Fantasy: The Dagger of Adendigaeth by @melissagmcphail #sequel


The Dagger of Adendigaeth

Written by Melissa McPhail


At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race’s decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin’athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin’s Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?

In T'khendar...Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T’khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his Return. Now he must confront the man he's long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord’s darkly magnificent game.

The Vestal Raine D’Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother Björn through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T’khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he’s facing his greatest enemy yet—not in Björn, but in the truth.

Elsewhere in Alorin...the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin’s temple hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.

The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord's masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.


"The characters I fell in love with in the first book have returned to speed my heart once again in the second! I was caught up completely in the various relationships, mysteries and plot lines revealed in book two. With my loyalties, my favorites and my suspicions from book one challenged by new twists in book two, I found myself reading late every night - the next page always calling! I've read many other series (mostly fantasy and science fiction), but I can't think of a stronger second book in any of them. There are simply no flat spots in this story, and I can't wait for the third."

"After a much-anticipated wait from McPhail's first book, Cephrael's Hand, I'm happy to report that this follow up not only exceeded my expectations, but it truly blew me away. I continue to be amazed with how she weaves the characters' stories together seamlessly and with the journey each character takes to get to where they end up. No regrets either that this book kept me up night after night until 2am. :)

Definitely worth the read if you are a fantasy fan (I would state, however, that I wasn't much into fantasy until I read McPhail's first book in the series and now because of her I'm an avid fan of this genre - only problem is finding a book that meets the new standards I have after reading her writing).

I am now anxiously awaiting the next book in the series and I'm sure it won't let me down."