Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: Unity (Illirin series #2) by Laura Maisano

ISBN: 9781771278010
Published: April 28th, 2016
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Read from April 10th to 18th, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The fires in Illirin have died down, and the survivors are suffering under
Emperor Nor’s tyranny. Unfortunately, Illirin isn’t the only world in danger of
oppression. Nor’s pet wizard, Matt, has issued an insane ultimatum to Earth’s
world leaders. Now Gabe and Lea are running out of time. Again.
For the past three months, Gabe has taken refuge on Earth with Lea. He’s
broken and grieving, but he’s got to pull himself together to save those he left
behind. Meanwhile, Lea prays Merlin’s prophecy of becoming powerful will come
true. She’s busted her butt practicing her newfound magic. Too bad for her, she
still sucks at it. Matt has had a lifetime to master his gift, and she’s fated to face
him? Merlin must’ve made a mistake.
Together, Gabe and Lea go to Illirin hoping to locate help, but the Winged
survivors won’t aid Gabe, who they hold responsible for their losses. While short
on friends and adding new enemies, Gabe and Lea must find a way to defeat Nor
and stop Matt’s plan. Failure could mean being torn apart, the Winged hunted to
extinction, and Earth at the mercy of a wizard bent on domination. 


Because I want to avoid any big spoilers for the first book, I'm going to try to avoid discussing the events of Unity in detail in this review. However, I do want to say that I loved how familiar this book felt when I picked it up. It had been a year or so since I read the first book, and at first, I was worried that I would be confused going into book two. Not only did everything from book one come back to me easily, there was a familiarity to the world that you just couldn't get from the first book, since it was your introduction to the world, and that was a pleasant surprise. It was a nice aspect of the book that definitely added to my enjoyment as I read.

Because I'm so used to series being trilogies or longer, I wasn't expecting the sequel to so strongly wrap everything up and conclude the story. That was a nice surprise, and another one that I greatly enjoyed. It was nice to read a story that, even though it expanded two books, was rather short in comparison to many series. I feel like the characters achieved what they needed, and I almost wish I was okay with adding spoilers to this review just so I could talk more about the ending.

As I said in my review for the first book, there are some elements of this series that I almost remind me of science fiction even though the series is fantasy. It adds a very unique flavor to the story that I quite like, and I think it might broaden the appeal of the story to some who aren't always up for fantasy.

But no matter what genre the book is, it's a nice story, and I think there are many people out there who would enjoy reading a fun series that's only two books long as opposed to getting into a longer series that may take ages to actually finish.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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