Reviewed by Dan
SERIES: The Oberon Cycle #2
AUTHOR: J. Scott Coatsworth
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 294 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018
Sometimes the world needs saving twice.
In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.
Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.
In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.
Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?
Here we are back with the next installment in J. Scott Coatsworth’s Oberon Cycle series. When the story begins, we pick up quite seamlessly from the end of book one, Skythane, and in my opinion, you can’t read this one without reading the first book first. The character development, story background, etc., are all crucial to this current book.
The sundered planet has been reunified. Oberon and Titania are one, but at what cost? There are earthquakes, and upheavals, and huge storms. Will anyone survive? And what about the bad guys at Obercorp? Now that it is one world, they can easily find their way to the Titania side of the planet.
Well, as for Obercorp, it turns out they are already there. They’ve been instrumental in the drug trade and the subjugation of the Skythane for years. Since Xander and Jameson now know the secrets of their own backgrounds and are falling in love, can they combat the evil corporation?
Not so fast. As the blurb says, their love might have had some help of a ‘mickey’ slipped into their drinks as it were. Is any of it real?
I’ll be honest. There were a few occasions when I got a little annoyed at the MCs. There is a huge issue because of the ‘mickey’ and neither wants to believe their love is real. When one believes and the other doesn’t it might have caused me a little aggravation. I wanted to reach into the story and shake someone.
I liked the author’s progression and continuation of the first book. Again, keeping it honest, I have to say that I liked Skythane a little better than this one, but only because this one is sort of a bridge to the next, and I believe, final piece. I tried to dislike Xander’s ex, Alix, but I think he is misunderstood. I love the character of Morgan and really feel for him…I’ll be interested in how book three plays out. I’ll be rooting for his character.
I recommend this one, but…read Skythane first as I said above.