After a brutal and bloody invasion, a once powerful matriarchal nation is in chaos.
Only the shy warrior Violya can pick up the pieces and save her broken country. But an old threat – for one thousand years suppressed – has awoken. Now unleashed, ...more
VIOLYA by Rosalyn Kelly is the second volume of IN THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAINS, which is a feminist dark fantasy series that deals with a multitude of societies undergoing deep social changes. I really enjoyed the previous volume, MELOKAI, and eagerly picked up this book the moment that it came out.
The book opens up with a helpful recap of the previous one's story hooks and plots, which I believe more books should include. The previous Melokai is dead ...more
Where the first book spent more time introducing us to the world and the cultures, this one picks up where it left off and focuses much more on characters. Most of the point of view characters from book one continue here, with the exception of course of any who did not survive book one. No spoilers.
The character development i ...more
Once again this author takes a very daunting approach to writing as there is a lot going on. Big props for wending a tale steeped in a myriad of unconventional approaches. What is a consistent theme throughout the novel, no matter the Kingdom in which it resides, is that men suck and when not sucking they are beta males tout ...more
The last Molokai, the leader of her people, was killed during an invasion by a neighboring land. Violya is a warrior. No one is more surprised than she when she is selected as the new Molokai.
With some beautiful descriptive touches, Violya transports you to another world. One where women don't just take a back seat or linger on the periphery but are at the heart of the story.
Like the first book Melokai, I couldn't put this novel ...more
This is an epic fantasy saga and the second book delivers just as much action and adventure as the first. In this second instalment the author has drawn me once again back into the world she has created. This book sees the different races of people being drawn into something more dangerous and it is a threat to the survival of their races.
The author has pitted fa ...more
That said, it was really annoying to read. Why not one star, then? Because some of the characters are interesting, despite being stupid. And because of the cliffhanger at the end of the book.
If you want to read something and not question what is going on, you might enjoy this book ...more
After the tragic and cliffhanger ending to book 1 of this trilogy (Melokai), I'd been eagerly awaiting Violya and I wasn't disappointed.
The author takes us into the world where ancient tribal wars are re-awakened, and warrior Violya must lead her people in a role she was destined for. Although I don't read a lot of fantasy, I found Violya gripping and found myself rooting for her and her people. There are many likeable characters to get b ...more
An expansive adventure fantasy.
Written with a confident hand, the author fearlessly takes one to places and incidents never imagined, accompanied by (mostly female) characters brave and magical, ready to stand up to evil. I loved the caterpillar scarf!
I find that with many trilogies the first book is so interesting because of the character and world building that must be done, the second installments are usually a midway journey that is entertaining but it's ultimately leading to an epic conclusion in the final ...more
It had been a while since I read the first so the starting chapter did feel a little info dumped. I couldn’t follow half of it.
Rosalyn Kelly grew up in the magical New Forest in the south of England and has lived around the country as well as in the Middle East, and travelled all over the world.
She studied English Literature and Language at Oxford Brookes University before embarking on a PR and marketing career.
After ten years telli ...more