Descendantby Lesley Livingston (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Narrator: Lesley Livingston
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on August 27th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs 35 min
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The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
Last year, the first book in this series Starling totally rocked my world! I adore a good Paranormal story and when they even have a good twist, I like them even more! The Startling series plays heavily with all kind of old Lore, but focuses a lot on Nordic Lore which I found incredible fascinating!
Strong kick ass Characters and a colorful set of secondary characters
When I read and fully emerge in a book I need to connect with the characters, and I do love a good character development – strong connections between the characters and outstanding supporting characters! In the Starling series we have an epic cast of characters in my opinion. Mason, the main character is a wonderfully strong girl, who is sweet but can also majorly kick ass. The chemistry between her and the swoon worthy (and equally kick ass) Fenris Wolf is nearly palpable.
Then there are all these supporting characters who I have a hard time calling that as they play important roles in the development of the story and their colorful uniqueness wonderfully stands out. I guess I could write a whole page just about how amazing they all are and how diverse and fascinating. There is a god among them, we have werewolves, more gods from different cultures, some Fairy Guards, some normal people.. and.So.Much.More!
Stunning Fast Pasted Sequel, Fascinating ancient lore!
You know how it is with Sequels, often they disappoint feel like a filler or are just a downright disappointment. Descendant was nothing like this! It was a well rounded sequel that moves the story of Ragnarok – which basically is the event that leads to the end of the world (yes, it#s that dramatic) forward at a nice pace and with some amazing twists and unexpected turns.
Not only did I love the overall development of the story, I also very much loved all the lore behind it! There is not just Nordic Lore, but many different ones like Greek Mythology also comes into play. This makes the whole series so very fascinating and wonderfully unique!
As it is always hard to review a sequel, all I can tell you that if you love the paranormal, and if you love strong characters and if you then also love a good romance then this series needs to be on your reading list! Descendant by Lesley Livingston was an outstanding sequel that delivered everything I was hoping for it not more! The romance was sweet and the chemistry undeniable!
Quote from my Startling Review (Book 1)
Starling comes with a phenomenal and thrilling set of characters. Girls can swoon over Fenrys and connect to Mason. The gorgeous New Yorker setting adds to an incredible story that only scratched the surface of an ancient lore. Starling will easily be one of my favorite paranormal series where I will eagerly await the sequel.
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