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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crest is almost here! Here is a recap of Urban Fantasy Novel: Billow by Emma Raveling

Title: Billow
Series: Ondine Quartet Book 2
Author: Emma Raveling
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 Fangs

Official Synopsis
It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.

Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their mark.

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family.

Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the tuths from the lies and choose who and what to believe.

Even if it means facing what she fears the most.
My Review
Billow in one sentence:  An action-packed, emotional rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave you begging for more.
It is official – this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all-time.  When I say it is unputdownable - I mean it and the bags under my eyes can prove it. This installment of the Ondine Quartet series took everything I loved from Whirl and amplified it. It has been six months since the last time we saw them, yet all that happened still haunts the characters.

Kendra was thrust into a situation that has left her confused and isolated, even when there are plenty of people around her that want to help. She lost her mother, learned that she is not only an Ondine (a water elemental) but also the Sondaleur - the prophesized savior of her race, and faced the evil that is Aquidae.

With being the responsibility of being the Sondeleur comes the feeling that the world is on her shoulders. The nightmares of all of the people she has lost and could lose if she doesn’t put an end to the Shadow, leader of the evil Aquidae, haunts her. She lost her mom, and her good friend Ryder: how many more will she lose before the war is over? This fear turns to obsession and the darkness seems to be closing in on her. Then the man she thought she’d never see again Tristan, the Selkie Prince, walks back into her life and makes things more complicated. WIll she ever find her path?

With her world spinning out of control, she must learn how to keep the darkness at bay while she battles the Aquidae and tries to take down the Shadow. With her entire race and the people she lovesmost hanging in the balance, will she be able to defeat the Aquidae and put an end to the war, or will the Shadow just continue to take away the people she holds dear until she is left with nothing?

Squeal! I just had to do that. This book is phenomenal! Along with the action, danger, mystery and bits of romance is pain, loss and self-discovery as the characters grow and learn with each situation they face. The layers are slowly peeled back revealing the inner most desires, fears and insecurities of our beloved characters.

Kendra is only 17, but she is a heroine to be reckoned with. She is fierce, dedicated and loyal to her friends. Behind her tough facade is a girl who feels lost and confused. She is a character we can relate to and empathize with. She is thrust with the responsibility of being the Sondaleur, and is also in love with someone she cannot have - not because she is not allowed, but because doing so would be the end of her mortality. That is an obstacle that is unique in that it is not forbidden love, but one which is physically impossible. I do hope Emma Raveling has a plan for Kendra and Tristan because they both deserve happiness.
Of course if that does not work out, there is always Julian. I love Julian. He is sarcastic, strong and smart, but has an underlying sweetness. As much as I love Tristan, I can’t help but hope that Kendra will at least give Julian a shot. The fact that he is much more involved and fleshed out in this book put a smile on my face. His appearance always guarantees a good time as he and Kendra banter away.
Along with our favorite threesome are Kendra’s friends and the introduction of a few new charaters who are also going through hard times. They are each so unique and strong in their own way. They are a great group of characters and I guarantte you will find yourself thinking of them as your friends.

All I can say is: Read This Book!! You will not regret it.
Billow is rated 5 fangs!


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