06 August, 2012

Billow by Emma Raveling

Billow (Ondine Quartet, #2)Name: Billow (Ondine Quartet #2) by Emma Raveling.
Pages: Unknown.

Publication: 5th July 2012/Mandorla Publishing.
Buy It: Amazon 

"It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.

Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their mark. 

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family. 

Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war.

When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the truths from the lies and choose who and what to believe. 
Even if it means facing what she fears the most."

It has been six months since Kendra had to fight her mother and lost her close friend Ryder in Whirl. She is not dealing with the aftermath of the events as well as dealing with her role as the Sondaleur. When mysterious kidnappings occur, Kendra and her friends end up knee deep in danger. Kendra is back and is fighting for than just herself.

I was excited to read Billow after reading Whirl. Raveling has created a unique and interesting world which is detailed and layered. Billow is a good second book in the way that you see the characters and the story growing. Billow was exciting. It had many twists and turns that keep you on your toes while reading the story.

My biggest problem with Billow is Kendra. I disliked her character in this book. She has lost her wit and sharp tongue. All she did was say how she was the Sondaleur and needed to use her virtue all of the time. This was repeated in the book way too much and it annoyed me. I am aware of the weight and the assumptions she has to live up too but it still annoyed me. 

It was great to see more of Julian in the book, he brings out the best and the funny in Kendra. He is a character with many dimensions. Tristan is not as prominent in Billow and I actually forgot what he was like as a character which I do not thing is a good sign for my memory! :P 

Final Thought.
Although, Billow did not live up to Whirl, Billow is still a very good follow-up which leaves you wanting the third book.


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  3. Excellent review~ I actually liked this guide a lot more than you did. It's a bit slowly, yes, but it's such an excellent read! I'm also grateful I selected this up outside of university or else I'm sure I wouldn't appreciate studying this in a college establishing.