Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #2) by Rena Barron, ARC Review

WOW!!!!!!!! 😍 😍 😍 😍 (I still don’t know if my brain can form coherent sentences, but here it goes.)

The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my own opinion.

If I had to sum up this book in a phrase, it would be, Oh, Arrah. It’s not easy being Arrah. Not when she doesn’t have what she wants, and not when she has it, either. This girl has the burden of the world on her shoulders, and a huge crisis to solve–a crisis her family contributed to quite actively.

I also haven’t seen this many plot twists in a book. My jaw was dropping, and I was gasping every few pages. Rena Barron has created a masterful book, weaving plot threads like a Goddess of Writing, and thus creating one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. Most second books in a series aren’t as good as the first book. But this one, oh this one delivered exquisite magical adventures with different casts of characters (depending on your POV) that had me in awe.

The richest of world-buildings. We traveled a lot. We saw many different places, in many different ways, and I never felt confused or lost. The writing kept me in that place, and Arrah propelled us forward.

A main character who you root for and empathize with. I love Arrah. She’s my girl. I winced every time she hurt, and I wanted to hug her so many times.

This is a multi-POV book, in case you’re interested in this information. Arrah, Rudjek, and one more that I’ll keep a secret. I’m not a fan of multi-POVs, but this one I loved. All three POVs are necessary to deliver this multi-layered story, and you’ll end up liking them all, like I did. Having said that, in the first 40% of the book, there are some scenes that could have been cut. I personally enjoy this world so much that it didn’t bother me, but I did find some scenes that could have been omitted.

This series is spectacular. One of the best fantasy book series out there. Please, please, buy it and spread the word. Reaper of Souls is a showcase of masterful writing, plot-threading magic, deep character developments, and beauty all in all–even in the cruelest moments.

100+++ stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Author: Rena Barron
Publisher: HarperCollins/HarperVoyager

Some helpful links:

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Target

(Release date: February 18th!)

TIPS! Rena Barron is doing a pre-order campaign so check her social media for more details! The pre-order gifts are STUNNING!

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