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The Plan Commences

The Rising, Book 2
Written by: Kristen Ashley
Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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From the unparalleled imagination of New York Times best-selling author Kristen Ashley comes Book Two in The Rising, an enchanting new fantasy romance series that will sweep you away! 

Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land.      

This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake....

©2019 Kristen Ashley (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • lila
  • 2019-12-18

Onto Book THREE

LOVED
I love the female characters, really the best In all KA history. They are strong, loyal, loving, brave, fierce, funny, smart, flawed in different ways but even with their flaw they better themselves each time you see them. My two favorite males are MARS and TRUE.... Cassius and Armus need to catch up. that's all I'll say HAHA, they have such great potential, but their words when they are hurt go over the line for me personally. I love the world-building, the secondary characters, the political plots, the beast plot and seeing some old but LOVED characters. A lot happens in this book. moved way smoother and faster than the book before.

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The three-way couple!!! lol let me just say Open relationship... I just could not care for them, I wish the main couples took up that space.

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The villains are way too many and I get confused by them at times lol I wish someone made a graph. There is the rising, the society and something else, IDK tho. I feel so bad for Elena's older sister, she was a complete B but my god if she finds out what is being done to her, it could actually break her....I feel like KA was way too harsh on Elenas older sister then she was on any other characters *Cassius, tadre, aromas or even on any other characters. TBH is not like she has done any worse then Cassius or armus in her words or actions. It breaks my heart that she is being deceived in the worst way ever! In a way, It's a little of Elena and her mother's fault for allowing her behavior to get that BAD especially with the power she carries. She was not told her behavior was unacceptable, she went on without consequence. I feel like she was deeply insecure because she felt like she did not deserve to be queen but to save her ego she told herself that she is Firstborn and that she will be the queen. No one told her any differently when you love someone you have to be able to tell them the things they are doing are harmful and unacceptable. Hiding the truth will hurt everyone.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2019-12-18

Not for the shy

This book is not for the sexually shy, but it’s not as viciously explicit as book 1.
We start the book with executions from the attack on Mars’ palace, then Mars and Silence’s wedding, then Sophia’s funeral.
The couples each find ways to spend time alone, and the three overcome barriers to their intimacy. It’s only True and Farrah that wait until their wedding day, which is beautiful and deadly.
Even the Beast has found a mate - and is more active than anyone is aware.
I love the multicast narration.

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  • brash
  • 2019-12-23

On The Edge Of My Seat

I have been anticipating this series for some time... KA has been teasing us with it for months. I have been dedicated to listening to this book..... with each new part I hear I become more addicted <3 Mars and Silence are my favorite couple!! I have become an adoring champion for each couple! The first two parts have definitely packed a punch with each installment. I do not know how I can wait til Jan 21 for the next part. We are left with a huge OMG moment!

PSA to those who are not fans of curse words, detailed sex, and violence should probably not start this series. The violence is not in ghastly detail, but mentioned.

I am a huge KA fan will be counting down the days till the next two parts!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-22

From one of your oldest (73) fans

As usual loved the two books ! I’m sure ill read them more then once. Love the extended cast too !

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  • HilZie
  • Somewhere, TX
  • 2019-12-21

can't stop listening

I love this series. So full of intrigue and magic. I love the full cast of voices that Audible had to bring the different characters to life. It allows for what could possibly be a very confusing story, with its multiple POV, to become engrossing as each voice takes on a POV. It's a story that has so much potential and so many possibilities that as soon as I'm done with one, I'm quickly on to the next book.

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  • BrookeJ
  • 2019-12-19

Huge spoilers for her other books

This is a great series and it’s definitely worth reading BUT if you, like myself are in the middle of her fantasyland series, DO NOT listen to this book until you finish that series. I’m kind of mad, sure I like the idea of introducing other characters from her other books, but they went into way too much detail from a completely other series. Why? Huge spoilers for no reason. Also the voice actor for Farrah is not my favorite.

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  • dbbooknerd
  • FORT WORTH, TX, US
  • 2019-12-22

Romance, Intrigue, and Suspense

After the first book, I was hooked and couldn't wait to have the second one released. It did not disappoint! It's fantastical plot and constant suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Bishop 13
  • Redmond, WA
  • 2019-12-21

I'm not a fantasy fan, but this Epic is Great!!!

Kristen Ashley is a tremendous author but not a fan of her fantasy books. BUT, "The Rising" part 1 and 2 is a great EPIC. The storyline, suspense, characters, and thrilling romances will make for a timeless Classic Series.

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  • XmasMom
  • 2019-12-20

WOW just WOW!

Love it! Can't wait for # 3.
Bad real bad that they lost the queen and what about True & Farah...they must make it or everything is lost.
Really like that we see Frey, Finnie, Apollo, Darcy and all the rest of the Fantastical gang giving a helping hand.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-20

OMG

This book is so good that I cannot wait until the next installment. Kristen just gets better and better

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