I was going to dive right into Graven Idols, read the first page, then realised I didn t have a clue what happened in the first book any So I went back to Raining Embers and skimmed through it to figure out what was going on Graven Idols takes off right after the end of Raining Embers, with Brier and Palmer holed up in the Augarian palace along with Nico and Rosette Tensions are high it s a war zone, supplies are low, the army is in charge especially between that strange triangle of Brier, Palmer and Nico Nico and Brier are struggling through the remnants of their estranged engagement Nico and Palmer relate best when they don t see each other and Brier and Palmer are trying process what they ve been through for that past year and what it means to them even whilst struggling through the fact that as Brier s mental condition deteriorates, Palmer s powers grow increasingly erratic and neither of them know why.There s a lot to take in, with multiple threads running through the story, making nothing as simple or as innocent as it seems Dall gives you a running start, dazzles you with all the things that are happening and then peaks, before dropping you into a strange in between, where it feels like everything has slowed down Maybe it s ending, you ve climaxed, so the denouement is next, yes Only there s another 20% left to the book this is the part that lost it a bit for me It felt a little too slow, like I know something is coming up, but it s taking too long And when the final end came, it felt a little flat Tense, but not gripping enough sweet, but not satisfying enough Maybe it peaked too early Comparison Tolkien does this in Return of the King He reaches an end, and then meanders on, tying up loose ends to come to a final conclusion that hits home Then again, that s the end of a trilogy This isn t There s something to come I hope so it felt a little draggy What I m especially curious about though is Rosette It seems like there are many gods blossoming up all over the place, each tied to an ancient god or order, but no one seems to know exactly who or what Rosette is yet Maybe in the third book Overall, I enjoyed Graven Idols Note I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 5 Graven Idols by Jessica Dall is a sci fi and fantasy and general fiction adult read Once Palmer Tash and Brier Chastain found out they were the incarnations of Order and Chaos, their lives were turned upside down Living in a battle scarred area, they begin to feel that their blessings are like curses Reports of cults taking over the countryside begin to filter into their starving city But Brier is slowly losing her mind, and Palmer s abilities are becoming increasingly erratic The pair must work together to maintain harmony, or their out of balance powers could destroy the world.This was a fantastic read with brilliant characters Brier was my favourite character I loved how they stuck together Highly recommended 5 I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley. Once Palmer Tash And Brier Chastain Found Out They Were The Incarnations Of Order And Chaos, Their Lives Were Turned Upside Down Living In A Battle Scarred Area, They Begin To Feel That Their Blessings Are Like CursesReports Of Cults Taking Over The Countryside Begin To Filter Into Their Starving City But Brier Is Slowly Losing Her Mind, And Palmer S Abilities Are Becoming Increasingly Erratic The Pair Must Work Together To Maintain Harmony, Or Their Out Of Balance Powers Could Destroy The World
Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since She is the author of such novels as Raining Embers and Off Book, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies When not writing, she works as a editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.
- 280 pages
- Graven Idols (Order and Chaos, #2)
- Jessica Dall
- 16 September 2017 Jessica Dall