Throne of Oak, the second in the Maggie's Grove series, was a terrific book. I love how the dryads and their trees are able to control the animals and plants in the forest. Dragos and Mina were a fascinating duo, and I especially loved the side story of Dragos' brother, Trajan, and Dragos' Renfield, Eddy, with his nervous Oreo-eating disorder. The whole town of Maggie's Grove is invested in their town, which Dragos, the mayor, founded long ago. The grove is a sanctuary for supernaturals, who are attacked and hunted by individuals called Van Helsings. The story follows Mina, who was attacked by a bad witch named Terry, who was defeated in the prior book, but left Mina agoraphobic and unable to leave the throne area in the forest. Dragos, her mate, courts Mina so they can be together. The bad witch in the story is quickly apparent and is not really a surprise. Dragos' father is a side issue, which was beautifully incorporated into the story line. I ended up loving Dragos and Mina and both of Dragos' brothers. What Dragos is and why he is ostracized by his family is really a big reveal of the story. I can't wait to read Noah's, the werewolf alpha's story. It did take me a while to read this story, but it was worth it in the end. There were parts that dragged a bit, but the ending was very exciting.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much more I enjoyed this installment than the previous one. I was engaged and interested all the way through. Part of this may have been because not as much background was needed (since it was the second book) or maybe I just skimmed those parts.
Primarily, I found the relationship between Dragos and Mina to be more satisfying than the previous book. More time was spent developing each of those characters individually. There still wasn't much time spent on the development of their relationship because the author played the mated/fated card.
I still find that the vast array of magical beings tends to overwhelm the story a bit. The author has thrown in every magical being she could think of and all the descriptions of their appearances and powers drags the story down in places.
I really loved this book! Ever since I read "Blood of the Maple," I really wanted to know what was going to happen with Mina and Dragos. I loved how we got to see more of the people of the town; how we were able to read more about those that inhabit the town of Maggie's Grove. I really loved how the author dropped little hints as to what both Dragos and Dominic were, but didn't just outright tell readers right away. I loved the build up to the big reveal, but didn't go any more into Dominic, but left the reader wondering if he will get his own story. I also loved how we were able to learn more about the history of the town and how it got it's name. I can't wait to see whose story is next and learn more about the inhabitants of Maggie's Grove and to see if what more the Van Helsings are up to. Can't wait for the next installment!!
I liked this story, but it seemed to drag on. I was totally into it, then it sort of lost momentum. I think what got me...spoilers...is when the van helsings came into Maggie's grave, they made a pint to state some witch had to have helped them. They did not respond to that, but when it happened again some scenario later in the story they addressed it. This happened multiple times throughout the story. I was upset that it was not addressed initially and since it was not the characters seemed to be a little dense. Why would anyone let these situations go on? Anyway that is why I gave a three instead of a five.
once again we see Maggie's Grove as a real town, just with people some of only wish we could be. It wasn't so much that we built new characters with names from the first novel, but it was like turning a cube of glass. Each side was already fully formed and there. It only was able for us to see once the author gave us the chance to turn the cube.
The story is well placed, and leaves enough unconfirmed until late in the novel that you have no clue exactly who we should be hating this time round. An excellent change of pace. This helps mark this as a second novel, but also it could be a stand alone and you would be just as drawn into the set of novels as if you had started with the first.
I can only look forward to the next novel, (hoping that there is in fact several more) to see how she contuines to turn the glass cube that is Maggie's Grove for us to view it as she does.
I didn't read the first book to this series I was lost a little. I eventually caught up with the story. I really enjoyed the two characters in this story mina and Dragos in this story. It was a great match and enjoyable. I am going to continue with the next book I am curious of the Selena connection and Ivy connection they left us with. That will tell you the story was a good one is looking forward to the next. Probably wont read the first one didn't really seem I needed to after this one.
But it would have been better if the writing was stronger. Commas, people. Learn to use them, or at least hire an editor who has the skill. I expect more from a published author like Bell. Also, long expository paragraphs tended to tell, not show, and were frequently repetitive. Sometimes, they were even contradictory. While I liked Dragos, Mina was weak, and her character never felt solid. All in all, not the best.