Title: The War of Mists
Series: Luthiel’s Song, #2
Author: Robert Fanney
Publisher: Dark Forest Press
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Werewolves, Elves
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
She chose to die in her sister’s place and yet she lived. Luthiel, just 15 years old, made a brave peace with the dreaded Vyrl of the Vale of Mists. Now she must face an army sent to destroy them.
With her companions — the werewolf Othalas, the dragon Melkion, the sorcerer Mithorden, a Vyrl named Ecthellien, and the elf Vaelros who would love her — Luthiel races back to the angry faelands to beg forgiveness for monsters.
Who, if any, will survive the journey? For the Vale is surrounded by the webs of Widdershae, and the only other path leads to the Red Moon — where an ancient evil waits in the flames.
Beyond the Vale, the home she left is not the same. Armies march for vengeance. Powers play their hands in a game of ages. In the sky something evil stirs. Rumors of a dark prophecy. Whispers of a “Blood Witch.” And signs foretelling an ancient doom terrible enough to destroy worlds.
Luthiel, daughter of Vlad Valkire wakes with a start, after she’s almost killed in the Dream world. There she shared the body of an owl, who wanted to tell her something important, but unfortunately died at the hands of a dragon. Luthiel would have died with the owl if it weren’t for the Vyrl; she was saved by drinking their blood. She is so upset about her adventure that she swears to Methar Anduel, her magical stone that from now on she;; only harm the heartless and hollow. Her father’s broken sword, Cutter’s Shears responds to it by mending itself every time an innocent dies for her and she renames it Weiryendel.
After Luthiel has recovered from her ordeal in the Dream world she travels with her comrades and troops to the elves, who are ready to declare war to the Vyrl, because of all the children they had to sent as sacrifices. Luthiel’s travels to them to stop the war from happening, because her blood is enough to sustain the Vyrl and prevent them from going mad. The only problem is, that to reach the elves they have to travel through the Vale…
They soon find out that the great spiders of the Vale wove their shadow nets throughout the Vale. Everyone trapped in such a net will never get out and faces a slow painful death. Fortunately Weiryendel seems to be able to cut the nets, so they can escape the spiders, but then they come across something macabre and they have to run for their lives….
That is the beginning of Luthiel’s fight against dark forces, who plan to take over her world. She and her family seem to be the only ones who will be able to stop them….
The beginning of the story was a bit difficult to get. It had been a while since I had read the first book. I remembered the outlines of the story, but this is a story with a lot of characters, so I had to struggle the first couple of pages with who the heck Luthiel was talking to, or misplaced the names… (okay again an index, but again I refuse to scroll down my eBook continuously to look it up)
Luthiel was a real drama queen and adolescent at the start of the story. She was on one big emotional rollercoaster. First sad, then angry and then angry again and then not a little sad or angry, but pissed off and devastated. Above all she was making a mountain of a molehill. When the owl gave his life for her (voluntarily) she continued to rage about the unfairness off it for a couple of pages. She even planned to start an Utopian world, where nobody would die. Obviously she hadn’t thought this one through, cause that world would be a bit full after a couple of years don’t you think?
After that she had problems with wearing a cape that would hide her from her enemies. Uhm… your enemies are out to kill you… if they recognize you, you’ll be dead and all hope for this world will be gone. So shut your trap and wear the cape, capish?
The worst part was that she was speaking of no more sacrifices and then becomes the reason people/creatures have to sacrifice themselves to save her. It’s okay to be angry at spiders because they are torturing elves and trying to help them, but not okay when the enemy has the majority, because there’s no way to save the elves and by attacking you would endanger your entire party! Okay, this sounds a bit cold, but she is the only hope for her world and if she dies all hope is lost and the lives that she saved would have been useless…
Fortunately she grows up a bit when she finally meets the High Lords. From that moment on it became fascinating to read about Luthiel’s world and its miraculous creatures. The author spends a lot of time with world building and describing how it looks like (sometimes too much….). The plot is also very refreshing, after years of reading(*cough cough,* okay I’m not that old yet, but I do read a lot 😉 ) I can usually guess which way the story goes. Not with this one! It kept me on the edge of my seat and certainly with an open ending, I now wait anxiously till the next book comes out in October!
Overall rating: 3 hearts. Although it’s an amazing world with incredible creatures and a great story, Luthiel annoyed me a little too much with her antics. Therefore no 4 or 5 hearts, but I still enjoyed reading the book.
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉