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Even the Darkest Stars #2

All the Wandering Light

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After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?

448 pages, Hardcover

First published December 4, 2018

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Heather Fawcett

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Hello! Welcome to my page.

I'm the author of books for adults and children, including Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries, Even the Darkest Stars, Ember and the Ice Dragons, The School Between Winter and Fairyland, and more.

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67 reviews915 followers
May 19, 2019
A perfect ending to one of my favourite duologies!
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749 reviews96 followers
February 3, 2019
3.5 stars
After that epic betrayal and high emotion roller coaster in book 1, I expected an equally epic reconciliation between Kamzin & River. I was left dissapointed in that aspect. I wanted anger, so much anger and hurt. And heart. I wanted heartfelt words and high emotions, but all we really got from River was some vague amusement and interest.

I just needed more for him after the glimpses of compassion and fear we saw in book 1. The love story was lack luster and thrust forward with a feeling that will leave you feeling dissapointed "wait, that's it? Just like that?" In sorry it was incredibly bland and lackluster.

And maybe that's just not how River and Kamzin operate, but after accomplishing great characterizations and world building in EtDS, I was expecting to be on the edge of my seat, not a rapid regression on both fronts. It seems to me that Fawcett tried to write in too much plot in too few pages. As a result, the characters are bland and every plot is left unfinished. I think this needed to be a trilogy.

The plot will remind you a bit of the movie based on Neil Gaiman's novel, Stardust, so if you liked that, you'll probably be into this sequel

The race is on, will the Witches or the Azmiri Trio (Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem) reach the star and claim it's powers first?

With Azar-at at her side, Kamzin struggles to find the line between using the fire demon's magic too much as well as too little. Constantly at odds with her sister, Lusha, we see into Kamzin's thoughts and her resentment towards her sister. Unfortunately, nothing ever comes of that, which is a bit frustrating, given how much Lusha aggravated Kamzin. I was waiting for them to hash it out, but they never did. They do have each other's backs, always , but I never really understood why. They're always at odds but fiercely loyal to each other. Lusha, especially carries out her own agendas without consulting Kamzin, frequently. It is a point of tension that is never addressed.

We get some more myth about this world. Wind demons are introduced but we never truly get the full story, since not much is known, even in the books, but I wanted to know more.

For how big a role Lusha played, I find it hard to believe she didn't get a POV when even Mara, who I felt just barely accepted tolerance towards, got a POV. There is so much going on with Lusha behind the scenes and In her head , it begged to be explored
All the wondering light, like it's predecessor, is insanely well written, despite my grivences with the lack of emotion portrayed on all fronts from all characters. We are taken into an adventure once again on icy mountains of death, chasing a myth, fighting witches, and playing the part at court.

There is so much left un-answered. SO MUCH.
I can only hope that Fawcett is planning a spin off series which addresses:

1. What comes of the blossoming romance between Lusha & the Emperor
2. who is Ragtooth, really?
3. How does River really feel about being ousted from the court and life he fell into so easily. Did he feel want regret in losing a friend in the Emperor? Did he ever consider them friends. What is going on inside his head? Why did he decide to choose to follow Kamzin above all else?
4. River is the King of the witches- doesn't that have to be addressed even a little bit? Witches going into hiding was just not enough of an answer.

My hope is that we get spin-off that follows A future daughter of River and Kamzin (given they need stronger shaman's with witch blood in the world anyway) that take us on a journey to understand more of the mythology and gives a peek into the lives of old characters, hopefully I addressing all the questions left unanswered, and a final resolution for witches and humans both.

I will accept nothing but bad-assery and repentance in this book. Kamzin. River. I SHIP THEM. SO. HARD.
Profile Image for Cassie.
349 reviews65 followers
February 6, 2019

“the best explorers make the night a little brighter.”

i almost gave this a full 5 stars, but then i realized that we didn’t get some answers that i felt could have added to the story. while the story did wrap up beautifully, there’s still a few burning questions that i have that will likely never get answered because this is just a duology.

however, i will forever cherish this story and these characters for the rest of my life.

this world is so lush and vivid. these characters have forever stolen my heart. especially river, he’s officially one of my all-time favorite characters. there was so much action in this concluding sequel. especially towards the end, hot damn. and there was a twist in here that i didn’t see coming and i had to sit here for a good five minutes and physically close my jaw bc i just was stunned.

i’m so gutted that this story is over and i’ll never be with these characters again. (unless i reread, of course. which i can so see myself doing in the future)

i recommend this duology with my whole heart and soul. please treat yourself to this epic polar fantasy that will for sure have your heart strings being pulled from time-to time. ❤️
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265 reviews158 followers
March 14, 2021
The appearance of enemies to lovers made me love the sequel so much more than the first book.💗 Overall, I really enjoyed this duology. I feel like a Novella in the future could give us more insight on to what happens after with Tem, Kamzin and even the Emperor.
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679 reviews91 followers
March 25, 2020
“You're like the wind - you're meant to be out there, among the mountains and the stars, fighting storms and monsters and anything else foolish enough to get in your way.”

I can't. I CAN'T. This is the second time I have read this dueology, and I love it even MORE. There's just something about this story that is so unique, compelling, and beautiful that I haven't found yet, and I don't believe that I ever will.

All the Wandering Light takes place immediately after the end of Even the Darkest Stars. Kamzin makes her way down from the peak of Mount Rashka, broken, defeated, and without her mangy fox familiar. After failing to stop River from his task of freeing his people, she, Tem, and Lusha begin making their way back to Azmiri village to warn their families about the return of the witches. However, circumstances arise and Kamzin discovers that a star has fallen on a nearby summit, so the ragtag group goes on another adventure to find the star and deliver it to the emperor so he can use it to protect the empire. With River metaphorically breathing down their necks as he also hunts for the star, it's a race against the clock for Kamzin and crew.

Heather Fawcett did everything so well . Suspense and intrigue? mhmm. A thick plot and enticing action? She's got it. Character growth and lovable yet annoying interactions between characters we got to know so well in the first book? Yup. A heart-wrenching betrayal from someone the MC had gotten to know really well over the span of a significant amount of time? Yup. Kamzin's realistic reaction and long term behaviors due to the betrayal of someone close to her? Hell yeah, she did it well.
I realized that I missed River. Not the person he had turned out to be, but the person I had thought he was.... The River who had been my friend.... I had always felt like an outsider in Azmiri. Traveling with River had been the first time I'd felt like I belonged somewhere. I wondered if I would ever feel that way again.

I have such a kink for authors who know how to write physical and mental reactions to traumas, no matter how slight the incident. Before the eventual reunion with River, Kamzin spends a good portion of this book struggling with the acceptance of her own emotions and conflicting feelings of guilt and rage, and I just love how much time Fawcett put into allowing Kamzin time to deal with that shit. You don't see that in many YA books anymore.

I mean, obviously our two lovable idiots meet up again like halfway through the book, and yelling and chaos resumes, but still.
"It would be easier for you if I did run again," I said. "Wouldn't you rather collect the star from my broken body, were I to fall?"

"You wouldn't fall," River said. "I wouldn't let you."

And don't even get me started on River. Let's just say that I'm glad we got his perspective in this sequel while he was split from Kamzin and co. It was nice to see his altered POV and what plans he had for his people. And, I mean, he's that #supportiveboyfriend that every girl (and guy) deserves. He and Kamzin both grow so much by the end of this dueology, and to read those final lines at the end of this book almost brought joyful tears to my eyes.

I'm exaggerating. Only four books have ever brought tears to my eyes, but you get the point.

If you haven't read this book. READ. IT. NOW.

It's such a nice, easy, enjoyable, mostly light-hearted read to binge during this nerve-wracking time, and what's a better story to binge during self-isolation than a duelogy where the main characters meet for the first time when they're drunk off their asses and having a good time at a party they didn't want to be at in the first place? #MeetCute, who??
"One day, your story will be written in the stars," he said. "It's up to you to choose what they'll say."

Wow. My god. Wow.


Leave me alone. I'm dealing with this damn conclusion.

4.5/5 stars. Review to come!
Profile Image for Rachel E. Carter.
Author 9 books3,518 followers
January 27, 2023
Sequel did not disappoint. I still have some questions (Azar-at and Ragtooth mainly) but that's okay because for the most part it wrapped up perfectly. Also Ragtooth is officially my favorite familiar/token animal companion in a YA novel <3
Profile Image for Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen.
1,683 reviews600 followers
December 23, 2018
Definitely River and Tem are my favorite characters in this series.

I found that this second book irritated me at some points and I had a harder time getting through this one.
Profile Image for Kelsey.
305 reviews65 followers
June 19, 2019
Ugh. Lusha is annoying as hell.

Full review to come!
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339 reviews92 followers
June 5, 2019
“You do know that Azar-at can read your thoughts? You don’t need to announce every spell you cast—though I suppose it’s like you to do everything as dramatically as possible.”

wow. i don't think i have ever been so disappointed in a book being a duology before.
I want more River and Kamzin and Ragtooth, okayyyyyyyyyy

This book really impressed me. I liked the narration change with parts being from other character's perspectives. It oddly worked (usually I hate when authors switch from singular first person in a series and add other POVs later).

Kamzin is a fucking boss as per usual. She's fearless, but still needs help advocating for herself (especially when she is clearly right and others are wrong). River is funny and charming as ever. Only now he can shapeshift too, so clearly he's even cooler than he was last book. Lusha is so headstrong and only thinks in black and white (and only her way is correct) so of course she got on my last fucking nerve. Again. Tem, sweet, sweet Tem. What a cinnamon roll. Hasn't this poor boy been through enough!?!? Give the dude a hot bath and some soup.

Enjoyed the character dynamics.
The cultural differences between the witches and humans were interesting and thought out.
I like how the book briefly explored both sides of the centuries old war.
I wanted River and Azar-at's weird friendship to be explored more. I wanted more answers about the last few chapters. But overall, solid finish to the series!

I just really wanted a third book.

Content Warnings: mention of suicide, mention of parental death, sibling death, murder, war, violence
Profile Image for Brenda Waworga.
606 reviews676 followers
January 28, 2019
It was just an okay read for me,

the story and magic system actually pretty good and unique BUT the characters were just feel bland and boring, i dont care if anything happen to any of them

i dont even like the romance, as someone who is a major character driven reader i cant enjoy books if i dont conected with the characters, thats what happened on this book for me

Tem the only character i like on book 2 also not doing much here, The ending battle was confusing and seem like alot of magic happened all at once
Profile Image for Lauren.
503 reviews8 followers
December 7, 2018
I have not loved a book and a series this much since 2014 when I first read Cassndara Clare/The Mortal Instruments.

All the Wandering Light was by far so incredible and better than Even the Darkest Stars. I adored ETDS, but issues I had in that book were fixed in this one. One example is the traveling in the first book, at times, could be really boring where as every second of travel in ATWL were so so enjoyable to read. It was great seeing the growth of Heather Fawcett's writing for the story and as a writer. She beautifully wrote this story and throughly flushed out these characters. I love every single character. River and Kamzin have now become two of my favorite ever read characters. Their story and personalities are so beautiful and I can't get enough of them. I am really sad to see their story come to an end, but I think it ended beautiful. I am all up for novellas of River and Kamzin stories of maybe prior to them meeting or even during their travels in ETDS *side eyes*

The story of hunting the fallen star against the witches was such a fascinating read. Who knew a star could catch your interest this much. Hunting for the star kept me on my seat every single page wondering who would reach it first. I seriously could not put this book down. I had to force myself to!

Kamzin grew so much in this book and she was strong and powerful. She was determined to reach that star and stop the witches no matter what. Even with all that happened with River on the mountain she still got right back up and fought to the finish. That right there is inspiring and empowering. She didn't coward down and get emotional she used her hatred towards River's actions and the witches to push forward. Obviously her hatred for River was always tested throughout the book. She didn't want to hate him, but she saw no other way after his betrayal and the fact he was a witch.

River... oh River ... where do I begin? I. love. him. with. everything. in. me. He is a great character with so much depth. He is sarcastic and humorous, but can be serious when needed. Even when he was "evil" he still was River, he didn't change himself like a lot of characters become when exposed as evil. I liked this approach because not many authors make a character "evil" and make them even question their positions later on. Throughout the book, River would be put in situations where he had to chose between the witches or Kamzin's side of the battle. This back and forth battle of his conscious of where to stand was a great touch to his character. River was not evil like Esha and the other witches which clearly can be seen. River made a stupid action, but he did what he felt was right later realizing it had a benefit, but also has consequences. River is really a lost soul at times just trying to find his place in the world and I don't think he knew how to properly show a humane side, at times, or how to express emotions well. All we know is that he did know how to express them well when it came to Kamzin.

Kamzin and River together .... I go down with the ship ! One thing I really liked about this series was the fact that their love story was not the main point in it. It played a role in actions and decisions they made, but Heather Fawcett wrote it so perfectly that she made them question their decisions as are they doing this cause it's what they believe or are they doing it to protect each other. She used their emotions for each other to enhance the story rather them be love sick puppies for each other that can't live without each other. River betraying Kamzin made her stronger rather than weaker which I feel a lot of YA stories turn to in a moment of betrayal.

Tem and Lusha were so flushed out in this book as well. After reading ATWL, I came to like the both of them more and appreciate their side support as characters in this series more. They really helped Kamzin along the way in their own ways. Lusha turned out to really be a great sister to Kamzin and helped guide her in the right path. Tem is an amazing friend to Kamzin. He is a consistent support system for her and will always stand by her. He truly appreciates Kamzin with her love and support. They have a great strong friendship throughout the series.

Lastly, overall this is by far one of the best duology series I have read in YA. It also is one my favorite stories I have read in YA. It really makes me sad to not see more peopler reading the series and appreciating it's beauty. This is a series I HIGHLY recommend to read. You will not be disappointed. Heather Fawcett brought us a beautiful story that is full of adventure, fantasy, action, and romance.
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464 reviews23 followers
December 6, 2018

God this book was so amazing and better than the first one! All the flaws I found with the first book were corrected in this sequel and I love seeing the growth Heather Fawcett had as an author. The writing was great, the characters were all flushed out, and I have no unanswered questions. River and Kamzin are two of my favorite literary characters and I am so sad to see their journey come to an end...but I do believe that there is room for more if Heather Fawcett should wish it (please). The story in this sequel was so interesting as well, the prospect of hunting down a fallen star in a race against the witches was so thrilling. I really could not put this book down, I flew through it. Devoured it actually.

Kamzin was so determined in this book. After all that happened in the previous one she was not going to lose again no matter who was standing in her way. Her anger and perseverance where strong tools that she used in this novel to keep her going. River was as always wonderful. Not as much of his sarcasm and humor were present in this one (understandably) but he was still River. Despite everything that happened in the last book I could not hate hime and I don't think I ever will because I understand why he did what he did even if it was a stupid decision. But in this book he... Tem and Lusha were so flushed out in this book, I really came to like them both. Lusha is so headstrong and reminds me a lot of myself. Tem is such a good friend and everything he went through in this novel solidifies that. I have come to love these characters a lot and I really do hope to see more of them in the future someday.

Not many people talk about this duology and that saddens me a lot. It is one of the best stories in YA literature that I have read and it is so unique. I recommend this duology to everyone because it is a fun tale of action, romance, adventure, and fantasy. I have never had much interest in leaving my house but these books made me want to leave and explore the world.
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417 reviews87 followers
December 6, 2020
"Choosing to lock yourself up in a life that doesn't suit you is its own sort of death."

4,5 stars.

BOOK NUMBER 100 OF THIS YEAR AND WHAT A BOOK IT WAS!! I absolutely adore this book and this duology will definitely make it to my favourites list, but I can hear you asking why I gave it 4,5 stars and not 5. Well that's mainly because of the ending, it did not really feel rushed, but I really would have enjoyed a longer ending and am I the only one who missed Thorne in the end of the book?

That said I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end, some things I saw coming, but a lot of plottwists I was screaming, crying, or laughing very hard. It was a true pageturner and I absolutely loved it, I also think I'll probably re-read this series soon (even if I've already read Even the Darkest Stars twice already). It's also a very good wintery book, because of all the snow and I am so happy I read it!
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207 reviews172 followers
November 25, 2021
I heard this is a duology and I am heartbroken - I neeeeed more of Kamzin and River's adventures.
Profile Image for Kayla TM.
266 reviews126 followers
September 7, 2020
What a great conclusion to the duology. The world is so beautifully imagined with a strong female lead. I felt this second book was better than the first. There is more depth of character in the pages, though the story does still, largely, rely on the adventure aspect of the story to draw it along. The story could use a little more reflection into what would, or would not, be the correct decisions in the circumstances. I did, like a usually do, have a bit of an issue with how quickly the conclusion is made: how fast the climactic issue is solved. While I enjoyed the use of two different points of view in this book, I didn’t like the two random moments where the reader sees things through someone else’s eyes, those moments didn’t do much to aid the story in any way and made the story lack consistency. Otherwise, the story is a good one. A wonderful journey with a question of what is right; the things you’ve always believed, or what you think is right from what you’ve seen yourself. I enjoyed the way the book ended, and hope the author has more of the like in store in the future. 4 stars.
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444 reviews54 followers
December 28, 2018
I really disliked this book. I couldn’t care any less for the characters, I disliked the slow af pace of the book and I thought it was all very boring. Sorry not sorry #unpopularopinion
- I did like book 1.
September 28, 2020
Even the Darkest Stars introduced us to Kamzin, a daring, brave and complex protagonist on a grueling trek to reach the summit of Mount Raksha. But the climb didn’t exactly go as planned and now, thanks to Kamzin, the mountainous empire is on the brink of collapse. Weary, exhausted and reeling from River’s betrayal, the crew are thrust into one last adventure to save the empire.

Wow. Talk about a breathtaking conclusion to a seriously atmospheric duology.

All the Wandering Light was fantastic. Heather Fawcett took everything we knew about this world before turning it on its head, hurtling us into the unknown. She elevated the stakes, pushed her narrative into dangerous new territory while simultaneously expanding on her sprawling empire.

THIS is how you write a gripping duology.

[Also, can we please just talk about how Elsa = Lusha, Kamzin = Anna, Tem = Kristof and their yak is basically Sven???].

The first thing I have to rave about is Heather Fawcett’s world building because I am just in love with this snow-capped, Himalayan-inspired world. I mean, why aren’t more books set in the mountains? Someone make this happen. Anyway, Even the Darkest Stars set the scene but All the Wandering Light took us to the Three Cities and beyond. Not only did this expansion heighten the stakes but it made for some interesting new dynamics. Royal politics came into play as Kamzin, Lusha and Tem arrive at Court. There’s plenty of intrigue and court drama as well as some good old fashioned mountaineering.

And speaking of stakes, All the Wandering Light was TENSE. So much was riding on Kamzin’s desperate quest and that weight shadowed every choice she made.

There was also a lot going on in terms of plot. While Even the Darkest Stars was mostly adventure-driven and simplistic in nature, All the Wandering Light was rich and complex. Switching things up, Heather Fawcett featured dual point-of-view which offered an intimate look into the inner workings and politics of the witch kingdom. All I’m saying is things get murky. Not everything’s as black and white as it seems…

[There’s even an enchanted forest crawling with witches].

But at its heart, this is a story about complex sister relationships [talk about some serious Frozen vibes]. Lusha was mostly absent from Even the Darkest Stars. Setting off on their own rival expeditions, the sisters were constantly at odds and often played against the other. Both Lusha and Kamzin have very distinct, strong personalities so it was interesting to watch them working together during All the Wandering Light. Tensions were high and each sister struggled to compromise as they fought for dominance. Especially because they didn’t always see eye-to-eye.

And don’t even get me started on our girl, Kamzin because she just might be one of my favorite fantasy heroines. Ever. Kamzin had such a beautiful character arch. Introduced as rash and impulsive, Kamzin grappled with a lot of pressure during the course of the duology. In All the Wandering Light, Kamzin had to deal with the fallout from River’s betrayal as well as her guilt and mixed feelings for him. Heather Fawcett really allowed Kamzin to grieve and the redemption arch was EVERYTHING.

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Then we have her relationship with Ragtooth [honestly the MVP of this duology] and fire-demon Azat-at. Let’s just say that Kamzin was forced to make some very hard decisions…

If I had one complaint, it was that I wished Heather Fawcett had revealed a little more about the role of familiars and the lore behind them. There was a lot of foreshadowing and hints but it was mostly left to the reader to decide. I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT RAGTOOTH! [I’m thinking spin-off???]

Basically, with All the Wandering Light, Heather Fawcett has cemented herself as one of my new favorite fantasy authors. This duology was full of adventure, betrayal and high stakes survival, making for a truly immersive reading experience. If you’re interested in Tibetan culture and mountaineering, if you love sweeping, snow-laden worlds, then you HAVE to read this duology. Honestly, cannot recommend it enough.
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2,732 reviews
January 15, 2020
I finally read this! I enjoy this world and the magic, especially the creatures like Azar-at, the witches, and the ghosts. In this book we got to see River's point of view in addition to Kamzin's and it showed us how ruthless the witches are and what they're after now that the binding spell is broken. It did feel a bit slow overall and didn't have the intensity of the first book. I liked the way it ended and seeing the characters set on their future paths.
Profile Image for Amber  ~ The Reading Addict.
444 reviews174 followers
January 7, 2019
Okay, so I liked this one in many ways. I love the mystery surrounding witches and River, but I missed some of the adventure captured in the first book. Still, a worthwhile sequel! Check it out if you liked booked number one.
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1,416 reviews88 followers
Shelved as 'dnf-d'
February 6, 2020
DNF'ing this one at 52%. I wish I could go on, but I can't. Unique and inspired as this book is, this duology just isn't for me. I haven't been able to attach to any of the characters, the plot hasn't kept me engaged, the writing style doesn't mesh with me at all, and it just feels like a chore to try to force myself to keep going. I shouldn't have to force myself to read, much less to feel like reading a book is a chore, and since the first book felt like that to begin with and I'm experiencing more of the same with this one, it's time to call it quits.

I did receive this book and a (slightly beat-up) paperback copy of the first book in this duology in a Beacon Book Box, but I think I'm going to have to end up selling my copies on Mercari or something.
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419 reviews104 followers
March 30, 2020
Das war einfach sehr … unterwältigend. Eigentlich von der Struktur her dem ersten Teil nicht unähnlich, nur in schlechter? Ich frage mich im Nachhinein, ob es beiden Bänden nicht gutgetan hätte, zu einem zusammengefasst und massiv gerafft zu werden. Wirklich, wirklich schade, da Band 1 mich damals mit seiner Innovativität positiv überrascht hat, die Charaktere in diesem Band aber nur ein Schatten ihrer selbst sind, die Hälfte der Plotpunkte vorauszuahnen sind und das Ende so wirkt, als hätte sich jemand gerade noch dazu durchringen können, das Buch fertig zu schreiben (sieht man auch an zunehmenden Tippfehlern und Wortwiederholungen/sich verschlechterndem Stil). Schade. :(
Profile Image for Camilla (thecrazyreader).
840 reviews152 followers
February 24, 2020
4 stelle!

Dopo aver concluso Even the Darkest Stars, vuoi per il fatto che il libro mi ha molto colpito, vuoi perché sapendo che era solo un altro libro da leggere, mi sono buttata immediatamente su questo conclusivo volume e non sono rimasta per niente delusa. La scrittrice ha ampliato il mondo in modo magnifico, dando anche quel tocco d'azione in più che non guasta mai. I personaggi mi hanno convinto tutti, le loro scelte e le loro descrizioni non vanno mai "out of character" e questo è già molto buono, poi la scelta di aggiungere più pov ha dato la possibilità di conoscerli meglio, ammetto, però, che più capitoli dal punto di vista del protagonista maschile River non sarebbero stati un male. La storia si conclude in un modo dignitoso, chiudendo un cerchio, ma alcune strade sono rimaste ancora aperte e mi sarebbe piaciuto vedere di più la loro esplorazione.
In definitiva una buona duologia, che consiglio.
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557 reviews131 followers
December 21, 2018
Persönliche Meinung
Was soll ich sagen?
Band eins habe ich gelesen, weil er in einer subscribtion Box war. Ich fand das Buch mässig und nur der Schluss war wirklich, richtig toll. Das war auch ein Grund wieso ich Band zwei gekauft habe. (Und natürlich das schöne Cover)

Band zwei legt gleich da los, wo Band eins aufgehört hat, aber es will nicht so recht losgehen. Es hat schon fast 200 Seiten gebraucht, bis die Story ins rollen kam. Dafür rollte sie dann ganz schön. Alles was mir in Band es so gefiel, wurde hier vertieft und wieder aufgegriffen, es gab logische Erklärungen zu Plotholes und war eigentlich durchgehend spannend! Der Fokus liegt diesmal weniger auf der Liebesgeschichte, als vielmehr auf den Hexen, dem Stern, den Schamanen und dem bevorstehenden Krieg.

«“Is Lusha all right?“ Mara pressed.
„She’s fine.“ And, though he hadn’t asked, „Tem too."
Mara ran a hand over his face. „And the star?“
„Oh, you’re not going to aks about me?“ River said. „After all our years together?“»

Ich war zwar schlussendlich ein wenig enttäuscht, da der grosse Showdown in meinen Augen nicht besonders originell gewesen war, dafür gefiel mir das Ende recht gut. Es war so, wie ich es erwartet hatte und das hat mir gefallen.

Was mir auch gut gefallen hat, war die Tatsache, dass wir nicht nochmals die ganze Zeit unterwegs waren. Das fand ich schon sehr langatmig im ersten Band. Und wir haben dieses Mal auch ein paar Kapitel aus den Sichten von River, Mara und Chirrin. Besonders die von Mara fand ich sehr erfrischend und mega spannend!

«Anger flickered in River’s eyes, and he turned to me. „You see? I tried.“
„Mara, put the dagger away,“ I said.
„Yes, do,“ River said. „I’ve been stabbed quite enough recently.“»

Ich weiss nicht genau, ob ich die Reihe weiterempfehlen würde, aber wer gerne Drachen mag, hexen, Feuerdämonen, Geister und Abenteuer, der kann hierbei schon auf seine Kosten kommen.

Alles in allem war es gut, aber nicht mega. Ich fand es während dem Lesen besser, als jetzt wo ich die Rezension schreibe…

Fazit: besser als der erste Band

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11 reviews
December 12, 2018
Ever since I finished reading Even the Darkest Stars I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next in the series. I spent so much time predicting what might happen in All the Wandering Light, and all my theories were wrong. This book surprised me so much in so many amazing ways and I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible sequel. It was absolute perfection.
Finishing the book was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do because I desperately didn't want it to ever end. From the moment I started reading it I was completely captivated. I was always eager to read more and find out what would happen next, especially since I couldn’t predict anything. It was incredibly exciting—so much of Heather’s world was completely unexpected and unique. Her books are truly unlike anything else I’ve ever read and I’m incredibly grateful to her for sharing Kamzin’s story with us.
Honestly, I’m at a loss of words for describing just how incredible this series was and how much I love it. Kamzin and River are such special characters to me who will always be close to my heart. Their story will always be with me and I will never forget them. I’m also so thrilled with how everything turned out—it was an incredible adventure and I’m so glad that thanks to Heather we were able to join Kamzin and River on it.
Again, I absolutely couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sequel and overall, the series was absolute perfection to me. Thank you so very much for sharing your writing with us Heather and I’ll always be looking forward to seeing what you’ll share with us next!
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December 9, 2018
really amazing books! it has really great plots, not so fast but also not so dull either. each character is well told and has important role in the story. it has unpredictable endings, when i read the book, i thought i know how the ending would be (like most book with the same topic) at first, but somehow, the more chapter i read the more i didn't know how it would end. and that's rare for me these days.

what i really love about this sequal is how the author didn't change the unique and original things about kamzin and river which is how they just want to successfully climb a mountain, have a great adventure, help people they love, and be what they always are an explorer. they both did not get swayed by other people or the situations.

(maybe it is a spoiler???)
from the ending, i don't really know if there will be a trilogy or not. but i hope it will! and most books with this kind of genre usually have 3-5 series, so i do hope there are at least maybe one or two books haha. well,it will be great to see how the development of relationhip between river and kamzin, the next step of the war, etc. and i think there are still many things that can be told (well if the author wants)
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January 6, 2019
4,5 stars!

I really, really liked this book! I think the first one was just a little bit better, because it set up a really original world with some exceptional worldbuilding, by introducing us to some very interesting characters and also exploring the supernatural in a very good way. This book picks up immediately after the events in book 1, and I could not be happier about it. I really liked all the revelations we get in this book and I loved that we got to see more of the world and the characters. I also really liked that this did not become another book with a very forced love triangle, but instead focused on the main character's torn feelings towards the present love interest. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, everything just seemed to go a little bit too smoothly, and I feel like not everything has been resolved as well as it could have been, but overall I loved this book!
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