Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: The Rending
SERIES: The Dreamwalkers of Larreta #2
AUTHOR: Carol Holland March
PUBLISHER: Ellysian Press
LENGTH: 245 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
The saga of The Dreamwalkers of Larreta continues . . .
Deadly time rifts threaten Earth and Larreta. The rifts have swallowed people, buildings and the land itself. They must be stopped before the very fabrics of both worlds are torn apart.
Dreamwalker Leo can look backward in time. Jesse can walk into the future. Both of these abilities are needed to create the dangerous truan passage to locate and defeat the mysterious instigator of the rifts.
But Jesse is a volatile newcomer, unable to completely control his abilities. And Leo is still uncertain of his personal feelings for Jesse.
Working past their issues is key to discovering the location where the rifts originate. But the dark force behind the rifts has other plans—ones that won’t allow the two dreamwalkers to remain together. And only together can the rifts be stopped.
Hours after I finished reading this book I find I’m still attempting to process it. Part of that process may or may not involve me cursing at various things including the end of the book, the author and the universe in general because I now have to wait for the third book to be published in order to read what happens next. I assure you, it is completely unfair and yet I don’t regret a single bit of what I read that lead me to this state of unfairness.
When I finished the first book of the series, The Tyro, I thought the ending was fantastic; things were set up beautifully for the next book and it left me with enough of a teaser that I was totally pumped to start the sequel. Things basically pick up here right where the story left of previously; Leo is still dithering over whether he believes Jesse’s claim that they belong together while holding himself back for fear of being hurt again while the two continue their training in their efforts to figure out the source of the rifts. The first half of the book is fairly easy going and a little on the slower paced side; there is quite a bit revolving around the training that Leo and Jesse are being subjected to but there was also a side bit where Larreta’s past is explored which I found an interesting addition.
The second half of the book is where things really start happening, however, and while it may not be as action packed as some people would like, there was quite a bit of impact all the same. Attempts to discover the source of the rifts has unexpected consequences, both good and bad, and events in the rest of the book ripple out from this one part in ways I could not have predicted. And, God help me, as much as I hated some of it, I loved all of it. At one point I went from a reaction of ‘holy shit!’ to ‘oh damn’ ending in a somewhat stunned silence. I am not ashamed to say that I cried, I couldn’t help it. And the end of the book? Absolutely fantastic with another spot on set up for the next book and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to wait patiently to find out what happens next.
Ugh, this series is just shaping up so damn well and I pretty much adore everything about it. If you enjoy fantasy stories, stories set on another world or are just looking for something different and totally imaginative, I’d really recommend giving this series a go.