So I have to say I have been kinda MIA as of late. Ironically enough I was working on a post about time management and an update about me but well…I couldn’t do much of anything until I finished this book. So it looks like you will get that another time. Right now…my review of the ARC of KrystalWade’s Wilde’s Army curtsey of NetGalley.com and Curiosity Quills Press.
I was so excited when I got my approval to read the ARC of this book I made a slightly embarrassing squeal in the break room of my job. First thing I did when I got home the other day was download the book to my beloved kindle. I pretty much read it last night until my eyes hurt and begged for a rest from reading and today. Yep I finished it! Yay!
Now for those of you who don’t know this amazing book is the sequel to Wilde’s Fire (click to go to my review) so there will be spoilers in this one pertaining to book 1. So be warned. First, look at that cover. So pretty, I still prefer the blue of the first one but this one really captures the essence of what they are.
In Wilde’s Army, Kate finds her love, her family and everyone else she has grown to love gone. All but one, Perth the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. She must listen to the god’s guiding her and form a tentative partnership with this man everyone has warned her about. Finding and rescuing the ones she love is only half the battle they still must make it to Willow Falls and face a different kind of danger. Danger of their own kind because they take seriously the promise that was made, Kate to marry Perth, and her love for another could cost many their lives. Oh and if that isn’t enough of a problem she has to unite the people who have hated one another for far too long and form an army willing to fight for her. Yep she has a lot to face, and when everything appears stacked against her she must find out if she is still the same girl, the Light, the girl with fire.
Well now there is a lot of stuff happening in this book and it just flies right by. No dragging. Full of action or conflict or just good stuff. There is the return of our romance, sigh. Arland is so dreamy. We also get to learn more about Perth which I really enjoyed. I got glimpses of him in the first book that made me think there was more to him than what the other characters said and I am pleased with that. It was very interesting how he is portrayed. Not really bad but struggling to be good in his own way.
The world of Encardia is ever growing. We learn more about the world as a whole. The daemons and Darkness that lurk around every corner. The whole world is explained a little more. I got to understand more about the history of the world and how things were ran. A look behind the curtain so to speak. In book 1 we hear about some characters and Leaders and such but you don’t really get how they work but in this you are in the thick of it and the politics of even a dying world. This plays well with Kate and her growth. She has to face horrors at pretty much every turn but she has to grow as an individual. She grew in the first book by accepting who she is and what she can do as well as love. That continues in this book, she is more confident. She understands herself better, her power, and what she must do. She struggles throughout wondering what she should do and if what she wants to do is what is right and that to me makes it great. Yes she is growing more powerful in her understanding but she also has her moments, she can’t save everyone all the time. She is powerful but she is not completely all powerful. She can be hurt.
The struggles each character goes through… is tough. Knowing your prophecy doesn’t mean you know much of anything really. Those who know things are not always willing or able to share them. Then again some don’t know their purpose and that can be even more frustrating. Her mother has kept things from her all her life and still doesn’t tell her everything. Everyone always seems to know more about her life than she does at times and that frustrates her to no end and I can relate to that. Trust is hard to give. It’s even harder to rebuild. What do you do when someone you trust tells you one thing but your gut says another?
This book is full of magic. If you liked the first book even half as much as I did then you will love this book. Again my only complaint is that I have to wait for more. Yes, I am greedy like that. Though I must admit this is the shortest time I’ve ever waited for a sequel, I just hope I that does not mean I have to wait even longer for the 3rd book. So there you have it folks, 5 starts according to me. Wilde’s Army comes out July 4th.