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The Nephilim’s Fear (War of the Nephilim #2)Author: Eliza Hampstead
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This is the second book in the series. However, it can be read as a standalone. I’ll leave a brief comment below about the first book as well.
First, it’s imperative to remark about the fantastic writing evolution I witnessed from book 1 to book 2. This follows the shape of a romance story-wise, but with the addition of fantastical creatures. The MCs have enough space to build their relationship and grow. By the last third of the book it builds great momentum and surprises you with the turns the story takes.
What to Expect
- Steamy romance
- Sexual openness
- Rejection-to-love situation
- Strong but vulnerable and sensitive main characters
- Fantastical creatures and conflicts
- Secrets and turns (some a bit predictable some unexpected)
- Sensitive content—violence and abuse mainly
- Dungeons & Dragons references
- Smoother flow
What I Missed
- More show, less tell, especially when describing characters, places and situations.
- Some actions became predictable because there’s an opening or suggestive scene preceding them.
- Not enough context to make better sense of certain terminology.
The Nephilim’s Fate (War of the Nephilim #1)
This was Hampstead’s debut novel. It had potential, but it needed more work. The MCs’ relationship was a bit abrupt. The motivation behind the characters’ actions became too simplistic and the arguments to support them didn’t feel credible enough. The Fantasy in a way seemed to happen as a consequence of the Romance, but without quite fusing. Moreover, it ended in a cliffhanger, but unexpectedly book 2 started rewinding it and with different voices. However, I applaud bringing us a story with uncommon matches between species/creatures.
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