My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Truth in advertising. I was a huge fan of the first Wielders book. It was a natural for me to read the next one in the series. As the book begins, we see where Maeve and Davin are left off at the end of the last book. Dav is anxious about his unconscious mother and she is in need of medical attention.
The magically gifted ‘Wielders’, as they are known, are connected to powerful stones which gives them powers of one kind or another. It is only after Maeve, an earthling, and her son Davin make their way to an alien world that they find out about their latent powers. The question facing the reader is this, what happens if someone controls all the stones?
Not wanting to spoil anything, there is an advancement of a whole love story … perhaps two. Armies will clash, people will die, and ‘sisters’ who are not natural warriors will pick up arms to stop their foes. I hate spoilers so I will stop there.
The Wielders series is personality driven in the sense that it focuses on some very strong and complex central characters. He makes you see the characters by making them three-dimensional. When something happens to one of your favorite characters, you feel it in your gut and that is the mark of a great author. I would be remiss if I did not point out that Patrick is one hell of a world builder as well. You are sucked into the world he builds and it carries you though the story.
As far as continuity is concerned, it is easy to see where the first book ends and the second begins. I I will always argue that you should start with book one before reading book two, but that is just me. If you happen to read book two first you would miss some of the initial world building, but you could read book two without book one. But you would, after reading book two, go back and read the first one, I guarantee it.
Patrick is a solid and seasoned writer such that the prose flows off the page cleanly. You find yourself unwilling or unable to put down this page-turner.
I can whole-heartedly recommend Wielders, book 2 (Queens). If you read this one before reading book one, I will warn you that you probably should just order book one at the same time. Trust me, you will read it.
-Your Humble Servant,