Rise of Fire
Picking up directly where REIGN OF SHADOWS left off, RISE OF FIRE follows Luna and Fowler on their journey to safety in a world stuck in permanent darkness. But, as there always are, a few bumps appear in the road. Due to a wound from fighting dwellers, Fowler is close to death and Luna is faced with an enormous decision: does she take the help from complete strangers and risk their identities being revealed or does she let Fowler die and stay in safety? Full of secrets, marriages and fights with humans and dwellers alike, RISE OF FIRE is the conclusion to an action-packed duology.
One of the things I loved about REIGN OF SHADOWS that continued in this book was the structure. Both books were dual point of view, which I’m an absolute sucker for. Sophie Jordan writes both point of views distinctly, making sure the reader can easily tell if they are hearing Luna or Fowler’s voice. Another awesome writing aspect of this duology is how the author handles Luna’s point of view. Luna is completely blind so her point of view can’t have any descriptions of how the newest setting appears or anything like that. Still, Sophie Jordan writes her perspective beautifully and even though the reader can not see anything through Luna, it never feels like her point of view is missing something.
"I recommend this duology to anyone who is a fan of Tangled or for anyone who is looking for a strong and beautiful romance to be the center of the plot. RISE OF FIRE is an epic and thrilling tale of romance that will touch any reader’s heart."
The most unforgettable thing about this duology is the romance between Luna and Fowler. Both characters care about each other so strongly, making their romance one that would cause any reader’s heart to ache. The scenes where they were working together were the strongest in RISE OF FIRE and overall the couple is just enjoyable to read about. Even if they weren’t my favorite characters separately, they brought out the best of each other. Another awesome thing about RISE OF FIRE was the world building. In the first book, we got to know the outside world and all of the dangers the eclipse brought to this world, but this book takes a look at the life of royalty in this new world which I found incredibly interesting.
But even with the romance and world, I thought REIGN OF SHADOWS was the stronger of the series and that there were some things that fell flat. While the plot was interesting, the pacing felt off for me. This is hard to explain while being spoiler free but the characters seemed to struggle over certain tasks for so long before suddenly being able to do it. To use an analogy, it would be like struggling over trying to open a locked door before finding out it was unlocked the entire time. I’d spend an hour trying to open the door, when finally the solution occurred and only took thirty seconds. This is more or less how a few problems in the book went. While this made for a nice fast pace, it also felt like some things in the book were rushed. Nevertheless, it was still enjoyable, but if you are looking for a complex plot, RISE OF FIRE might not be for you.
REIGN OF SHADOWS and RISE OF FIRE are a retelling of Rapunzel and ended up similar to Tangled, a movie I absolutely love. Seeing the connections between the story of Rapunzel and Luna and Fowler’s story made it so much more fun and enjoyable to read. I recommend this duology to anyone who is a fan of Tangled or for anyone who is looking for a strong and beautiful romance to be the center of the plot. RISE OF FIRE is an epic and thrilling tale of romance that will touch any reader’s heart.
Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member on March 15, 2017