Book Reviews

Wraith Lords of Zeiglon (War of the Staffs, #2) by Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick

Wraith Lords of ZeiglonTitle: Wraith Lords of Zeiglon (War of the Staffs, #2)
Author: Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just say that this cover is bea-u-tiful!

Not very often do we find ourselves favorable of the second novel in a series. This, however, was not the case in the War of the Staffs series. Wraith Lords of Zeiglon brings us right back into the magical (literally) world of Muiria.

For my review of the prior novel in the series, please see here. We find ourselves, along with Tarquin (Parthian Prince turned Borderer) and Celedant (wizard), back on the path to finding the missing piece of the “Staff of Adaman”. Currently, vampiric warlock Taza has doomed the land of Muiria to the wrath of evil. 

Along their journey, they make new friends and also face gruesome monsters sent from all reaches of the world. Bringing together many races (humans, elves, dwarves, wizards, dragons, and more) of the world, they band together to bring the demise of Taza and all of the other evil forces (orcs, Shadow Lords, giants, etc.) prowling about Muiria. 

Ohhlala…love is in the air! And it is not how I predicted it…I don’t think. Just a dash of love spread across this battle-enticing novel, which makes it just the right amount for me (not too hot, not too cold).

One thing that may be difficult for readers who haven’t read the first novel in the series is keeping all of the characters straight and knowing their history. It was much clearer keeping who’s who in Wraith Lords of Zeiglon.

While reading Wraith Lords of Zeiglon, I couldn’t help compare it to Lord of the Rings. The “good” side always seems to be the humans, elves, dwarves, and a few races in between. While the “bad” always seem to be orcs and giants.Why can’t orcs and giants ever be good? But, I digress. The two stories seem very similar to me, however, this novel includes dragons (generally, always “good”) and vampires (typically “bad”…besides for Twilight pretty much). Who isn’t a fan of dragons, amirite (purposely spelled wrong)?!

As I said earlier, the second book in a series is generally the fluffer leading us to the final hoo-rah! That was not the case with this novel. We get action scene upon action scene in almost every chapter of the novel and I LOVED it! Give me some more! I am interested to seeing where the authors take us in the next novel. This one was very action-packed, so I hope the next is the same.

Will Tarquin continue to be the missing piece of the acquisition of the “Staff of Adaman”? Will Celedant be the key to helping Tarquin achieve the prophecy? Who will be lost in order to help the greater good? How much damage will this war cost? Will Taza ever be stopped?

Book Reviews

War of the Staffs (War of the Staffs, #1) by Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick

War of the StaffsTitle: War of the Staffs (War of the Staffs, #1)
Author: Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick
Rating: ★★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone out there love Lord of the Rings? If so, this is the book for you. Wizards, elves, dwarves, humans, orcs, dragons, and (a new twist)…vampires!

As legend goes, there existed siblings, one good and one evil. Adaman, the good god died at the hands of Adois, the evil goddess. Many years later, Adois sends a powerful, vampiric wizard, Taza, to bring evil upon a new planet. The only way to defeat Taza, along with the influence of Adois, is to assemble the two pieces of Ancient Staff of Adaman. Prophecy states that a young Prince may have the power to overthrow Taza and the grueling influence of Adois.

 

So, I feel like the easiest way for me to review this novel is to compare it to Lord of the Rings when describing the protagonists:

  • TarquinHe is our youngest little prince of Partha who happens to be our focal point of the prophecy. Raised to be an Elven diplomat since birth, Tarquin disappoints his father when deciding to join the armed forces of the Borderers, which happens to consist mainly of dwarves. As our prince climbs up the ranks, he is then tasked with leading a unit into the Underground to recover a Dwarven city, Brackas, lost to the evil while assisting Celedant uncover ones of the missing pieces of Adaman’s staff. To me, he will one day be like my beloved Aragorn.
  • CeledantComparable to Gandalf, he is there when you need him and has the potential to do more harm, but stands by as the others perform the greater deeds. Finding it his duty to restore the balance between good and evil, he is tasked with reuniting the two parts of the Staff of Adaman. One thing that surpasses Gandalf is his relationship with his dragon!
  • MorgannaIllanni rebel, her father put a warrant out for her head after she showed her disgust with her family being turned into vampires. Approached by her long-time friend, Kalsti, she decides to help the rebels free the human slaves. Barely surviving a critical injury, Dolgar, the god of the dwarves and healer, saves Morganna and provides her with the power to heal. With her new power, she heals Tarquin after a deadly blow when the two first meet. 
  • TazaThe War of the Staffs version of Saruman…except for a vampire. With his ultimate goal being of working for Adois (through her staff) to bring evil upon Muiria, he has turned all of the dark elves into vampires to do his bidding. 

 

Let me just say, there has to be another book! I need to know how Celedant and the others recover the last piece of the Staff of Adaman! Please, please, bring some more dragon action! And, while there wasn’t any romance in this novel (what a relief!), I’m feeling some sexual tension between Tarquin and Morganna (didn’t see that coming since the beginning of the novel…not!). Besides for a few grammatical errors and the beginning being confusing with keeping the characters straight, this was a great read that was even-paced, exhilarating, and sucked you into the story.

The expected publication date is July 16, 2018.