3 out of 4 stars
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Metaphase by Mitchel Street is the second book in a series. There is a long legacy of people who have special abilities to control the energies that surround us every day. These people are evolved from normal humans and have developed into different species, including ones that can change to look like birds or big cats. Piper is the savior princess who was born to save these evolved people from her dictator brother. She must learn to fight for her life quickly and use all of the power and skill that she has because her brother is the most powerful leader that has ever existed.
This book begins almost exactly where the first book in the series leaves off and because of this, I would not recommend anyone attempt to read this book without having first read Prophase, the first book in the series. Piper has discovered that she is the savior princess of an evolved species and that her older brother is a violent dictator. Piper must avoid being caught by him or she risks being killed and destroying any hope this evolved people have of getting out from under his ruling thumb. This book is the next chapter in the journey that Piper takes to develop her abilities towards being able to take her brother down.
I enjoyed this book for its creative storytelling and vivid details but did find some of the sections difficult to follow because they were too descriptive. In particular, the fight scenes included in this book are extremely detailed and can sometimes be difficult to follow without rereading. The story is interesting and kept my attention, even though some crazy life changes that have happened to me while reading it and I look forward to continuing the story in the next book.
Overall, I would rate the book 3 out of 4 stars because of the confusing sequences that take place in this book. The first book did not seem to have that same confusion for me, so with a bit of editing, I believe this book could read smoother. There were a few minor errors as well, mostly missing end quotations and minor misspellings that affected my overall rating. However, I would read this book again and recommend others to give it a chance as well.
I would recommend any reader who enjoys the fantasy genre to read through this series, including young adult readers. There is no graphic violence or gratuitous sex scenes, but it does maintain a level of sophisticated writing that can be intriguing for adults as well as younger readers. This is a commitment to the entire series though, as the book will be impossible to understand if the first one is not read. If you are a reader who does not want to make a multiple book commitment I would avoid starting the series.
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