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Alana has been captured. She expected an agonizing death to follow, but instead, she now finds herself a guest of the Tsar. Locked away amidst the wealth and luxury, it isn’t long before she learns the reason she was spared - her entire life has been a lie. Her true identity lurks within, chained by magic, but with promises of untold power. It terrifies her, and yet...she must know the truth.

Meanwhile, ex-soldier Devon plans a fresh rebellion in Trola. But after carving his legend in the blood of their people, he’s a marked man. He’ll have to watch his step if he’s to successfully negotiate the shifting tides of the Trolan cause - and not end up dead in the process. Either way, failure is not an option, because without an uprising, Alana will be lost to him forever....

Grab this all new epic fantasy by New York Times best-selling author Aaron Hodges.

©2018 Aaron Hodges (P)2018 Aaron Hodges

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Surprise! The truth is hard to swallow!

This is the second book of the Legend of the Gods series. Alana gets captured and suspects that she does not have long to live. Then everything changes for her. She begins to learn who she really is and the reality is hard to accept. Then the story starts back on Devon, who wants to rebel against the whole kingdom to find and rescue Alana. Devon goes thru a series of fighting battles and should really be dead by now. The only problem with this story is that no matter how many come to kill Devon, he always suceeds to win the fight or barely get by. I did really enjoy listening to the story. I received this Audio book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Al
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  • 11-21-18

An excellent middle book in a trilogy

**AUDIOBOOK AND MINOR SPOILER WARNING**

I was only commenting recently on how tough it can be the middle book in a trilogy. THIS is the middle book in a trilogy (Legend of the Gods), and the author pretty much nails it.

Alana has been taken by Quinn to the Tsar's palace, much to her surprise, and there are more surprises to come as she finds out she is so much more than some brave woman rescuing her brother from the fate of other magickers. Devon and Killian head to Trola to find allies. Maybe not his finest idea, as he is known as the hero of Trola after leading the slaughter of thousands of Trolans years before, but he has found allies are in short supply at home.

So far, so standard as far as plotting goes, but in the author's usual fashion, the characters are far more interesting than meets the eye. Devon murdered thousands of men, women and children in the battle of Trola, and has vowed since to change his ways. His friend Killian had a good life, but gave it all up out of loyalty to his friend. Alana and Braden are on the run from the Tsar, but were never sure why - they find out in shocking fashion. Anala finds out she's not the only hero from The Sword of Light trilogy still alive (she is also unaware she is a character in a trilogy).

The author has this writing lark down. He writes enjoyable, pacy adventures with interesting characters and epic plots, and is accessible to both (older) teens and adults. He throws in a lot of gallows humour, and his heroes don't always get their way. The narrator, who I believe also narrated The Sword of Light trilogy as well as Oathbreaker (I could look it up, but I'm too lazy), does a great job in making distinguishable characters and keeping the story ticking along.

Here's the thing though - I think this series could have ended here. I can see the scope for continuation, but I'm mildly concerned it might drop the ball trying to string out the plot. The author, no doubt, will prove me wrong, and I look forward to the end of the trilogy.

A solid 4.5/5 stars.

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A fantastic read!

A brilliant sequel! Loved every moment of it.

Action, adventure and the twists will keep you hooked and invested in this story from beginning to end.

Very interesting and exciting.

Perfect for readers of epic fantasy.

The narration was well narrated. Very enjoyable.

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Good book

Great book full of adventure and enough twists to keep you interested in the end.

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great read

had my heart beat every second waiting for more. can not wait for the next book.

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  • KD
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  • 12-27-18

Started with the second book but wasn't lost

i'll admit it, i read the series out of publication order. I started on the second one. But the author did a good job at getting me caught up, this might be annoying for people who jumped straight from the first book as it might seem redundant but for it was perfect.

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Love it!

I loved the first book so when I saw this I thought I have to get my hands on it and it did not disappoint.
We see the story through multiple POV's but I liked this since we get to see what is happening with the other characters. They do meet up towards the end but not like you would expect.
I found this book to be a lot faster paced then book one and the author I believe did the suspense really well. It starts off slow but it gradually builds up, a bit like a snow ball at the top of a hill. It is small to begin with but as it goes down the hill it builds up in speed and size. This book is the same. The author had me glued to my head phones and my heart beating really fast in anticipation.
I can not wait for the third book.
Due to situations the characters find themselves in (which is a bit of a surprise because I was not expecting it) this is more for an older audience.

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Good Fantasy Magic Book

I need to start off by saying I did not read the first book so keep that in mind with my review. I did find this book a bit confusing throughout it. There were some names of a couple of the characters that were close enough that it made the bouncing between their inner stories a bit confusing. Had I read the first book and I might not have had the trouble I had following the story. There was a lot of action, adventure, and twists and turns in this story that it will keep you on your toes and actively listening. I would say that this is definitely a series that you probably need to read the first book, it's not a stand-alone book. The narrator did a great job with the voices and overall narration, I really enjoyed listening to him.

For the parents out there screening content for their kids there are some sex scenes, mild language and violence although the violence is not overly descriptive. I would say this is more of a young adult read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great read, great series!

My third read/listen from author Aaron Hodges picks up where the first book in the series left off. Attention-grabbing and enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. Aaron Hodges has moved up on my TBR list and since I own 8 books by him that won't be a problem. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Life’s not what they thought

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would like to listen to more. This book has its own story thread, so having not listened to the first in the series was not a issue. It does end with a lead into the next book, but not a cliffhanger.

Alana is captured by the Tsar’s men. Expecting captivity, she’s treated well and learns all she remembers of her life before becoming a rebel is a manifestation of magic.
Her brother is still with the rebels and she is concerned for his safety. People with the ability to do magic are disappearing without a trace. An uprising is at hand. Devon, an ex-Soldier wants to get Alana back, but he doesn’t realize what he’s headed into.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( David Stifel ). He gives each character a distinct voice and expression.

There is a background noise in the audio that is noticeable in moments of pause in the narration. It’s not too loud, but it is there.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. Rated V on Audiobook Boom.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.