Ah, sequels. We all (hopefully) want the sequels of the books we read to be better than the first. Today, I indeed have a book that fits this description.
Book Two of the “Red Winter Trilogy,” we follow Emi and the gang as they travel through Japan and an otherworldly realm as they try to find a way to stop an evil Kami from taking over the world… *dramatic pause* Will they succeed?
After finishing “Red Winter,” the book before this one, I went ahead and read this sequel. And, oh. my. gummi bears! It was SO GOOD.
While the first book was interesting and its own set of fascinating attributes, “Dark Tempest” brought it a level up by adding…well, more. There was more adventure, for one thing. The characters are on a quest, and because of this they must travel to all kinds of places. I love adventure-quest-things ( 😉 ), and this helped the story’s pace not to lag. Something was almost always happening, and sometimes I did not see things coming. #hurrahforunexpectedtwists
Another thing this sequel had more of than the first was mythical beings. Some of them were kind of strange (like a certain angry half spider-half woman), but whether cute, creepy, or conniving, they all added to the fantastical elements of the book’s world.
One more “more element” was that there were new characters introduced. I loved getting to meet most of them (some were a bit too mean to enjoy our brief acquaintance), and think the author did a good job of making them seem like real people when they are unfortunately fictional. #whyyy?
Dislikes are just that, like book one, there are some curse words.
In conclusion, I liked getting to go along with Emi, Shiro, Yumei, and the new characters as they journeyed through Japan and beyond to find a way to defeat their enemy. It had just enough humor, adventure, and romance to make it just my kind of tale. I give it a rating of four and a half.
Book Review Ratings:
5. Great Book!
4. I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish.