Official Review: Divergent Chill by Brian Fontenot

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Official Review: Divergent Chill by Brian Fontenot

Post by Jax14 » 24 Mar 2016, 03:01

[Following is the official review of "Divergent Chill" by Brian Fontenot.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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This is the second book in the Divergent Chill fantasy series and can be read as a standalone book, but I would advise that the first book be read just for the sheer spectacle of it!

Divergent Chill: Fall of Night begins not too long after the first book in the series, Battle of Nesma, ends. The Divergent Chilali, of a race almost exclusively female, found in the sacred forest and blessed with extreme speed and strength but also with excessive anger, has survived her betrayal and attempted murder. While bound in her mountain prison, she discovers in her attempts to escape that she possesses an ice elemental power and begins her quest for revenge with her new persona of Chill. Her journey back to the Empire to kill those who imprisoned her is fraught with danger. Danger in that not only must she face a terrifying new foe in the form of Nightspawn, but danger in that what was once civil about her is slipping away and a vengeful, angry monster taking its place. Meanwhile Alden Amos, who still believes Chill to be dead, has escaped from the Emperor's clutches and is stationed at Rosewood when he receives word that the Ragebourne Shank is once again killing and eating children. As he sets out with a hunting party to confront Shank for the second time, he has no idea that this quest is part of a big political game which will pit friend against friend and force foes to work together. Will Chill succeed in her desire for justice for herself, and will Alden, when realising that he is a pawn in someone else's game manage to keep those he swore to protect, safe?

I was really impressed that even though over four years had elapsed between the two novels, that the author kept the continuity in style and flow of writing. Once again characters' emotions and actions were so well described that I was right there in their world with them. Chill's first encounter with the sea had me gasping for air as I experienced every breath that she took. The colours, shapes and textures of cities, clothing and landscapes were vividly and richly portrayed. As with the first book an epic battle creates the climax to this part of the story and the movements and actions of the characters were so intensely depicted that I could feel the blades rip into my skin; and when the inevitable deaths occurred, my heart felt shattered.

Unfortunately I was disappointed in the silly editing mistakes. There weren't too many, but enough to make you stop and have to reread sentences. Looking at the series as a whole I understand where certain elements are necessary to create the storyline, but I felt that some of the explanations of the political moves became a bit stale and long-winded, causing me to lose concentration. There is a lot of violence in the book, but in its context it's necessary for the story. Those with weak stomachs may be put off though.

I rate this book by Brian Fontenot 4 out of 4 stars and would recommend it for mature young adults and up. It is another impressive instalment in the series that takes you straight out of your current environment and smack into the grimy dust of a quest, the sumptuous smells of banquet food and the rough textures of a Ragebourne's pelt. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series.

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Post by DivergentZen » 24 Mar 2016, 14:23

Thanks for another great review, Jax.

As far as the silly editing mistakes, they are embarrassing. I'm planning a second edition of this book before I release the third.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, still, and I don't plan to let so much time lapse between books again!

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Post by Jax14 » 25 Mar 2016, 02:52

Thanks DivergentZen-good to know!

Keep up the great work...

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 04 Apr 2016, 07:51

That sounds very interesting. Stories about revenge usually pique my interest and Chill seems like a formidable character. Great review! Congratulations to Brian Fontenot on such a wonderful book.

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Post by purplepeepleeater » 19 Jun 2016, 11:25

good review, sounds like something I would like to read. Thank you!!!

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Post by gali » 19 Jun 2016, 11:26

Sounds good; betrayal, attempted murder, an ice elemental power. Cool!

Congratulations to the author for getting a good review and being Book of the Day! :tiphat:
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Post by dina s » 19 Jun 2016, 11:27

good review with interesting info about the book, my stomach is alittle weak, but I might give it a try :)

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Post by signed » 19 Jun 2016, 11:36

Thanks for the review!

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Post by truebookaddict » 19 Jun 2016, 13:05

Great review! I like the description of the action and the constructive points too. Sounds like the author has quite an accomplished series, especially after the editing mistakes are corrected.
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Post by jungkookblog » 19 Jun 2016, 13:20

Awesome review! Gotta love fantasy books.

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Post by BunnySTx » 19 Jun 2016, 16:25

Talk about a really good review!! This sounds like a really good book that I'd want to read! Definitely adding to my TBR shelf! Going to have to get the first one and then start from there! Sounds good though! Thanks for your review!
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Post by MandalynnJDG » 19 Jun 2016, 18:58

This sounds like an awesome book! Looking forward to reading it!

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Post by DivergentZen » 19 Jun 2016, 19:07

Hope you enjoy it if you check it out. Today marks one year since it's initial Kindle release and I'm glad I can celebrate the occasion a little with all of you.

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 19 Jun 2016, 20:16

I love that it can be read as a standalone novel even with being the second book. It sounds like an action-packed adventure!
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Post by bluemel4 » 19 Jun 2016, 21:34

Great review! I love that this works as a stand alone book and as part of a series. You have a way with words! Your description of reading this book is wonderful!
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