I really would have liked to see more development of some of the other characters and a little better resolution. But all in all there was enough there to make me care what was going on, a pretty darn good battle, and enough resolution there so I didn’t finish the book thinking what the F.
Lady The Owls
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so exciting and so much going on sometimes at once. I have read Phoenix Descending the first in the book series and the world build has grown so has the characters It is wonderful how it was done Dorothy Dreyer is very imaginative and has a good sense of letting things grow with her imagination. I would so recommend this book but be sure to read the first one or you miss a lot.
Rachel Rener
Absolutely wonderful end to a thrilling duology. I couldn't have asked for a more satisfying conclusion! ...more
Megan Murphy
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me at the pirate queen. A perfect ending. I do not want to say much without spoiling it but this book takes zombies and phoenixes to a whole new level!
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second book answers all the questions left hanging from the first. A must read.
Tina Merritt
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Great continuation! Truth finally!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have been waiting with bated breath for this sequel ever since I turned to the last page of Phoenix Decending and saw "Sequel Coming Fall 2018."

It was worth every minute of the wait.

The book is chock full of adventure, suspense, and romance. You're re-united with characters from the first book as well as introduced to a whole bunch of new faces. This book also answers the must burning questions from the first book, such as: what caused the Phoenix Fever, where did the undead come from, an
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Paragon Rising is part 2 in Curse of the Phoenix and a must read if you enjoyed the first book, Phoenix Descending. It starts with a little teaser, we are only just recovering from the heartbreaking cliffhanger in Phoenix Decending en then we have to read about new characters whom we do not know??? Luckely, we get right back to the story after that introduction.

I cheered for all the characters and their struggles that they had to overcome. Again we have a fast-paced story that keeps us right in
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