Rise to Hope – A.J. Flowers

36341492In Book #2 of the Celestial Downfall Trilogy, Azrael must face the current ruler of Celestia – the Seraphim – in order to take her place as the rightful queen. With Gabriel taken captive and no one to trust, Azrael’s only hope is to forgive those who have wronged her in the past.

I liked Rise to Hope better than the first book in this series. I kind of forgot what had happened in Book #1, but that didn’t really matter because the story kicked off immediately and was pretty fast-paced. To be honest, not that much actually happens – there’s very little plot progression – but this was still an entertaining story.

I found Azrael much less annoying this time around. She had gained some much needed confidence in herself and her position, and her determination to get things done was admiral. The romantic aspect was also almost non-existent, what with Gabriel spending the entire book locked away. I liked this because it was nice to read a fantasy adventure without any reliance on the male love-interest.

My favourite character was definitely Hyanthia. We got to know her much better in this book and she’s probably the most developed character (much more so than Azrael). I really like the perspective in this series that no one is all good or all bad. Even the demons have good qualities and it’s an interesting touch that only some characters are able to see that.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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