The Second Book of Ascension
by Dirk Strasser
The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the
time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer
remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power. As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.
This book delivers! I was drawn in immediately as I continued the story from the first book. There is more action in this part of the series, and I found myself more easily engaged. Equinox excels at its job as the middle part of this trilogy, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying it.
The character development grows by leaps and bounds during the course of this section. No longer am I shying from Atreu. I feel like he grew up quite a lot, and I appreciate the author's talent in showing that growth.
With the first book setting the stage, Dirk Strasser casts his characters into their roles perfectly. This series is unfolding into a complex tale that reminds me of why I have a deep rooted love for epic fantasies. Again, fans of fantasy, you will not be disappointed with Strasser's Book of Ascension series!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Enchanted Book Promotions and Dirk Strasser.
Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.