I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Roc by Rustin Petrae
Series: Histories of Purga #2
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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THE WAR HAS BEGUN.
Wilhelm Coran is amassing more and more power as his Blak Army washes over Purga. Now, he finds himself face to face with the Terraqouis nation's army but he might just have enough strength to crush them into the desert sands.
The only chance for Purga, and the people that inhabit it, lies with the very unlikely pair of Rone Varlamagne and Keiara, a Rook Prince and the daughter of the Terra Chieftain. As Rone searches the ends of the earth for Keiara, he soon realizes that finding her is the least of their problems.
Together, they must fight for their lives as enemies become friends, friends become enemies, and the world keeps falling to darkness.
Chaos is growing..
Book Two: Roc continues the story of the world of Purga from Book One: Dragon. Rone and Keiara learn that their powers and destiny are no accident, and that they are the only thing standing between Wilhelm Coran and his total destruction of Purga.
I really enjoyed the book and seeing the continuation of the story. It really fills in the blanks and expands everything. A lot of the assumptions I had reading Dragon turned out to be misguided. Many of the characters and the world are further developed and fleshed out, and we learn the backstory of a lot of it. This story is much darker than the original. The world is in a dire situation as Wilhelm continues to destroy and take over. Even the Rooks are in danger of destruction.
The book continues to meld various genres together like science fiction (Rooks) and nature/fantasy (Terraquois). There is a little bit of romance (just a little) between Keiara and Rone, and some religious overtones (just who and what is Wilhelm, and are Keiara and Rone saviors?)
Some of the characters are a bit more rigid than I would like (Wilhelm, and the chief Tarvo) and I would have liked to see more development on those, but they serve their purpose ok. There was another character I didn’t like and thought he was somewhat useless, but I suspect he may play a much bigger role in the third book. Relations between the two groups continue to be strained and Keiara and Rone have to fight both the evil in the world and their own people’s prejudices.
This book was just as good as the first one and I am really looking forward to book three. It is a really interesting dynamic to do science fiction vs. fantasy. If you liked book one, then you won’t be disappointed with this one.
NOTE: I received this copy for free in exchange for an honest review. I reviewed a pre-release beta copy.