Heroes or Thieves by J.J. Sherwood

Last month, Kat reviewed Kings or Pawns, Book 1 in the Steps of Power: The Kings series, by J.J. Sherwood.  Today, Luna takes up the reins as she reviews Book 2, Heroes or Thieves.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Heroes or ThievesTitle: Heroes or Thieves
Author: J.J. Sherwood
Series: Steps of Power: The Kings, Book 02
Publish Date: June 24, 2016
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description“War is the action taken to determine who has strength enough to live, and who has strength enough to die. Death can be the gateway to victory, but not all men are brave enough to face this truth.”

A dark and ancient magic has resurfaced upon Aersadore, and it serves the new lords of the elven nation. Disgraced and on a land far from home, Jikun yet finds himself in the midst of Sevrigel’s inner turmoil. When he accepts the siren call to rectify his past mistakes, he soon determines that to walk the path of the hero, he must first become the thief.

As Sevrigel’s new rulers exact genocide upon all who oppose them, the shadow of their reign takes shape. Their necromancer, whose name is spoken only in whispers, is rising in power, striking down all upon Ryekarayn who might dare to offer the elven nation aid. If Jikun wishes to secure his country’s future, he must first defeat the man who Ryekarayn has named Death itself.

Possible spoilers ahead.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

It is rare that a sequel is better than the first, especially when it comes to book series. With Book 2, Sherwood has created a much stronger continuation of this series.

The world is massive and the characters are complex and have depth. Alvena continues to be my favorite with her strong spirit. Even mute she stands up to her captors and, when the opportunity presents itself, she does what she can to get back at them.

I was surprised by Eldaeus—an elf from an extinct race who has been trapped for centuries and is quite mad. He provides comic relief, but underneath his madness I believe there is something deeper that will be revealed in future installments.

I was also surprised to be sympathetic towards Saebellus’s Beast, Jerah. I feel he was used and abused and hope good things come from him in the future.

badge5v4There are more jaw dropping surprises and more magic. I was also glad to see a glossary, a recap, and a pronunciation guide were added to the second book. It made it a little less confusing.

There are still a few places that seem to drag out a little, but overall I enjoyed this book much more than the first. I have to give Heroes or Thieves five stars for the amazing characters.

If you like this book…

…you might try the Sword of Truth series by Terri Goodkind, Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan, and The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About Luna Lovebooks

I love books! I also write in my spare time but due to a crazy life and millions of ideas, I have yet to finish something :/

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