I received this book for free from the Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Riot of Storm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision
on August 18th 2015
Source: Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours
War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.
Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium-- the kingdom she's just learned is hers.
But with the King's ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.
The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.
It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King's strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won't let her kingdom down without a fight.
This post is already long, so for my review, I will do bulletpoints of things I loved about Riot of Storm and Smoke.
- You can read my review of book 1, Threats of Sky and Sea, but know that Riot of Storm and Smoke perfectly built upon it, delivering on all the potential conflict that was set up.
- So many awesome ladies! There are so many wonderful female characters who are strong in many different ways. It was really refreshing to see authentic female relationships when I’m so used to characters who don’t want to be like other girls or have a collection of frenemies.
- Things got real. In book 1, things were secret and everyone was trying to avoid disaster. Now, it’s too late for that and everyone has to act. I loved seeing all of the characters navigate their new world. Plus, as my friend Jen Ryland points out on occasion, on-the-run books can feel really aimless. Luckily, I never felt that here!
- Bree’s development from book 1. Bree went through some crazy stuff at the end of book 1, and I loved that it basically dictated her character arc for book 2. Watching her struggled was difficult, and a few times I even yelled at my book when I thought she was making a bad decision.
- Great new characters! Plus, a lot of the new characters have some funny dialog, which makes them even better.
- There was plenty of kissing and romance. Dare I say that I want even more in book 3?
- That ending! WHAT!? This is going to be a long wait.
This is actually one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done on here, which might be saying something since I’ve been blogging since 2008!
Hi Jen! Thanks for answering some questions! I loved Threats of Sky and Sea and am so excited for Riot of Storm and Smoke. Let’s jump in for anyone who hasn’t read them. What’s your one sentence or twitter-length pitch?
I’ll go with Twitter! So, for each book in less than 140 characters, here you go ^_^
For Threats: To free her father, Bree grapples with kings & Elementals as she uncovers her father’s secrets—secrets that could bring a war
For Riot: On the run, Bree races to warn Nereidium of the impending war. But the king has a new weapon and consequences are more dire than ever before
The end of Threats of Sky and Sea was a pretty real game-changer for the characters. What can we expect in book 2?
The game continues to change! Bree, in particular, is left reeling from the events of Threats, and spends much of Riot trying to accept them. There’s also a shift from the quiet defiance of the main characters in Threats. In Riot, most of the cards are on the table and it becomes a race for the characters to get to where the long arm of the Egrian King can’t reach them. To make alliances. To prepare.
What is the scene you are most excited for readers to read in book 2?
SPOILERS. But, while there are quite a few scenes I’m excited for readers to get to, I’m probably most excited for the very last scene because it’s a doozy, if I do say so myself.
[Steph adds: IT IS A DOOZY. SHE IS NOT LYING.]
How was writing a sequel different from writing a first book?
Writing a book in general is a challenge, but sequels present new ones. I wanted to make sure I told a new, interesting story, while continuing the larger series arc that I began in Threats and I hoped that I managed to stay true to the elements that readers responded to in the first book.
Do you have any routines or practical advice that helps you get your writing done?
I know a lot of people give the advice that you should write every day, but I find my writing days are way more productive when I give myself a day or so in-between. Sometimes more, depending on what my mental state is like. So my advice is, write every time you feel up to it. If you find yourself with creative energy, get thee to a computer or a notebook.
Where do you write, and would you be willing to share a picture of your writing space?
Very occasionally, I write at a desktop, but lately, I’ve been writing in bed on my laptop… I probably should make more of an effort to work at a desk for the sake of my posture, but for now, I’m here:
You were actually the person (at BEA a few years ago) who insisted that I read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, which ended up being one of my all-time favorite series. So, what series are you currently fangirling over?
YAY!!! I’m so happy that you listened to me (and I’m super excited to get to Bardugo’s next in her Grisha-verse, Six of Crows)! 😀
I’m pretty much always fangirling over the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I also super love the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers and The Archived by Victoria Schwab.
And I have high hopes that I’ll go full-on fangirl for Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (I adored Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy).
[Steph adds: YES! Love so many of these! And now I can no longer put off reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab.]
And finally, what question do you want to answer that no one ever asks?
OH, YES. I love this question because I want to talk about my favorite ‘ship. *clears voice*
“Jen, what’s your OTP (One True Pairing)?”
This will surprise exactly no one who knows me even tangentially, but my OTP is Usagi/Mamoru from Sailor Moon (aka Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask). I love the way they bicker and fight their attraction in the first season. I love the reincarnation angle as well as their superhero lives. I love how dorky they are in the anime. I still indulge in Sailor Moon fanfiction to this day and I’ve been known to spend hours making Sailor Moon jokes and head canons with old friends from the fandom.
[Steph adds: Excuse me while I go listen to the music from the original dub on YouTube.]
Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.