All That Burns: All That Glows #2 by Ryan Graudin

The second title I’ve read from this author, Ryan Graudin creates compelling characters and wonderful imagery that draws a reader in to the story in moments.

All That Burns

The second in this series, yet the first I have read, this story starts with a bang and drew me right into the story without hesitation.  I loved the world building and setting with new royals and magical and fae elements both unique and fantastical.

The two realms are unified, as we follow Emrys, a once-fae woman in love with the human King. She has renounced her faerie powers for love: but it is never that simple. She’s struggling with court politics, questions of where she fits in and even the reality that her own Fae Queen, Titania, is not pleased with her decision. When you add those elements, you understand just what she gave up, and why she struggles with not reclaiming her powers and turning her back on the humans she knows and loves.  Only Annabelle is truly accepting of her and her former fae heritage, so poor Emrys has plenty of things to fret over.  Despite it all, her love for Richard is all-consuming, even when she is faced with other options and Richard consumed with his kingly duties.

And the action comes hard and fast: a secret fae prison is in the labrynth, and Richard is constantly in danger from it and those who would prefer the fae and human worlds do not unite. His task is all-consuming, leaving Emrys alone and wondering, and then he is kidnapped, and Emrys is torn between her need to solve problems, find Richard and decide if she really has what she wants.

A bit slow on the start: Emrys’ insecurities are at the forefront early on, but solidly portrayed and displayed making it easier for readers to empathize.  Richard is understandably distracted, although I don’t believe his feelings for her ever wavered, he just wasn’t the best at multitasking (and there are few men who are). Elements of magic, history and even some legend mix in, with descriptive prose, tension and a nice blend of emotion mix with the twists and turns as Graudin shows our ex-fae as all too human.  I enjoyed this story, with a clever ending, imagery and history, and believe those who enjoyed the first book will love this one as well.

All That Burns: All That Glows #2 by Ryan Graudin

Title: All That Burns
Author: Ryan Graudin
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062187430
Published on: 10 February, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 464
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One Flame

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In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one.

Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Ryan Graudin

I was born and raised by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would reenact Redwall battles with me in the backyard. I went to an artsy sort of high school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

So I wrote. I went to the College of Charleston and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Creative Writing. I met the love of my life and got married at 21. We started traveling the world together and never really stopped. We’ve taught English in South Korea, farmed in New Zealand, hiked through Peru, spied on lions in Kenya. Country number 19 is next on the docket.

I still live close to the sea, with my husband and my wolf-dog. We try to grow gardens, but haven’t had much success. Sometimes I get bored and give myself dreadlocks or pierce my nose. One day I’ll be brave enough to commit to a tattoo.

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