Book Review – Palom by L L McNeil

palom‘Now the fighting’s over, you want to pick up where we left off? How? Everything’s changed.’

Linaria’s cities lie in ruin and her lands are scarred following Aciel’s war. The devastation worsens as dragons turn against the survivors in retribution for Aciel slaying their kin and stealing their power.

As the world attempts to recover from one global war and arm itself against another, Palom, hero and creator of the dragon-forged weapons that thwarted Aciel, flees across the Val Sharis wilds to rid himself of unwanted fame. Overwhelmed by guilt for failing to protect loved ones, his greatest threat is not just the weapons he created, but the new shadow growing over Linaria.

He is accompanied by a dragon hatched in his care – but with the god-like creatures turning against the world, will she be his salvation or destruction?

Discover new friends and rejoin old ones in World of Linaria – Book Two.

Palom is the second novel in an epic six-book saga, following a group of characters as war rages across their world. With pirates and soldiers, smiths and princes, Linaria is a vibrant land with a deeply unsettled past and an equally ominous future.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starNo-Star

Another excellent foray to Linaria! This picks up straight after Moroda, and deals a lot with the fall out of that.

I do have a niggle that actually there is not a lot of drive forward but a lot of reacting, but it felt honest to the plot. And I think it means book 3 will explode forward, lol!

Palom was more nuanced in this, and we begin to see some of what drives him. I wanted a little more around the struggles he’s had with his family, but it was good to get to see that and provide context to him. And I really enjoyed his relationships throughout – the sadness of his contact with people was nicely contrasted by the dragon! Leillu is so adorable. And I’m also keen to see how the situation with the sword plays out given various different reactions to it – I’m hoping Palom is correct and there is more to it.

Amarah continues to be epic, and I found her amazing throughout. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what she does next, especially given she suffers quite a bit in this book. Her ongoing talks with Kohl were also great, and I really liked how he struggled with them. His relationship with his people and his daughter both changed in different ways, and I wanted to see the former make him feel a bit better.

I really enjoyed Sapora in book one, but here I found him a little two dimensional, he was so focussed on suddenly defending what he had, and concentrating less on what that meant for those around him. Isa however was awesome, and her journey was just amazing. I loved everything about her.

Bring on book 3!

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Buy Palom from Amazon UK.

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