The Faelti: The Aronia Series Book Two
I had the pleasure of reading the first book in the Aronia series. I remember enjoying the book very much and even looking forward to this Book II, so I was delightfully inclined to sit down for a good read and post a review on the second installment. I had to go back and take another look at the first book before moving on since it’s been nearly two years since I’ve heard anything on this story.
That being said, I did enjoy this second book as much—if not more—than I enjoyed the first book. Abigail Crumble returns along with her curse and her desire to break it. She doesn’t get much closer to achieving her goal as she is locked in a prison and separated from her friends, but this second book gives us a good look at new characters, further character development, and a deeper dive into what seems like a genuine romance.
In my review of the first book in this series, I complained that it was too wordy and had a lot of unnecessary description. I didn’t see that here which was definitely a plus. While I felt the first chapter dragged a little, I was engrossed in Pudsey’s beautiful world and in the lives of its inhabitants as I read. I am very glad to have given this series a chance. The plot itself is one I feel I have seen before, but I mean that in a positive way. The first book felt like a fairy tale YA romance gone wrong while the second book gets a little darker, a little deeper, a little stronger. The writing is better, the characters are a bit more mature, and I feel like the overall plot has thickened. Things are getting serious. I can only imagine what Pudsey will bring us in Book III.
I recommend this to readers of all ages. Those who enjoy fantasy, romance, and even dark fiction will want to give this a try.