Wings of the Butterfly
By S.M. Pace (aka Brilliant Author)
Date Published: August 15, 2014
Synopsis: Three nations teeter on the brink of war, and caught in the middle, a brother and sister find themselves surrounded by dangers they never imagined.
Adopted by the Yurha, Toby still struggles to properly fit in. Hunting in the forest, he stumbles across a jeweled cuff that attaches to his wrist and won’t come off. Afraid at first, he is soon thrilled to discover the cuff carries powerful magic. But as he tries to control it, he realizes the cuff is still linked to its original owner - an owner who will go to cruel lengths to get his magic back.
Miles away, Toby’s twin sister Ora struggles with life in a strange city. She and family have fled Yois for Nietza, where Ora will not be arrested for possessing magic. However, Nietza is not the magical paradise Ora had imagined. Despite her new friends, she can’t feel safe in a country where women are little more than pawns.
Secrets, brutal murders and war edging ever closer drive both siblings from their safe places. Failure to stop those who pursue them will mean a fate worse than death.
S. M. Pace
S. M. Pace lives with her husband in the wilds of Virginia, along with a pond full of fish, a turtle and too many squirrels. When she's not writing, she's wrangling a dozen pre-schoolers, learning a new recipe or reading.
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My Thoughts: (This section makes me feel quite important)
Ooh, I'm honestly so scared that I won't do this book justice, so I'll just come right out and say it. I loved this book. And when I say loved, I mean absolutely adored. I actually had to go and read Shadow of the Wolf, the first in the series, and I was hooked. Honestly. You can ask anyone who came into contact with me this past week: I've been recommending the series. Even to my teachers. Like they care.
The imagery is so phenomenal. I could see everything Pace was telling me. Every leaf on the tree. My mind was drawing a map of the entire land. The imagination used was great. This is definitely original. And Pace also has such a talent for story telling. It's incredible what she does with this fantasy series. Incredible to the point of some of the bigger-name fantasy series. It's that good.
The characters continue to be awesome. I could definitely be frustrated with them for small things, but then I'd realize that I couldn't remain angry. At all. I love them too much. They have depth and voices. I know who is who no matter what is happening.
The plot was very well paced. Nothing happened too fast, and the climax was lovely. Pace is great at action scenes, suspense scenes, etc.
I only had one problem with Wings, which actually carried over from the first book. The lack of background. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of background information that is included. But just a tiny bit is missing. The biggest of that tiny bit is the background of the land. I have absolutely no idea of much about the land at all; I just know there are nations. And each nation seems to have a ruler. It's quite odd, though, because even though I don't know much history, I wasn't confused. My mind simply couldn't answer questions it asked, but I still adored these two books.
Also, a few questions are left answered. My biggest one is who are the murderers?
That ending was fantastic. I need to find out when the third book will be released so I can keep reading. Mrs. Pace, if you are reading this, please keep me in mind when you find that bit of information out.
Overall, this book had me hooked. I'm so so so grateful for Reading Addiction Book Tours for sending me my copy and inviting me to the tour. I'm in a new fandom because of it. And I need to go on Amazon and get myself a paperback copy. Because wow, I loved this. And I can't even stop saying that.
Rating: 5 stars. This isn't a question for me. This book deserves it, along with a million more readers. I'll get on that.