Forget everything you thought you knew about maidens and unicorns... A mysterious force has separated Kayleigh Reese and her battle unicorn Majherri, who now find themselves on opposite sides of a war, each fighting to survive without the other.
For Majherri, the unicorn is now controlled by his deranged first rider, and must find a way to free her mind in the hopes of bringing the woman back to the light. Majherri is forced to pick and choose his battles, both physical and mental, if he is to succeed. Along the way, he will have to become stronger than he has ever been to prevent the madness that threatens to consume him.
Meanwhile, Kayleigh, the young sorceress, struggles with an uneasy relationship with her new unicorn. Finding their missing comrades and escaping the ever-expanding warzone are her goals, but forces are already aligning against her. Secrets from her past come to light and force her to reexamine everything she knew about her life.
Fighting for her life, she must master her powers and be willing to fight for her freedom against her enemies and even those she once trusted.
©2014 Jim Bernheimer (P)2014 Gryphonwood Press
"War erupts across the land, testing young Kayleigh's emerging skills and veteran Majherri's loyalties as each struggles not only to survive, but to triumph over the spreading evil. Don't miss the second installment in Bernhemier's action-packed Spirals of Destiny!" (Terry W. Ervin II, author of Relic Tech)
as I said in my review of the last book when I first had this recommended to me I picked it up in trepidation. Normally I am not a fantasy reader, however this book did not disappoint. I enjoyed it even better than the first book in the series. In this book we continue the story although I would say it is two stories woven into one. On one side we have majheri the unicorn Who has just been reunited with his first rider denella who was not dead. You have Kaylee Reese who was separated from him at the end of the first book. Majheri is trying to bring his first rider back to the light. Kaylee is working on training her powers and also finding out who she really is. She has also bonded with a former friends unicorn however due to the hostility between her and former ride and her new one the bond is not going well. They are both starting on either side of the wall who will come out victorious? You will have to read this book to find out. And this to all fantasied readers, I would also recommend it to anyone who likes a good cliffhanger ending as this is what this book gives you. The only reason I gave the performance a four star rating was because I preferred the narrator of the first book than this one. Cannot wait for the next book in the series. Hope it will be out soon.
"Change in Narrator"
Narrator changed the way the Unicorns name was pronounced. it is distracting and I could not get though the first chapter. May try again later as I liked the first book.
The narrator comes close to making this book intolerable. Her voice lacks any range of emotion. Every sentence seems frenzied and without release. She speaks too fast and with a strange syncopation at times. Character voices sound whiny no matter what they are saying and she does not have a credible male character voice. Truly an unfortunate read of an otherwise enjoyable book.
This book is the second... Of how many? I don't know. Cause there is no info anywhere on a sequel. But there's no way this is the end. But I am not reading anymore. The story needed a better editor and the narrator is not the best. But then the story isn't that great either. Don't waste your few credits on this book.
I like other series by this author. At least, I used to like them. This one forces me to reconsider all of his work. The only possible explanation I could think of to justify this colossal waste of time and money is that, perhaps, he wrote this when he was very young (maybe, 10 years old?)...and drunk...and while being depressed...suffering from the worst type of diarrhea...locked in a mental facility, together with his abusive parents... Yeah, that's the only (or nearly so) situation I could think of that would potentially make me consider forgiving the author for violating my brain with this garbage.
The general idea is interesting.
If you are interested in the following, this book is for you:
- worst dialogs I ever encountered
- uneven pace of the story (well, sometimes it worjs, but this isn't the case)
- dull characters capable of infuriating the reader with their one-dimensional points of view and non-existent development
- poorly thought through...well, pretty much, everything.
Overall, if you could read a bad B-Movie, the experience would be a more pleasurable one.
"I want more books with a different narrator."
This book was even better than the first book and now I'm pulling my hair out because I want to listen to more (only with a better narrator). Unfortunately there isn't another book available yet. JB's website states that there should be another book out in 2016, cross your fingers. I'm dying to know what happens next. I was a little confused at first since it had been such a long time since I read the first book, but I quickly caught back on. In this book we again get a dual POV from both Kayleigh's and Majherri's and their struggles against evil. Many secrets are revealed and changes to the heroine's life, often with both good and bad consequences. More questions are raised and my anticipation for the next book is equally gained with the second book as with the first. I was not a fan of the narrator, she read the story way too fast and had a bit of whinny voice.
"Want book 3"
I know this was the second installment but I enjoyed both the first and second installment I would really like to see number 3 online it says it comes out in 2015 but I can't find it anywhere
"Who Left Me Hanging?"
I gave the first book a solid 4 stars for an entertaining fantasy story that held my attention throughout. A good, enjoyable fantasy, worth my time and the credit. I happily invested in the sequel, which was almost as good as the first book. The narrator didn't add to the story but he didn't detract - 4 stars.
Now the BUTS: this is the last series book available. Audible's publish date is something like 5 years ago. You'd figure it was a 2 book "series", right? WRONG!
I'm happily getting to the end of the book, it sounds like the author is going to wind up the story, BUT NOOO! Literally in the last "pages", I get hit over the head with one of those WHAT??? cliffhangers leaving the question I can't get answered unless I track down a print version. I doubt Audible will bring it out in the next year, over 5 years after the first two were published. So:
4 stars for the general storyline and writing;
4 stars for the narrator; BUT......
3 stars overall....should really be 2..for whoever left me hanging.
The author? he wrote it that way, or Audible? if they're just dropping it after I paid my credit for a sequel and they're just never bringing it out.
Should I ask for my credits back when I enjoyed it but feel cheated paying to be left hanging ? Maybe just for book 2?
"Much better narrator for Bk2"
We can only hope Jim B can secure this narrator for his next book in the series, especially if he can get her to slow down just a fraction. The writing was better in this book also, which you always hope for in a series as the author gets to know the characters better. It's an inventive departure from most fantasy series, it's a nice change of pace- looking forward to book 3.
Another good book in this series. At times the perspective of Daniella is annoying it was definitely a good read and answered lots of questions about the heritage of our heroine .
Be prepared for the cliffhanger ending though.
"Just finished and WOW!"
Maybe. Don't know. Have only read it in audible
Favorite new character is Ashlyn Thomas. Favorite older characters are either Kayleigh or Majherri. Love them. Ashlynn is so bizarre she brings some lighter moments to what was a book with some really dark patches. Nasty villains can be so annoying!!
1st time with this reader and I liked her a lot better than the one for the first book. The other was such a dead pan read, that it drove me nuts. It was jolting to go from the 1st narrator to the 2nd, but I was happier with the overall outcome.
I surely wanted to. I couldn't but it wasn't for lack of trying.
I really loved the 2nd book. I'd waited so long for it that I was worried I'd be disappointed. Some series fall apart or have no character development. Things ought to grow and change. This one excelled in that. It was great. Even the very last sentence fulfilled things I wanted to have happen. Much more bearable ending than the last one. Introduction of a love interest and startling changes for many different characters. I love the unicorns. I love Kayleigh's abilities with them and I love discovering her abilities right along with her. Awesome story line with so much room for more story. The only bad thing about finishing is having to wait for the next book. Please Mr. Bernheimer, don't make us wait so long for the next one. This is a great series. Don't stop and if possible continue to keep it pretty clean. LOVE that. It is adult themed, but not objectionable. Awesome!! I only gave it 4 stars because I HATE torture. Although those scenes are short and not too graphic. I guess villains have to be villains.
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