Review: Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium– the kingdom she’s just learned is hers.

But with the King’s ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King’s strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won’t let her kingdom down without a fight.

After the hard-hitting death of her father, Breena and her friends Aleta and Tregle escaped the Egrian King while Prince Caden led rallies all throughout the kingdom to express dismay and raise rebellion against his own father. Finally, Bree learned that Nereidium is the kingdom that is rightfully hers. But part of her didn’t want to claim the throne.

The second book in the Threats of Sky and Sea series is more impacting, a feat that usually isn’t achieved in sequels. Bree stood out in this second book. She got separated from the prince and had given herself reprieve from all that had happened to her and her family. An apparition dawned upon her, darker and more menacing than it was before, ghostly entities that would surely rattle the usually armed and ready Bree.

The other characters also became more striking and impressive as the story progressed. Others may have liked Aleta in the first novel (although I sure as hell didn’t) I somewhat pitied and liked her in this book. It wasn’t her fault after all that she was deceived about her identity.

And Caden, I don’t even know where to begin. He proved his worth and had clearly grown into a mature thinking prince. But I think he would have preferred to be called Rick, a far cry from his royal upbringing.

Jennifer Ellision yet again crafted another fantastic masterpiece. If I loved the first book, Threats of Sky and Sea, I’d say, Riot of Storm and Smoke had me clamoring for more! The ending, that chilling ending! The chaos, the distress, the the ghosts.. the lies.. and the dripping blood. Everything excites me!

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