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Seed of Scorn (Book II)
5.0 out of 5 stars This just keeps getting better and better
By Michael the Elder on September 10, 2016
Okay, first, I have to say this. I ordered and read the book when it was first released, but then life got in the way and I didn’t have time to write the review this great story deserves. So, now, I read the book the second time (and it was still so much fun and still so many surprises!) but one of the big surprises is finding out the author, Aaron Michael Hall, is … NOT A GUY! She’s a BABE! At least, if that really is her picture. No, it doesn’t matter as far as the book. Just another big surprise!
Now, to the book. The characters from the first book, The Rise of Nazil, are back and dealing with the complexities of the changes in Faelondul that they helped to bring about. The characters all evolve in surprising and complex ways as they work through the earlier trials and face new ones. New characters, some briefly mentioned in Book One, emerge and play significant roles. One thing I really liked about the character development is that it is very real and very complex — the developments include changes and adjustments in personal and family relationships as well as changes related to the political status and responsibilities of those involved. And these developments are interwoven in a very consistent and believable structure. Mr. (oops, Ms.!) Hall is a very clear-eyed student of human nature.
The plot! Wow! I thought Book One was unpredictable. Betrayals, treachery, demonic possessions, misunderstandings … of course! But there is also tenderness, humility, courage, duty … and love. The plot is remarkable not just for the surprises, but for how it subtly demonstrates the human strengths and weaknesses of the characters. The plot also starts to draw back the curtain on the history of Faelondul, the Guardians and Protectors, and the peoples of the lands. It’s fascinating.
That’s all I’m going to write. It would be too easy to start giving out spoilers, and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that to you! Just read the book! It’s a great sequel to a very strong first fantasy novel, and still promises more excitement to come. Don’t miss it!
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 5 stars!
By Carolee on July 13, 2016
This is it! When I read book one, I never thought a fantasy story could get better than that. I will not give away anything, but I must say that I love Seed of Scorn much better than The Rise of Nazil. It’s as if the writer found a rhythm and flow and the music just got better. I don’t know how else to put it. The prose was better, the characters were more relatable and the story…well…lest just say…was un-put-downanable!
It’s summer, grab a beach blanket, a tall glass of lemonade or something stronger if you like and get ready, because Faelondul awaits (I hope I spelled it right)!
This one IS better than the first
5.0 out of 5 stars
By AEsqueda on May 24, 2016
Seed of Scorn is the second book in the Rise of the Nazil series. This adult sci-fi author is one of my favorites, as the imagery written is incredible. Faelondul is a believable world with characters that I find myself wanting to know. I never fail to be blown away by the intricacy of the worlds created and the depth of the story. This one IS better than the first, and I am absolutely in love with this series! I loved that there was a little bit of everything in this… what story isn’t complete without love? The writing is nothing short of blissful, intriguing, intricate and downright AWESOME and I cannot wait…. and I mean it… I cannot wait to read the third one!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspired Sequel!
By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2016
I love this series! The characters are ones you can sink your heart into, the world is exquisitely built, and the story is timeless. Aaron-Michael Hall knocks it out of the park again!
5.0 out of 5 stars George RR Martin meets RA Salvatore!
By Stuart Browne on April 28, 2016
This is a great series. I’ve read two books by this author and can’t wait for the third. Bloody brilliant!
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review
Love this series!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 2nd book I’ve read by this author and I’m amazed.
By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2016
Why aren’t more people talking about this series? This is the 2nd book I’ve read by this author and I’m amazed. Only in the best of epic fantasy is this much detail and density put into not only the world building but also the characters. The amount of realism, emotion, and action is surreal. After reading the 1st book I was astounded and not so patiently waiting for more. Once my pre-order downloaded, I finished it in 2 days. I read it a 2nd time.
This is a new way of writing fantasy. It’s not filled with elves and orcs. Nothing against them. It’s fascinating to read about humans and humanity even in fantasy. I cried so hard on some parts and was mad as hell in others. The tug of emotion is constant and the plot constantly shifts. You never know who to trust or what will happen next. It all works together in the most fantastic way.
The only negative comment I could make is the cliffhanger. I know it’s typical with the 2nd book in a trilogy, but I was hoping this wouldn’t be one of them.
Remarkable work. Action is great but having strong multidimensional characters is key. This he has in abundance. I hope the 3rd book will come soon. I can’t wait to read how this ends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
By Meghan on February 17, 2016
If you loved The Rise of Nazil, the sequel will grab you by the collar and smash you against the ceiling of what you previously thought were the limits with epic fantasies. Because indeed, Seed of Scorn is a mind-blowing, sensual, and deeply addictive literary treat—it would be like Tolkien’s Return of the King, that is, if Return of the King actually had guts.
Just when you thought the white city is safe and stable and run by incorruptible, decent men, darkness finds its way into the hearts of those who easily succumb to their moments of weakness. What’s unforgettable about this book is how it manages to surprise you—when I say that the turn of events is “insane,” I’m not kidding. And I mean that in the best way possible—it’s the kind of “crazy” you will enjoy reading, from the first page to the last.
As I don’t want to spill out spoilers like what I unwittingly did in the previous book, let me just suffice this to say that if you’re a fan of edgy epic fantasies, read Seed of Scorn. No, read the preview, ask around, hit the relevant forums, but let me assure you: you will not be disappointed. You’ll end up talking about this book long after you’ve read and understood the implications of the last page.
Five stars from me.
5.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better and better!
By Mainer on January 28, 2016
Seed of Scorn is the second book in the series that began with Rise of the Nazil and this series just keeps getting better and better. Pentanimir is now the Zaxon, the leader of the Nazil and is facing many challenges. Brahanu is his wife even though she is not of Nazil. Factions of the population are still causing unrest, unable to accept his rule.
His brother, Danimore, has his own issues. Nikolina, the woman that he scorned in favor of the former slave, Zeta, takes her revenge on the couple. In doing so, she unleashes an other-worldly peril that might impact the entire world. Some new characters are introduced and their stories only add to the complex world that Hall has created. Ahvixx and Sahma are a young couple that become involved in the politics of the capital city.
The story has become more complex, yet the pace never falters and it draws you even further into this detailed and interesting world. New evil in the form of Lilinth appears to threaten the fragile peace of the land. The Guardians face new challenges and depend on the sons of Pentanimir and Brahanu.
I can’t wait for the next book as this unique series continues to surprise and entertain me. I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.