Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Engelsfors Trilogy book II: Fire by Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg + a Giveaway

If you're a regular to the blog then you probably recall my fangirling all over the first book in the Engelsfors trilogy just last week. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Well, I am super excited to be posting about the second book today and I've got an exciting extra: winner's choice of either the new hardcover of Fire or, if you're new to the trilogy, the newly released paperback edition of The Circle. Your choice. To enter be sure to head to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

And now, if you are new to the trilogy, you probably want to just skip ahead to the giveaway as there are likely to be spoilers ahead!

It's the start of a new school year and the remaining Chosen Ones have an all new evil to face. But first they'll have to survive junior year. 

Nicolaus recovers his memories at last, only to abandon the girls just as the Council arrives for Anna-Karin's trial. As the girls rally behind her things start to fall apart at home for Vanessa and Minoo. Things aren't rosy for Linnéa or Ida either. Linnéa is facing trouble with her Social Services rep and Ida is finally reconsidering some of her... quirks. 

Meanwhile, the town of Engelsfors is undergoing something of a happy, yellow, Stepford like transformation and it's beginning to unsettle the girls. 

I'd mentioned in my review of The Circle that I'd come away from it with the biggest book hangover ever and it was so true. I was seriously dying to get back to the story and Fire was oh, so worthy of a follow up! Course now I have to wait for the US release of The Key but that's ok, I'm sure I can amuse myself in the meantime.

Readers, there is none of the sophomore slump here! Fire suffers none of the typical middle book tendencies. Nope, here you have another installment chock full of teen troubles, witchy issues, and magic. We finally get a little more of a glimpse at the Council as well as Matilda's story. And Ida! We get Ida's point of view - disturbing as that may be. And yes, we're also perfectly set up for the final installment of the trilogy.

Again I don't want to give too much away so I'll end by saying that I am going to be incredibly said to see this series end! I love these characters and I think Efgren and Strandberg have done a truly fantastic job capturing all the pain and awkwardness of being a teenager, while torturing their characters even more with the whole coming apocalypse thing!

Rating: 5/5

And now for the giveaway. To enter to win a copy of The Circle or Fire simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, February 24. US only please and good luck!

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Tabitha (Pabkins) said...

That is good to here that the book two doesn't have a slump. Sometimes I swear I want to hurt trilogies. I mean three books is a great length for a series BUT so many people do it all wrong. I mean writing it like a beginning, middle and end of a story when there should still be a complete story in each one. That endlessly ticks me off.