Myths and Mortals (Numina, #2) By Charlie N. Holmberg

    Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg builds her bewitching world of beasts and betrayal as the Numina Series continues.

    Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.

    Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get close to her again. What she doesn’t know is how much Rone gave up to protect her. Or how much more he is willing to give up to keep her safe.

    As chaos mounts, Sandis must determine whom to trust. After all, the lines between enemy and ally have never been less clear…and corruption lurks in the most unlikely of places. Myths and Mortals (Numina, #2)

    4.5 stars. This was almost as good as the first but I’ve docked half a star because there was quite a bit of angst for much of the book. Particularly liked the low level numen like a flying hamster. Rone and. sandis are very cute together. Fantasy, Romance, History Re-read to prepare for the 3rd book in the series!!

    Book – Myths & Mortals
    Author – Charlie N. Holmberg
    Series – Numina Trilogy
    Publication Date – April 16, 2019
    Genre – Fantasy
    Type – Part of Series
    Rating – 4 ½ out of 5 Stars

    Complimentary copy generously provided by the author (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

    My Thoughts - Story
    I read Smoke & Summons back in January as a First Read through Amazon and instantly fell in love with this story and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book of this series. What a surprise I had when I saw it on NetGalley and was approved for an ARC. I couldn’t download it fast enough and put all other reading aside to get into the story.

    I absolutely love Ms. Holmberg’s writing and instantly connect with all of the characters she writes about. And don’t get me started on her world-building and descriptive terms – I feel like I am transported directly into her fantasy world and am walking next to the characters and sharing in their adventures.

    Now, I feel like I need more of the story and can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy! When, oh, when is this being released….or even showing up on Goodreads? After that cliffhanger, my heart can't take much more waiting!

    Sorry that I can’t get into the story but this hasn’t been released yet and I wouldn’t want to give any of this masterpiece away!

    Reason for Reading – Loved the first book
    Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
    Steam – 4 out of 5 Stars
    Angst – 4 ½ out of 5 Stars
    Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
    Content Flow – 4 ½ out of 5 Stars
    Would Read More from Author? Yes
    Recommend To – Fantasy lovers Fantasy, Romance, History ***I received a free e-ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

    Though I had this eARC since February, it took me a lot longer to return to this series than I thought it would. Myths & Mortals is the sequel to Smoke & Summons and picks up the second after the first book concluded.

    Myths & Mortals is a hard one for me to rate, because while I LOVE the concept behind the series and I find the characters mildly amusing, I struggled a lot with the execution of this book. I think a big part of this had to do with the author’s writing style. There’s nothing bad about it, but it feels too direct too often. The author also has a tendency to focus on a lot of inner thoughts and emotions. Which again, isn’t a flaw, but I disliked that the reader is continuously told about these tumultuous emotional states, instead of being allowed to observe them and make their own connections.

    He smiled, and despite everything she knew about him, that single gesture puffed oxygen on the tiny ember of hope burning in her gut.


    Another disappointment that this sequel held for me was in the worldbuilding. The first book only shed a few lights on the workings of the city and the ancient Noscon culture. Which was fine, but then the sequel focused on the worldbuilding even less! I think the setting is one of the book’s stronger points, so to see it not given its proper attention made me really sad. I still feel like I barely know anything about this world.

    Another sore spot for me were the characters. I don’t know what it is about Sandis’s character, but she just…irks me. It’s refreshing to have a protagonist who is innocent and good-hearted and whose strength comes from her stubbornness and determination instead of stereotypical battle skills, but at the same time I was still annoyed with her. I think my issue with her is that she’s too much of a “special snowflake”; she doesn’t seem to have any flaws. I get that a “pure soul” is the key to humans being vessels, but c’mon, can’t Sandis have some sort of imperfection?

    That all being said…that cliffhanger, dude. Part of it was predictable and the ending was sorta rushed, but dang, I wanna know what happens next. I just looked up the summary of the third book, and it *finally* sounds like the plot hinges on delving deeper into the worldbuilding, which I’m excited about. If I can snag an ARC of the third book in the fall, I think I might finish the series, but if not, I don’t think it’s worth tracking down at the library or bookstore. Fingers crossed this book is merely a case of “second book syndrome” and the trilogy will finish strong. Because let’s be real: not much was accomplished in this book and it felt like a distorted echo of the first book’s plot.

    In conclusion, I would recommend this series if you’re looking for light fantasy and a quick & easy read, but if the premise of these books don’t intrigue you, they’re probably not worth your time.

    Trigger Warnings: slavery, torture/murder (harvesting humans for body parts), minor cutting for summoning (magic), homelessness, and a little bit of emotional manipulation early on.


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    Feb. 14 2019:

    WOW, I just finished reading the first book, went on Netgalley and saw the sequel was available as Read Now. I'm ecstatic.

    (Also, I wonder why the sequel is releasing only 2 months after the first book?? That seems like a really quick turn around but I'm also not complaining.) 😁 Fantasy, Romance, History WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK I NEED IT Fantasy, Romance, History Sandis has escaped Kazen's clutches and is now with the only family she still has, a great-uncle that takes her in, even though Rone is convinced that Talbur is the one that sold her to Kazen in the first place. But after Rone's betrayal, Sandis is in no mood to listen to him. It soon becomes clear that Talbur's patronage is not without price and Sandis is in trouble again and now without the numina that she was bound to. Meanwhile Kazen is still trying to bring Kolosos into our world.

    The middle volume of this fills out the city of Dresberg substantially as well as setting the stage for the final volume. There's a lot of time spent here on the relationship between Rone and Sandis, particularly around Rone's betrayal at the end of the previous book. Fantasy, Romance, History

    Myths

    Charlie N. Holmberg Ó 1 READ & DOWNLOAD

    I'm really enjoying this series and book 2 doesn't disappoint. All I'm going to say is Charlie is an evil genius and you MUST have book 3 nearby because when you finish this one, you're going to want to dive into book 3 right away! Fantasy, Romance, History Read my reviews at jenchaosreviews.com


    Review:
    Sandis has escaped Kazen’s clutches, Rone has lost his Amarinth in a dirty deal, Rone’s mother is safely in another country and Irith is now bound to another. In Myths and Mortals By Charlie N. Holmberg, action, intrigue, betrayal , and fear mounts as Sandis and Rone discover that Kazen is still alive and well and still trying to summon forth a world ending monster.

    Sandis is now living with a long lost uncle who is not the greatest when it comes to family. He is wealthy but crooked. He seems to want her for errands and strange nightly runs. Rone, however, despite the betrayal, of the first book, still looks out for her.

    But, when things go upside down at the uncle’s house, Rone ”catches ” Sandis, even though he is the most unlikely person she would want.

    Being tracked down by a skilled fighter and a man impervious to pain and possibly Kazen, Rone and Sandis make their plans with goons from the underworld.

    We meet other ”vessels” that become part of the story to stop Kazen. Bastien, Rist, and Kaili all have one thing in common with Sandis and Rone-stop Kazen at all cost.

    Does this all work out as planned?

    Is the mysterious fighter part of Kazen’s crew or is he from somewhere else?

    Readers will find the story is slow in some parts, but necessary for the development of the plot. The story wraps up nicely and ends with a high note and a cliffhanger.

    Writing:
    While the writing was good in the first book Smoke and Summons, it is more defined in this book, Myths, and Mortals. While I haven’t read any of her other series before, I suspect her writing and dialogue improves with each book she writes.

    Plot:
    The dialogue and narrative made for the plot to be thick and rich. I felt I could get into the story this time unlike the first book. There was less running and more story, more intrigue. There was certainly a lot going on, but it seemed to be all related to the main plot of the Kazen business.

    What I Liked:
    The in-depth story and the believable and eventual romance that occurred in the latter portion of the book made the story completely enjoyable. I also enjoyed all of the mystery and how the two of them went about trying to take care of the things that would eventually take down their enemy.

    What I Didn’t Like:
    In the end, there was a completely unbelievable meeting between Sandis and another person. I thought the person chosen was a little predictable, a small cookie cutter. It would have been more interesting had it been someone else she knew. However, this person, well, come on.

    Overall Impression:
    The book Myths and Mortals by Charlie N. Holmberg is a delight and full of wonder. It nicely wraps up the first book and answers some burning questions that were left for the reader of the series.

    Certainly after reading this book, one would want to read the third book in the aptly named trilogy in hopes of wrapping up and very involved story. I rated this a 4.0. Fantasy, Romance, History Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.

    Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get close to her again. What she doesn’t know is how much Rone gave up to protect her. Or how much more he is willing to give up to keep her safe.

    As chaos mounts, Sandis must determine whom to trust. After all, the lines between enemy and ally have never been less clear…and corruption lurks in the most unlikely of places.




    I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first book in this trilogy. After a while, Sandis began to annoy me. Honestly there was too much angst thrown in and it got annoying. I wanted the characters to move forward way before they did. I understood why sandis felt the way she did toward Rone, but it could have been resolved sooner.

    I thought the parts where Sandis was conflicted about who she was, and the way wanted so badly to feel wanted and loved, were compelling and heartbreaking. That was probably the best part about the story. I also found her difficulty giving up the life as a slave, due to her past connection with Irath and how much she missed that, to be interesting but frustrating at the same time.

    Just like the last book, the characters did some things that I thought were stupid, but I enjoyed this enough to give it 3 stars anyway. There is only one book left, and this book ended with something disastrous happening, but I'm not feeling compelled to read on at this time. I don't like when this happens. I want to feel the itch to keep reading. I want to be bursting with anticipation for the next book, especially when there is only one book left to go. So I'm rather frustrated with my lack of motivation to keep reading to get to the end of this trilogy. I'm not crossing it off my to-read list yet, but I will be reading other things until I either feel the urge to read it, or decide I just don't care enough to continue. Fantasy, Romance, History All I know is that I am inwardly screaming at that ending, and need to freak out over the cliffhanger.

    Let me write something more coherent when it's not 3am😳 Fantasy, Romance, History I love this new trilogy! Charlie has done a fabulous job on these books. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever read! Fantasy, Romance, History