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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Indie Book Review: Once We Were Like Wolves (Tears of Rage #2) by M. Todd Gallowglas

Author: M. Todd Gallowglas
Series: Tears of Rage
Number in Series: 2
Format: Kindle
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Pages: 253
Publisher: Bard's Cloak of Tales
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Epic Fantasy

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Synopsis from Amazon

In this second volume of TEARS OF RAGE, while fleeing from the followers of the God of Death, Julianna encounters her new god's followers for the first time. While battles rage and loyalties are tested, Julianna learns that being the first chosen comes with a higher price than she expected.
And so Continues, TEARS OF RAGE, a dark, epic fantasy saga about the power of faith and belief, where even though the gods can inspire these qualities in mortals, it is those same mortals that truly control the religions that form from any god's divine inspiration. It is also a swashbuckling tale of political intrigue where men scheme against each other and the gods, and how friendship, loyalty, and faith can help people persevere through the darkest times.


     Finally! It has taken me forever to get this here. I am glad I finally can share this. Once We Were Like Wolves is the sequel to Tears of Rage and I am glad to report, I think this was better than book 1. The story is amazing and we get more characters that are very interesting. One in which I think I have a crush on. Oh yes, I have a big smile on my face.

     This story continues to follow our main character Julianna who has just become the new Lord Morigahn. Grandfather Shadow has just been released from his prison and he has plans. But in order for those plans to go through, Julianna must truly embrace what she is now and how to handle her new powers. Everyone, gods and humans alike have their own agenda where Julianna is concerned. So she has a lot of growing to do and she must do it quickly because lives are on the line.

     Gallowglas did such a wonderful job with this story. I love our main character Julianna. All this power has basically fallen into her lap and she doesn't go nuts with power. I love that we see a vulnerable side to her. That she is as scared about what she is and is trying to accept that she won't have a normal life. I love that we get more of Faelin, Julianna's best friend. He knows more about what it means to be the Lord Morigahn and helps her great deal in the book. I both love and hate that we see they have an attraction to each other, but they can't be together because of what she is. I hope we can see more of that in the future.

     I love that this time around we have a lot more story. We have different subplots and they all flow together beautifully. I had a little issue with that in the last book. We had a lot of characters, but we didn't learn a lot about them. In this one, we have those characters and more, and we get a taste of all of them and what they are about. I am especially excited over the new character Damian. He seems to find himself in interesting predictaments, but he thinks fast on his feet which really saves him. He definitely has luck on his side (that is what I call it) and he has some connection to the higher ups, but we don't know yet. One thing I will say is that he doesn't seem to fit in with the time of the book. Damian has this sort of Old Western cowboy feel to him. Definitely an adventurous one, that is for sure.

    The only complaint I have is that there are quite a bit of grammar and spelling issues. There seems to be a tad more in this book than the first book, but I was invested enough in the story so it didn't take much from it. But it was a bit distracting. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book. Like I said, it is better than the first one. And again, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones like me, you will eat this book up. The story is rich and keeps you on your toes. There is even more action in this book mixed with plenty of magic. So if you are looking for a read that will keep you guessing and take you on an epic ride, check this out today.


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