Marc reviews ‘Knight of Flames’ (Inheritance Book #2) by Amelia Faulkner. This book was release by LoveLight Press on August 23rd, 2016 and is ~460 pgs long.
RGR recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: While I didn’t immediately get drawn into book one, I ended up really enjoying it and looking forward to this sequel. Now that I knew and cared for the MCs, I couldn’t wait to find out what would be next for them.
Check out my review of book one HERE. 🙂
Headstrong. Telekinetic. Pariah.
On the run from his family, Quentin d’Arcy has settled in San Diego with dwindling funds and the growing suspicion that his gifts might not be limited to telekinesis. When he meets a psychic who can control people’s actions with a few words, his comfortable life starts to unravel.
Demigod. Oracle. Hunter.
Laurence Riley almost died killing one god only to discover that he’s descended from another. Before he can come to terms with that revelation, Quentin’s twin brother walks into his life, and there’s no way to know what his motives may be.
With great power comes great danger.
Kane Wilson wants to make a better world: a world in which psychics are open about who and what they are without fear of reprisal or hatred. With the power to control others he might be able to pull it off, but there’s going to be collateral damage.
If Quentin and Laurence can’t get to the bottom of Wilson’s plan, Kane will out the existence of psychics not only to San Diego but to the world, and all hell will break loose.
Knight of Flames is the second book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a mild heat rating and an HFN ending.
It was hard for me to get into the first book in the beginning, because it felt like Quentin kept everyone, including Laurence, and me as reader, at arms length. He was part of the British aristocracy and seemed arrogant and out of reach. It was only when Laurence managed to pierce those shields and I saw the very human, very fragile man underneath that I really started to care for Quentin as well. I am still not quite used to the stilted words Quentin uses at times, but as he has gotten more comfortable with Laurence, he also seems to relax and show more of his true self, not just his mask.
I have gotten to know Quentin much better and know that he is an introvert, who is not always able to connect with strangers, but who can fake it for the upper class people he grew up with, as he has been taught what they expect. He seems much more comfortable with the people he has gotten to know around Laurence, though, who do not require him to be someone else but accept him for who he is.
In this book we also learn more about Quentin’s family, as one of his brothers figures out where he lives and shakes up Quentin and Laurence’s lives. He is a very interesting character and it was very intriguing to learn more about Quentin’s backstory, even as I was dreading finding out too much. I strongly anticipate that something terrible has happened to Quentin and I do not think that it will be long until he has to confront his past.
Laurence seems much stronger and more comfortable in his skin, now that he has more control over his gifts. He does not regret what he has done in the past and it becomes obvious that this darkness is part of him as well. I loved seeing Laurence figure out who he really is step by step and accept himself. However, even though he seems more comfortable with himself, he seems scared about losing Quentin. Laurence knows that Quentin likes to run from his problems, so he tries to bind the man to himself and keep him from running.
Even with that uncertainty and fear though, the two men get much closer and much more comfortable together.
Since Quentin doesn’t have a job, I liked that the author found something for him to do. When he meets Kane Wilson and meets other psychics through the man, he seems to get more purpose in his life and we see yet another side of him. And readers get some wonderful, new characters. The collection of super-powered psychics, trying to make the world a better and saver place, reminded me of the X-Men. However, with so many interesting new characters, it was hard for me to figure out whom to trust.
This book is really fast-paced. I did not realize how many pages it had and it seemed over far too soon, because I was really drawn into the story. There is a lot of character development and the plot is driven forward on many fronts. There are new allies, new enemies and fascinating new abilities, exciting revelations and game-changing twists. This series has changed from a series I liked into a must-read series that I love and highly recommend.
9/10 Points of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Amelia Faulkner was born in the rolling green countryside of Oxfordshire, and moved to London once she was mostly grown up. She has a degree in Computer Science, and spent quite a long time working with computers until her childhood love of writing could no longer be ignored.
Since then she has written for corporate clients and personal pleasure, and finally stepped away from office-bound working in 2011 to freelance from home.
Amelia is also a keen photographer and film-goer, and resides in the city (not the City) with her husband. She is notoriously camera-shy.