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On the Edge of Death (The Sundered Oath Book 2) by [Ballintyne, Ciara]
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When an evil necromancer threatens all she loves, Ellaeva must risk her sanity to face down the darkness within her soul.

[Dark Epic Fantasy, Castle Siege, Epic Battle]

All the Left Hand of Death wants is something to call her own, but is the price too high?

Ellaeva, the fated avatar of the death goddess, is desperate to track down her missing family but the trail is decades old. Instead, she discovers her battered and bloodied sister priestesses driven across the Jerreki border on pain of death. Ellaeva must turn aside from her personal quest to investigate the murders, only to find her parents have been taken into the heart of the conflict.

Lyram Aharris, favoured son of the royal line of Ahlleyn, is the only living person she trusts to help her infiltrate the enemy stronghold and uproot the horror they find there, but their chequered past threatens the mission. Accompanying him is his crown prince, the one man Lyram wants dead above all others.

Now Ellaeva must face down the darkness in her soul before a dark god is brought into the world.

At the boundary of life and death, all oaths will be tested.

ON THE EDGE OF DEATH by Ciara Ballintyne

Evolved Publishing presents the second book in "The Sundered Oath" series of dark, epic fantasies. [DRM-Free]

Books by Ciara Ballintyne:

  • In the Company of the Dead (The Sundered Oath #1)
  • On the Edge of Death (The Sundered Oath #2)
  • Confronting the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell #1)
  • Stalking the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell #2)

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  • Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3476 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (21 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0727LJT8K
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy series. 22 June 2017
By Mainer - Published on
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Ellaeva, the battle priestess, is on a quest to enter Jerreki, a land where the rulers have been killing and driving out her fellow priestesses. Turned back at the border, she asks the king of Ahlleyn to send her in secret as part of an embassy that includes Lyram Aharris, a man from her past as well as the hated Prince Drault and the Duchess Narrawen. What they find in Jerreki is unspeakable evil, and Ellaeva and Lyram must put duty and justice above love in order to prevail.
This is the second book in The Sundered Oath series. I didn't read the first book, though I intend to remedy that omission, I felt I picked up the story and the characters very easily. The author weaves the backstory into the narrative seamlessly, no data dump here. In fact, the writing is quite brilliant; the descriptions give an excellent description of the world and people while not being overly verbose. There's a lot of battle scenes and fighting which I sometimes get bored with, but they drew me in, and I could almost see each parry and thrust. Drault is a wonderful villain, not over the top, but still capable of great evil. Narrawen's character is more subtle, but I disliked her just as much as Drault by the end of the book. And neither of them is the true enemy.
Ellaeva and Lyram are heroes in the true sense of the word. Both have lost much and want so much more, but let the needs of others and their own senses of duty override their love. I can't wait for the next book in this series and I will definitely find some more of Ms. Ballintyne's books. A truly great fantasy series. I received a copy from the author to reivew, but then bought my copy because I liked it so much.
3.0 out of 5 stars better than the first one but still too much relationship drama for me 7 June 2017
By Devann M. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was definitely better than the first one, but I still couldn't really get into it until about halfway through. I thought the plot was much more interesting this time around. I actually cared about the secrets they were trying to uncover and I think the pacing was better overall. I liked how the villain was revealed about halfway through because in the first book it wasn't until almost the very end kind of as an afterthought, but this time it was front and center the whole time.

But still for some reason these books just seem so much longer than they actually are. I mean 350 pages is really only slightly longer than the books I usually read but some reason these just FEEL long and I don't really know why. I think because a lot of the time is devoted to the romance and love triangles, which is just not what I'm looking for at all. This was one was much better in that regard too. I was hoping that since Lyram and Ellaeva slept together in the first book they would be less angsty in this one and thankfully they were. I mean they were still a BIT angsty, but they had mostly made up their minds so it wasn't an entire book of 'will they won't they' again.

Also while we are introduced to another new love triangle in this book [why], it isn't as prominent as the stuff with Leinahre in book one. Or at least it's not very prominent until the very end, where I just wanted to bury my head in my hands and scream again. Basically there were points of this book that I enjoyed enough to give it 3 stars instead of 2 and I was hoping it meant the whole series would be looking up but after the ending I just KNOW there is going to be so much relationship drama in the next book so I think I'm done with this series. If you like a lot of doomed romance and love triangles and relationship drama in your fantasy then you will probably like this, but it's just too much for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sequel to In the Company of the Dead 16 May 2017
By JBronder Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Ellaeva is still looking for her missing family but finds herself wrapped up in the mystery of who is killing off the priestesses of Ahura. Although Alhura has abandoned them months ago. But she is not going to be able to investigate by herself, she only has one person that she trusts to help her, Lyram. But the deeper the mystery goes, the more Ellaeva learns about herself. There is a darkness inside her that would be easy to slip into and never return. Is she strong enough to fight herself and those that want to kill her?

I really enjoyed In the Company of the Dead and was very excited to read book two. Ellaeva is still looking for her family although it’s been decades. But finds her true path as she looks for the one killing the other priestesses. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in her inner battle against the darkness. You can see how easy it would be to go down that path but it never ends well. That has to mean something since all of the other priestesses die before they are 30 years old. Either way she is doomed.

This is an amazing world with a great story that will draw you in and leave you reading until late. You can’t help cheering for Ellaeva and Lyram and crying at all they have to go through. I can’t wait to see what happens to the both of them next. This is one series that I would love to see as a movie or television series.

I received On the Edge of Death from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-deserved 5 star rating 7 May 2017
By HR Duby - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I preface this review with the fact that I rarely give five star ratings. A novel really has to wow me to earn five stars, and this one did. While it does suffer from the fact that it is not a true stand alone novel, and there is a lot that the reader has to read between the lines on if he or she has not read the first book in this series (which I have not), the author has spent so much time creating an internally-consistent world that I was able to readily forgive those flaws. There is a lot to recommend about this book aside from the aforementioned world creation. The characters are complex and not all all one-dimensional, which is so nice to read. Even the prince, who I really loathed, was not a caricature. There are numerous references to the physical transgressions between the two main characters, but all of the action takes place off stage, as it were. Therefore, I feel comfortable recommending the book to mature readers 16+. There is a LOT of bloody violence, however, and squeamish readers might be well-advised to give this book a pass. I will definitely have to go back now and read the first book in the series then re-read this installment so I can more fully appreciate the intrigue and bask once again in the setting that was so well-constructed.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense. 22 May 2017
By Emris Lindsay - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This has been a very intense story if I do say so, Ellaeva had one magnitude of a task being the battle priestess of death, justice, and truth, what is a girl to do when she finds the one she loves and he is forbidden as is the law. The book is packed filled with action, adventure and a bit on the morbid side but exciting and interesting all the same. Lyram was in turmoil wanting his true love, but she was forbidden to him, but he couldn't help it his feelings run deep. Even after the betrayal and deceit of his prince, he burned to exact revenge but he was bounded by the oath of allegiance he took, fear for the price he would have to pay if he took measures into his own hands. Their love was forged in a war that was based on deceit, hatred, anger and a lot of other complex situations all destined for the path of disaster. This book was excellently written with a gripping and riveting story line.

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