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.
Title: A Forest of Wolves
Author: Chelsea Luna
Series: The Uprising #2
Genre: Historical Fiction, Medieval
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 13 September 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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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