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Myths and Mortals

(Numina Trilogy #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,416 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg builds her bewitching world of beasts and betrayal as the Numina Series continues.

Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.

Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world.
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by 47North
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Maria V. Snyder
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this series and book 2 doesn't disappoint. All I'm going to say is Charlie is an evil genius and you MUST have book 3 nearby because when you finish this one, you're going to want to dive into book 3 right away! ...more
Tricia Levenseller
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
I love this new trilogy! Charlie has done a fabulous job on these books. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever read!
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was almost as good as the first but I’ve docked half a star because there was quite a bit of angst for much of the book. Particularly liked the low level numen like a flying hamster. Rone and. sandis are very cute together.
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I know is that I am inwardly screaming at that ending, and need to freak out over the cliffhanger.

Let me write something more coherent when it's not 3am😳
Jennifer Gaarder
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sandis has escaped Kazen’s clutches, Rone has lost his Amarinth in a dirty deal, Rone’s mother is safely in another country and Irith is now bound to another. In Myths and Mortals By Charlie N. Holmberg, action, intrigue, betrayal , and fear mounts as Sandis and Rone discover that Kazen is still alive and well and still trying to summon forth a world ending monster.

Sandis is now living with a long lost uncle who is not the greatest when it comes to fa
Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.

Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get c
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Re-read to prepare for the 3rd book in the series!!

Book – Myths & Mortals
Author – Charlie N. Holmberg
Series – Numina Trilogy
Publication Date – April 16, 2019
Genre – Fantasy
Type – Part of Series
Rating – 4 ½ out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I read Smoke & Summons back in January as a First Read through Amazon and instantly fell in love with this story and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sandis has escaped Kazen's clutches and is now with the only family she still has, a great-uncle that takes her in, even though Rone is convinced that Talbur is the one that sold her to Kazen in the first place. But after Rone's betrayal, Sandis is in no mood to listen to him. It soon becomes clear that Talbur's patronage is not without price and Sandis is in trouble again and now without the numina that she was bound to. Meanwhile Kazen is still trying to bring Kolosos into our world.

The middle
Apr 19, 2019 added it
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
***I received a free e-ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Though I had this eARC since February, it took me a lot longer to return to this series than I thought it would. Myths & Mortals is the sequel to Smoke & Summons and picks up the second after the first book concluded.

Myths & Mortals is a hard one for me to rate, because while I LOVE the concept behind the series and I find the characters mildly amusing, I struggled a lot with the
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We travel with Rone and Sandis where we left off in Smoke and Summons.

Kazen on loose , Riggers and Grafters on the chase , Sandis and Rone have much more to run from before they even think of making up to each other.

Myths and mortals started off kinda slow but (thankfully) didn't have the second book syndrome. The plot wasn't mainstream but Charlie managed to keep us in the edge of the kindle or page (lol) 24×7.

Sandis and Rone had a lot of issues to go through while running and hiding and chasin
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Another horrendous cliffhanger! And the next book isn't out for several months! Charlie why do you do this to me!!!

This was another solid, enjoyable read. I want to wrap Sandis up in a blanket and tell her it's all gonna be okay. Everyone in this book just needs a hug. Except Kazen and Talbur, those two can have a kick in the face.

I wanted to give it more stars but the writing still just felt a little lacking. Some word choices just felt off to me. And if I have to read the phrase "he/she rolle
LJ Waguespack
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reading! Charlie Holmberg continues to blow my expectations away, onto book three!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and author for the chance to read early for an honest review.

This story was great! I wasn't able to finish Smoke & Summons before starting this, but that didn't matter because there was enough back story (catch up) to get the gist of what was going on from the last one, and then the story was off and running again.

I loved Rone and Sandis and Bastien, the new vessel. I felt bad for Rone and the tough choice he had to make at the end of the first book that car
Timothy Boyd
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Good 2nd book in the trilogy. Interesting story and the magic system of the world is a different change from regular fantasy magic. entertaining read. Recommended
Kris Sellgren
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The first half of this fantasy novel is the heroine being angry with the hero for his terrible betrayal in the previous book in the series. Once they make up then the book gets better, with lots of action.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks netgalley for the ARC

All I can say is I loved this book. It was exciting, fun and entertaining. It was so original and new that it was a fun read.
Kara Babcock
As with the first book, Smoke & Summons, I received a free eARC from NetGalley and publisher 47North. Like the first book, Myths & Mortals feels like original and competent urban fantasy. Charlie N. Holmberg adds more layers to the saga of Sandis Gwenwig, such as it is. However, this book does little to assuage my grumping from the first book. Another cliffhanger ending, and not all that much development of Sandis’ character either.

Spoilers for the first book but not for this one.

Sandis has succ
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We continue further with Sandis and Rone, Kazen, Talbur and the other vessels through betrayal after betrayal. They run, they fight and run again until they find out what Kazen intends to do. I have to say that I like Rone as a character more than Sandis. Sometimes she doesn't make much sense to me (she's afraid to go outside alone and find somewhere to sleep and in further along she's gunning someone down). Her character development feels a bit off. I enjoyed reading the second installment, but ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-release, 2019
This book definitely suffers from the second book syndrome.

What I liked:

1)The addition of new characters. We got to know Rone and Sandis quite a bit in the first book and if this book was just the two of them, it would have suffered. Having Bastien and the other vessels definitely made the story more interesting. And I still enjoyed Rone and Sandis.

2)The foreshadowing coming to fruition was very satisfying. (view spoiler)
Megan (The Gemini)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't even put my finger on what has me so absorbed, but I've not been able to put this down. I like Rone. Perfect balance of mischief and seriousness. I also like Sandis.. Normally. Sometimes she was weepy and needy, but she seems to be figuring out that she's not so useless as the story goes on.

This was another book that I figured out the ending easily. Tends to sour the story a bit because I lose the surprise of it. Instead, I'm just irritated at the characters for walking into things they
The plot is interesting - the ethereal plane, the gods, the politics - but I'm really struggling with the series. I think part of the problem is that I just don't like Sandis. I really, really don't. She's the kind of female lead I generally characterize as the "precious heroine" - perfect in her powers, perfectly beautiful, perfectly convinced of her own superiority in all things, utterly self-righteous and headstrong, and determined to follow her own course of action even though it is usually ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, netgalley
When it comes right down to it, I just don't think the darker themes in this series are best suited to the style of Charlie N. Holmberg. The charming books that make up her series, The Paper Magician, are fun, light, and sweet. Everything that I found delightful in that series is lacking in this one. The Paper Magician series had likable main characters who fit well within the settings and the universe created around them. Here I found many of the same flaws repeated in this sequel, and while I ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a review of the ARC I received from Netgalley.
Myths and Mortals is an amazing read. It keeps the momentum from the first book going - and even though there are still elements of running for their lives - there is not a single moment that feels repetitive.

Sandis has finally found her family - but her great uncle is not what she had expected. At the same time, she can no longer trust Rone. His betrayal was too great, cut too deep. Rone and Sandis are real people, and you can see the real
Katheryn Avila
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I've been waiting for this book since back when I first read Smoke & Summons. Pre-ordered and everything because I loved the first one so much. And Holmberg delivered!

Picking up where the first one left off, Myths & Mortals follows the aftermath of Sandis and Rone's struggles in the previous book. They do a lot more traveling the underbelly of the city, and Sandis comes into her own in a way that didn't happen in the last book. Though she still very much depends on Rone, she fights for her indep
Stephen Topp
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
So ... I liked this, but it annoyed me for much of the book.

Our hero, Sandis, starts the book by taking a step back to a different version of where she was at the start of book 1. She then makes the same heroic journey through a bit of a different plot.

Also, about a third of the book seems to be our two main characters waiting around while worrying mirror reflection thoughts about their relationship to one another. Some of this is fine, but it continued for so long it felt exhausting.

But it sets
Roger John Jones
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too long

Once again an author opts for pages over moving the plot forward. The unexpected consequence of Kindle unlimited. Unfortunate. Kills the story.
S. Naomi Scott
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-authors
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Simi (book.dra.gon)
Rating: 3.5/5

How am I supposed to wait until December to read the third book after that cliffhanger? Why do you put me through so much pain?
(Contains spoilers for the first novel in the series - Smoke and Summons!)

The plot takes up where the first book left off. After Rone rescued Sandis from Kazen - loosing his amarinth in the progress - the girl insists on staying with her great-uncle. But it isn't long before she comes back to Rone, even though she only does so because she had no other
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received a copy for honest review from Netgalley. This review contains non-detailed spoilers for Smoke & Summons, see spoiler free review of the first book here.

Sandis has escaped one form of slavery for another. Her loyalty to family has bound her to an uncle she never knew, but now that she does she finds herself internally battling her bond of blood with her own ethics. She thought getting out and reaching her family would solve everything, but it proves only the beginning of
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Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

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Numina Trilogy (3 books)
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