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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler continues his wondrous Harbinger series in which two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries - her greatest trial yet.

An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne - a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

Sera’s hope lies in Cettie, a waif raised in the world below, whose life has intertwined with Sera’s in the most unexpected ways. The Mysteries come easily to Cettie, and her studies have begun to yield new insight into her growing powers. But those same powers put Cettie in the path of those who would destroy her.

Now as the threat of war ignites and an insidious sickness spreads throughout the kingdom, Sera and Cettie will need to gather their courage and fight for each other’s lives…and for the future of their endangered world.

©2018 Jeff Wheeler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Spencer
  • 2018-09-05

Great characters, and intriguing plot.

Jeff Wheeler has an amazing ability to weave a story. Cettie and Sera are believable, and it is easy to see people you know similar to them in your own life. They are fallible and make mistakes, have biased thoughts, and it makes them all the more real. Sometimes you want to reach into the book and shake some sense into them.

I love the way that Jeff has woven this story and others from his other series. There is a definite progression, in the society, technology, and magics. So while the world is familiar, it still finds ways to surprise and excite me.

Jeff is also not shy about addressing social issues and probing the arguments on both sides of those issues. it really inspires introspection and deeper thought which I love. Even with all of this, and delving into difficult and sometimes upsetting subjects, he still maintains an overall sense of positivity and hope, in the midst of the trials and heartache.

Last thing, I appreciate that his books are clean. He will say someone cursed, or relate bad things without going into details, etc. I know that I could give any of his books to a young reader and not worry about what's in them. That is a relief to me.

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  • Bonnie Dankosky
  • 2018-09-04

Really loved the second installment of this series

The second in the Harbinger Series, was definitely not a disappointment. Leaves you wanting more. The narrator was wonderful.

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  • M. Hoppe
  • 2018-09-06

A disappointing sequal

I loved the first book and was thrilled the sequel would be released so soon. But sadly this book wasn't nearly as engaging as the first, mainly because the characters felt flat, and the prose often felt quite preachy. The melding of the series's universe with that of others by the author felt odd and a bit forced. Overall, this just felt like a filler for whatever the author has planned for book 3, which I still plan to listen to/read but I would have happily skipped this one for a chapter-length recap.

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  • Marie Vance
  • 2018-08-31

Wheeler and Rudd strike again!

I haven’t been this entranced by a story series like this since I discovered the Harry Potter series. The amazing world painted by Wheeler and the incredible story of Sara and Cettie are captivating enough and then Rudd brings them and all the characters to life in such a heartfelt and animated way. I promised myself I would take this one slowly and savor it but I just couldn’t stop! I will be turning to the rest of Wheeler’s works until November when book 3 is released!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-30

amazing!

Naturally, Jeff wheeler never disappoints!! And, of course Kate Rudd is as always a top performer bringing the story to life.

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  • James Bono
  • 2018-11-28

Thanks for another great story.

I loved the story, the characters, and the world. I also loved this readers voice, and performance.

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  • PR
  • 2018-11-04

Absolutely love Jeff Wheeler and Kate Rudd-AMAZING

Absolutely loved everything about this book and the narration!! The characters are developed so nicely and the plots and twists and turns kept me on my feet the entire time. Kate does amazing narrations and no one else could have done this better!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-10-13

Kate Rudd makes all stories great

I truly enjoy anything read by Kate Rudd. I also very much enjoyed the crossover surprises.

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  • raisa484
  • 2018-10-05

love this world in all its presentations!!

love the msg the story the characters and the way he expresses the wold and its misteries

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  • H Porter
  • 2018-10-02

What a great series

My mom recommend this series to me. And I am so glad. It is so well written. So I wished to recommend it to everyone else. You won't be sorry.

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