The Sapphire Legend Part II by E.L. Tenenbaum
Isn’t this a striking cover…
I loved The Sapphire Legend Part I when I reviewed it for Rosie’s Book Review Team (#RBRT) last year, and I bought Part II as soon as I finished reading it. Before I get to my review, here’s the Blurb from Goodreads.
It’s been months since the destruction of Sapere’s village forced the survivors to flee into the Wild, where her secret was discovered and her Council struggles to keep the remains of her tribe alive. Surviving the attack, the flood, the Wild itself is proof that they have grown stronger as a people. Even in their new campsite they feel safe and comfortable… too comfortable.
Certain they must find the last of the Oro tribes and warn them about the impending Pliz danger before it’s too late, Sapere and Venatore take to scouring the Wild for the Great Blue Waters. Finding them, however, may not be the end of their trials, but only the beginning. For Sapere, this means facing antagonism toward her gift and her position on Council, an unprecedented break from tradition that their sister tribe won’t accept. For the rest of the tribe, this means adjusting to a new way of life with values and traditions very different from their current, and even former, one.
But something else is bothering Sapere, as she soon wonders if leaving the familiarity of the Wild leads to more harm than good. Should the survivors seek refuge with their sister tribe if they’ll arrive just in time for war? What if those who lived through the first attack don’t survive the second?
I really enjoyed continuing the story of Sapere and her friends. I find the gifts the characters have fascinating, and their tribal way of life continually draws me into the story. In the second book, relationship deepen and strengthen and Sapere’s skills develop as she meets more gifted individuals amongst their sister tribe, the Oro. However, while everyone seems happy to integrate, Sapere is certain all is not as it seems. Plus there is the ever present threat of the Pliz hanging over them.
My favourite characters remain Sapere, Rio and Venatore, but new characters join the ranks including Pardo and Felin. Felin is an Elder from book 1, but he really shines in book 2.
I only have two small issues; the reflections of what had happened in book one were a little overdone for me (although they did remind me of scenes I’d really enjoyed and forgotten), also the climatic event could have carried on longer.
There were moments of happiness and sadness, and at times I felt emotional reading this book (not the easiest thing to hide on a plane full of people!). I was so sad when I finished reading and realised it was only a duology. I really hope more instalments will follow, as I’d love to catch up with Sapere and her growing group of friends and see what the future holds for them.
My rating 4.5 stars – rounding up to 5 for Amazon and Goodreads.