Monday, January 7, 2013

Afterlife by Eric Edstrom

Title:  Afterlife
Author:  Eric Edstrom
Series:  The Undermountain Saga #2
Published: July 18th 2012 by Undermountain Books LLC (first published June 28th 2012)
Page Count: 272
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Afterlife is the stunning second book in The Undermountain Saga!

They think their adventures are behind them . . .
The six teens who were rescued from a mountainside in the Canadian Rockies are now famous. But only they know the true story-of what they discovered, what they survived-of Undermountain. Those secrets bind them together and pull them toward an ill-fated reunion.

. . . the war between tangoga and bigfeet still rages . . .
The tangoga boss GorVit searches for a lost technology, the terrible weapon of a vanished race. And he'll happily use Breyona as leverage to get Danny's help.

. . . the power of ultimate destruction hangs in the balance . . .
Thrust into the midst of war, and into the arms of a beautiful queen, Danny races on a collision course with destiny. And Breyona, still testing the limits of her amazing powers, must choose between what she desires and what is right.

. . . friendship, loyalty, and temptation . . .
One will give in.

One will give up.

One will give all.

My Review:

The second installment in the Undermountain Saga does not disappoint. Edstrom continues with his compelling descriptions, creating many worlds so vivid that you feel like you are walking through them with the characters. His clear, flowing way with words allows you to flow seamlessly from world to world with the action of the story. He also uses this volume to give his reader a deeper understanding of the history of the various races involved in his story. This is worked right into the action of the story, not breaking up the flow at all.

He also kicks the intensity of the novel up a notch with this installment. There is a great deal more suspense that builds throughout the novel. By the final page it has yet to dissipate, leaving you wanting the final installment. All emotions are also more intense in this novel. Edstrom’s grasp of the English language makes the fear, sadness, and happiness of the characters so clear that you feel it for yourself.

Character development also carries on in this instalment. As all the characters in the novel are in their late teens, they have many real struggles to face. This includes relationship problems and concerns, which are apparent throughout the novel. These characters are all so real that you cannot help but picture them vividly. You want to help them through their struggles, but are too involved in the story to leave your chair.

Afterlife kept me captivated throughout. It is entirely unique and placed in worlds so well developed that you spend the hours that you are reading walking along side the characters. Also, this novel leaves the reader set up for the final installment of the Undermountain Saga.

Buy your copy online here today!

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