This a 3-star but almost became a four star as the story pulled me all the way through and delivered in the ending. The story is very straightforward and not very deep but it is still fun. With the foundation of the first book The World building here did expand the story enough to give it more of an epic feel. If you're looking for an easy fantasy this is for you.
I do not mean for my compliments to sound backhanded at all. There are many different styles of writing and stories to be enjoyed in fantasy. In the second book as well as the first the main protagonist comes into his power fairly easy. There is no long trial of training nor is there a complex magic system that he uses. In truth the protagonist is written as a very intelligent young man who was raised as a blacksmith's son but it was in truth much more. It does seem a bit too easy in how he steps into the role he is found himself in.
The romance and relationships within the story feel genuine but there are times in which misunderstandings and disagreements feel forced. The author does make the various Side characters interesting but there are no real surprises in them.