Review: Inherited Danger

Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power #2) by Brian Rathbone

I give this book a 3.

Okay

This book picks up just after the end of the first book…because it had too. Needless to say, I didn’t like the way the first book ended, but since it rolled over so evenly into the second one, I was more open-minded to continue reading the story. (I bounced back and forth between listening and reading on my Kindle.)

In this follow-up to the Call of the Herald, Catrin goes on a “Lord of the Rings” type journey in search of…I think, the understanding of her power. The style of this story seemed a bit different from the first book, but after I got used to it, it wasn’t too bad. My major complaint is that not a lot happens for a long time and then everything seemed to happen all at once.

It was nice to learn more about Catrin’s background and that of her friends, even though, outside of Benjin (can’t remember how this is spelled), the others characters seem to do very little. There are tons of new characters introduced and some of them are even still alive at the end of the book, and who knows they may appear in the next story.

The understanding of the role of Herald isn’t clarified explicitly, but I think this is a good thing. It gives the reader room to decide if the Herald is a vessel for good or evil before seeing how things will play out in the story. At this point, it could still go either way for Catrin, especially since she can’t seem to decide if she’s a strong feisty fighter or a meek lost child. Sometimes she takes hold of the situation and uses her powers boldly and other times, she makes me think of a young wizard hold out his wand with his eyes closed hoping that he’s doing something right. I want Catrin to be a stronger woman than acts like sometimes.

Also, some of the relationships in this book are too quick or underdeveloped. Catrin meets her grandmother and a few passages later, we’re on to something else.

After saying all this, I want to be clear that I did enjoy this story, just not as much as I did the first one. I’ll eventually continue the series and would recommend it to fans of epic fantasy.

See my review of The Call of the Herald here.

This review has been posted to GoodReads. If you’d like to obtain a copy of this book, try this link.

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Character Files from the ToiBox 104: Paul-Quote(s)

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Favorite Quotes: Subject FM 4-Paul

“I stopped drinking like a fish once I became old enough to do it legally and now I only drink socially, but I got pretty pissed in my time.”

“You know what they say about women, especially American women. You just can’t understand them.”

“This is a sad, hard, and confusing time. Don’t worry about any of it making sense; just do what you have to do to get through it.”

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Character Files from the ToiBox 103: Theodore aka Teddy -Quote(s)

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Favorite Quotes: Subject FM 3-Teddy

“I’m a great brother I know. I can make you laugh, cheer you up, and even take care of you when you’re sick, but advice is not my thing…”

“Come on man, don’t leave me alone with all these chicks.”

“Me and nice girls don’t really get along. They’re too uptight and the not so nice girls are too much trouble, so I prefer to remain a free agent. I go from contract to contract, if you know what I mean.”

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Sample Sunday 88: FULL MOON

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Here is approximately 100 – 150 words from a randomly selected original piece for your enjoyment. These samples can include excerpts from my all my WIPs and my Eternal Curse Series, but only as works in progress (not the final products). These samples of published and unpublished works are protected under the U.S. Copyright agreement.

It’s Like the Full Moon- chapter 8.0 (wip)

Lisa stood under the porch light and sipped on a cup of coffee as she stared out in the street watching the wind blow the leaves in a whirlwind. It was cold out, but Lisa couldn’t bear to go back inside just yet. She turned and looked through the window at the crowd of people hovering over Rebecca and her mother trying to convey a sense of understanding and sympathy. Teddy had run off somewhere to get drunk, a skill he’d never really mastered. Paul watched over Teddy as he forced grain alcohol down his throat until he could no longer hold the bottle.

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Character Files from the ToiBox 102: Lisa-Quote(s)

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Favorite Quotes: Subject FM 2-Lisa

“Oh girl your view is phenomenal, but I gotta go. Please don’t stay in bed all day. I’ll call you around lunch time. K, bye.”

“Oh, yes help. Don’t just stand there and gawk at me without make up on like I’m a freak or something.”

“If you didn’t already know how much your father loved you, wouldn’t you do all you could to make him proud of you so he would?”

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