Title: Kalifus Rising
Author: Alane Adams
Date published: September 6th,2016
Page Count: 400 pages
Genre: Middle Grade,Fantasy
Where I got the copy: Got a copy of the book from the author (Thank you for the copy)
Series: Legends of Orkney Book 2
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 stars)
Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun—but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches’ enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon, and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae.
Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keely travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies.
As Sam’s friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney’s shadows—forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.
**I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.This doesn’t effect my opinion on the book**
The actual story starts right in the thick of action,involving Sam of course.But before that,you get another interesting piece of writing to read about!One happening in the Ancient times at the Volgrim Fortress!Doesn’t that sound interesting?A flashback?Plus these books have maps too!Who doesn’t like books with maps in them!Let’s get into the book talk!
Kalifus Rising,the name, actually made the whole thing a lot more interesting!Before talking more about the cover,let me say this-Kalifus Rising is probably the most photogenic book on my shelf,like if you have got the book,just look at that detailing!And it totally suits with the story!And yes,the title too fits well!Like they are the best title that could have been for the story!
I really don’t have much to talk about the author’s writing apart from what I wrote in the first book!Like it’s simple,uncomplicated ,perfect for a Middle Grade book!
The plot is really fun and enjoyable,and still makes me wonder how twelve-year-old kids do all the stuff,stuff ,as in world saving . The chapters shuffle between each of the characters,they being on their own quests or being locked up.As the story progresses,the plot starts getting more intense,with adrenaline surge,who lives,who dies,who remains good,who becomes evil.And the powers,some of them are super cool,like the heeling power,and others are as deadly,and these powers,they shape the whole plot of the book.
Almost all the old characters remain,Sam, Keely,Leo, Howie. The other side characters, Mavery, Terrin, Rego and the others.The witches of course! And that one powerful character that joins the battle!That was a really good part!Not to talk about the mysterious character whom Leo frees!Okay,not so mysterious character,we all know at the ending of the book who it is,lol.Makes me super excited for the third book in the series,whose name,if I remember right is The Raven God.Lot of significance the name has!
Fans of mythology, especially Norse mythology,and Middle Grade books,this series is perfect for you.
Link to The Red Sun(Legends of Orkney #1 )review : https://liveinthepagesofbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/reviewthe-red-sun-by-alane-adams/
About the Author:
“Dear Readers: I wrote the Legends of Orkney series for my twelve-year-old son who challenged me to write something he would enjoy reading. The Red Sun is filled with exciting characters who struggle to find their true path. Sam learns so much about his past and how to overcome his anger, but will he continue to use his power for good or will he be drawn to the dark side? I hope you enjoy reading the Legends of Orkney series as much as I enjoyed writing them for you. The picture book series are dedicated to my father, the original Coal Thief! Keep reading!” – Alane Adams
Alane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. Adams attended Whittier High School and was active in every possible sport including basketball (proudly claiming the nickname Breakaway Adams!) and swimming and diving. For college, Alane attended the University of Southern California where she wanted to be an English major, but family convinced her to become an accountant to help run a family business. After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career. Before launching into writing full-time, Alane began teaching full-time at a local university. Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12-year-old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read. She hasn’t stopped writing since that day.
Alane’s favorite books include any story involving folklore, fantasy and fairy tales. When Alane is not writing or teaching, she is hanging out with her three boys, each who have grown up having adventures to rival those of her characters.
And yes,though I did say this in the earlier review,before I conclude I really want to thank the author, Alane Adams,for both the books!Like seriously thank you so so much for them.
See you in the next post!