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All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars, Book 2)

Review

All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars, Book 2)

Heather Fawcett left fans breathless after the shocking end to her debut last year, EVEN THE DARKEST STARS. The sequel and conclusion to this incredible duology, ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT, is just as breathtaking, just as spectacular and just as intense as its predecessor.

Kamzin conquered Mount Raksha. But didn’t defeat River. Now the witches are back. But Kazmin is the only one who knows. And she’s stuck at the top of a mountain.

Her defeat of the mountain didn’t go unnoticed, however. The stars noticed and her history has now been written among them. As she travels down the mountain, desperate to reunite with her sister and Tem, she sees a brilliant meter shower. Where Lusha tracks a falling star.

"If you crave a story that will absorb you entirely...I highly suggest you pick this duology. ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT is the perfect ending to the story you had no idea you needed in your life."

Knowing that fallen stars wield enormous power, the likes of which can bind the witches again, they set off for a new course. But they aren’t the only ones looking. For River and his brothers also know the power a star can bring, and are just as determined to find it.

Desperate to find the star first, and still hurting from River’s betrayal, Kazmin enters a dangerous bargain, trading enormous power for bits of her soul. Getting rid of River, or her tumultuous feelings for him, is no easy matter. And as they both hunt for the star, their paths will collide in perilous and unpredictable ways. The question is: who will retrieve the star? And which empire will prevail?

In ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT, Fawcett has managed to maintain all the epic facets of her first book in new and delightful ways. First, we pick up right where EVEN THE DARKEST STARS left off, but we get multiple points of view. The main two are Kazmin and River, but there are quite a few others sprinkled throughout the narration. This gives the story the expansive nature it requires. They aren’t stuck only on the mountain with a single goal in this book. Their journey is spread out, and to fully understand it, along with maintaining the heart-heart-pounding pace, we need the additional perspectives.

We also are able to learn more about the characters. We get far more back story and a deeper examination into the emotions and motivations of this expanded cast. Obviously, I was dying for this glimpse into River’s head, but I found myself really enjoying more of Lusha. She ended up being the perfect sister to Kamzin, both of them stubborn and fierce in their own ways.

While this book is meant to be the conclusion, I was especially pleased with how Fawcett tied things up. The ending is incredibly satisfying, with the characters remaining true to themselves without resorting to predictable or cliché plot lines. But she also left it so that this world is one she can easily expand and return to, if she ever chooses to. I, for one, desperately hope she does.

This duology is an epic fantasy adventure unlike anything I’ve read recently. It reads like a movie, with a frantic pace all while eliciting intense emotions. You close these pages feeling winded and exhilarated. The creativity in world building along with her ability to transform the standard fantasy elements; such as ghosts, dragons, witches and magic, is phenomenal. They are what you expect, and yet they are wholly unique. These books have skyrocketed into one of my favorites and is an adventure I will be returning to in the future.

If you crave a story that will absorb you entirely, entertain you endlessly and enchant you in a way that is all-encompassing, I highly suggest you pick this duology. ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT is the perfect ending to the story you had no idea you needed in your life.

Reviewed by Jena Brown on December 18, 2018

All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars, Book 2)
by Heather Fawcett