Review: The Secrets of the Vanmars (Argetallam Saga #2) by Elisabeth Wheatley

on Jan 29, 2018
Surviving exile and imprisonment should have been a victory, but the battle is just beginning. With a new awareness and tenuous control of her growing power, Janir returns home to find half the Brevian High Lords want her dead.

When Saoven is ordered by his king to remain close, it seems the elves suspect her as well. To make matters worse, whispered rumors claim that a Stlavish noble house, the Vanmars, are plotting to invade and Karile is sure the that Janir's childhood home is a part of it.

Ensnared in the machinations of kingdom, Janir must confront the power that is her heritage before everything she loves is destroyed.




Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


5 out 5 Stars

Review: 

Today we are heading back into the world of the Argetallam Saga by Elisabeth Wheatley! 

Some of you may remember my review of book #1, The Key of Amatahns that I posted last year. I loved it and had high hopes for the sequel. Hint: I was not disappointed! ^_^ 

After the intense, dangerous adventures that took place in book #1, we now find Janir and her friends returning to her home, Green Haven. Unfortunately home won't be quite as peaceful as they hope, nor will the journey be either.

This is only the second installment and I'm already hooked on this series! Wheatley has a great sense of pace. I really enjoy the bits of quiet rest amid the exciting adventures, it reminds me of the style of the Chronicles of Narnia. I also appreciate the pieces of history interspersed throughout the novel. All the different cultures and locations have a uniqueness that makes them feel as if they are real peoples and places.

Janir is fantastic to read. Wheatley does a great job of balancing her right on the edge of adulthood. Given that she turns sixteen during this book I think she has grown significantly. She has a good head on her shoulders and several times during the novel I was impressed by the compassion and wisdom that she shows. She's very good at listening to other peoples opinions while maintaining her own views. Even at her young age she is very good at self-analyzing and is already contemplating some big questions about the world around her.

The other characters are just as great. After Janir, Saoven is definitely my favorite character. He is just...*fangirl sigh* He is always interesting to read, very mysterious, and has a strong presence on the page. I love how Janirs adopted father, Armandius plays such a large role in the story. I like that Janir has a positive adult influence. One thing I'm not too crazy about is Karile. Don't get me wrong I like him as a character, but occasionally he's just a bit too annoying for me. We also come across more Argettallams in this book. I love how unique and different the Argetallams are. Although I wouldn't exactly call them a friendly bunch. ;)

I loved this book. As I write this review I am looking at book #3 sitting on my shelf and I'm dying to start reading so I'll see you guys back here next Monday for another review! Happy reading!




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