Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review: Tears of Requiem by Daniel Arenson

The nightshades cover the land. Demons of smoke and shadow, they fear no sword or arrow. They suck the souls from all who live, like a glutton sucking marrow from bones. The world falls under their darkness.

But the nightshades crave more than random ruin. The souls of mere humans will not sate them. They seek dragons.

Requiem's last dragons, a mere scattering of survivors, have fought off men and griffins. But how can they fight the nightshades, creatures they cannot cut or burn?

This is book two in the Song of Dragons series. I have to say that it doesn't disappoint. If anything, it only gets better.

At the end of the first book, Blood of Requiem, I was left with some questions and uncertainties. I won't get into details because I don't want to spoil book one for anybody. I will say that the main nemesis is ultimately the same but with different, not to mention stronger and creepier, allies.

Dies Irae returns as the main force trying to extinguish the last reminaing Vir Requis once and for all. To do this, he enlists the help of some truly terrible creatures and in the process becomes something less than human himself.

The action and tension are non-stop almost from the first page. The Vir Requis are forced to run and hide to save their souls from being shattered. They have met their match in the Nightshades and must seek forgiveness and help from their past enemies.

As far as romance goes, I was thrown some great surprises. Kyrie and Agnus Dei have their love tested by distance, hardship and outside forces. They have a fiery relationship to begin with, and it just gets more complicated as a result of their trials.

A satisfying follow up, Tears of Requiem kept me on the edge of my seat, rooting for the good guys.

Publication Date: August 18, 2011
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Thanks to the author for my review copy!

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