A Forest of Wolves: The Uprising #2 by Chelsea Luna

A Forest of Wolves: The Uprising #2 by Chelsea Luna

The second in The Uprising series, this historical fiction title appropriate for fans of Teen and YA reads

A Forest of Wolves

The second in The Uprising series, I didn’t read the first, but Luna provided enough detail to grasp the action and the reasons for Mila’s frantic flight.  Ludmila (Mila) Novakova is daughter of the High Chancellor of Bohemia, recently wed to the Duke of Prucha, from whom she has run with her love, Marc Sykora, leader of the Protestant rebellion.  As if that wasn’t enough to pile on to the story, Mila really is the heir to the Bohemian throne, a secret that now puts her in danger everywhere.

Now, we add in a bit of a love triangle and some action and danger, but the reality is that this story did not go anywhere. As in no forward movement at all.  Plenty of information from the first book, lots of (actually far too many plot bunnies and conflicts) were added in and the upshot is that the story truly doesn’t move forward or appear to.  As a set up for a third book, this was an endeavor lacking in sparkle and purpose, with too many elements added for unknown purpose because they did not go anywhere nor add to the plot.  At 200 pages I expected something, but I don’t see it’s tangible or positive effects on this series.

There are plenty of solid and unique ideas here, a world that is begging to be explored and described – and that would have been preferable to this tangle of ideas, retold moments and overworked conflicts interior and exterior.

 

A Forest of Wolves: The Uprising #2 by Chelsea Luna

Title: A Forest of Wolves
Author: Chelsea Luna
Series: The Uprising #2
Genre: Historical Fiction, Medieval
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 1601835116
Published on: 13 September 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 250
Rated: two-half-stars
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Prague, 1610

  In a few short weeks seventeen-year-old Mila has gone from being Ludmila Novakova, pampered daughter of the High Chancellor of Bohemia, to becoming a traitor escaping the palace at midnight in her wedding nightgown. Her country is in chaos, an army is marching from Austria, and revolution is a breath away.  

Mila is caught in the middle, between the man she loves—Marc, the son of a blacksmith and a leader of the rebellion—and the murderer the Church calls her husband. Even as she flees with Marc into the heart of the resistance, where the suspicions of angry citizens make her every palace-born habit a danger, she knows he hasn’t told her everything.  

But Mila is keeping the biggest secret herself: she is the heir to the throne, the daughter of embattled King Rudolf and Princess of Bohemia. The truth will turn the fury of both sides against her, leaving Mila alone to win her country’s freedom—and her own . . .

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

 

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Marc Sýkora brought our intertwined hands together and kissed the back of my hand. “People are waiting for us there. Allies. Peasants. Protestants. Defectors of the Crown and the Catholic Church. It’s the headquarters of the rebellion.”

Rebellion.

This was it. I’d officially joined the Protestant rebellion.

I was now a defector from the Crown and the Catholic Church. A traitor to the Kingdom of Bohemia. What would King Rudolf think? Was he still alive? By now my father, Václav, the high chancellor of Bohemia, and the others had found Radek, the Duke of Prucha, beaten and tied up in his bedchamber.

My cheeks burned.

I had married Radek under the eyes of God in the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral only last night. I was now officially Ludmila Nováková, Duchess of Prucha. That lying murderer, Radek, was my husband. A frigid chill ran down my spine and I shivered in my cloak.

What had I done?

“Are you cold?” Marc’s strong blacksmith’s hands slid under the garment and rubbed my arms. His fingers trailed down to where the short satin nightgown grazed the top of my thighs. “Your skin is like ice.”

Butterflies fluttered in my stomach at his touch, but nervousness quickly replaced the feeling of excitement. My mother’s letter was hidden in my cloak and I still didn’t know the contents of the letter. Not yet. I would read it when I was alone. When I was ready. The letter held the only words I’d ever have from my murdered mother. I had to protect them at all costs.

“I’m all right.”

“You don’t seem so.”

“It was a stressful night,” I said.

“We’re safe now —”

“Maybe.”

“Don’t worry about Radek,” Marc said. “It’s all over.”

I shook my head. “It’s not over. You don’t understand how Radek’s mind works. He’s manipulative and prideful. He’s not going to take what happened lightly. Radek won’t stop searching until he finds me. He’ll be relentless in his hunt. In his eyes, we are husband and —”

“No.” Marc’s arm slid around my waist. He drew me against his chest. “You are not his wife, Mila. The marriage was never consummated. You were forced to say those vows in church. It doesn’t work that way.”

“But —”

“You are not married.”

 

About Chelsea Luna

Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising of four novels. Chelsea's latest novel, LIONS IN THE GARDEN (Book 1, The Uprising Series) will be released on March 1, 2016. Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee.

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