No Quarter (The Ambeth Chronicles #2)

SYNOPSIS:26835337 Things couldn’t be better for Alma. She’s returned the lost Sword to Ambeth and is finally with Deryck, Prince of the Dark. But what’s really going on? Deryck is struggling with his father, who wants to control Alma, while Alma is struggling with her best friend Caleb, who doesn’t trust Deryck one inch. Plus it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with her life in the human world. Falling in love shouldn’t be this difficult. But things are about to get much worse…

Quests and friendship all fall by the wayside when there’s romance to be had. Plus, spending time with handsome Deryck is much more appealing than with an increasingly angry Caleb. The Light are always on about making choices, so they shouldn’t have a problem with her choosing to be with Deryck. Besides, he’ll protect her from his father – won’t he?

REVIEW: I have to say, I enjoyed the first book in this series, Oak & Myst, but was rather disappointed with this one. Having said that, before going into detail, I must add, the final few chapters were brilliant and show real potential for an excellent conclusion to The Ambeth Chronicles in book three.

The problem with this book is that there simply isn’t enough going on beyond the romantic relationship between Alma and Deryck, and some character development. I got bored and found myself putting the book down on several occasions.

Between seventy and eighty percent into the story, the mood and pace completely changes and I was completely drawn in all the way to the end. Sadly, it was too little too late.

Helen’s writing skills are excellent. If she could have replicated the kind of mood and pace she had near the end of this work, added it near to the beginning of the book, and again somewhere in the middle, it would have been a complete game changer giving her at least four, if not the full five stars.

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13 comments on “No Quarter (The Ambeth Chronicles #2)

  1. “Quests and friendship all fall by the wayside when there’s romance to be had.”–Haha!

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  2. I think that’s a really fair review, and I remember you enjoying the first one. Interesting for serial writers (?!) as it is a big question about how to maintain not just pace but interest too as the sagas/stories continue. Similarly, even for authors who write stand alone books with the same characters, readers easily get bored. Oh, the fickle readers. Meanwhile where’s the next installment of M3?

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    • I’ve found it to be the case that in most series I’ve read, the second book doesn’t seem to be as good. (It’s probably the same with my own which is why I’m taking my time with Elyysa….) But, they tend to pick-up again. which I what I’m hoping for with Ambeth.

      M3? Pushy, pushy. You’re the second one to mention that. Suppose I better get my paws onto it. (Er, Aragorn?!) 😀

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  3. sounds like a great read!


  4. Hi Kevin! Thanks for the review, and for your constructive comments – much appreciated. Hope you enjoy book three 🙂

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  5. Thanks for a mindful review Kev. I think sometimes the middle is the hardest part to write. Mega hugs.

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    • I agree, Teagan. It can be quite easy luring people in at the beginning. It’s keeping them engrossed that’s hardest, and there are so many things that can go wrong! 😊

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