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One kingdom. One crown. One family. “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.” Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how cwarship />“Maybe One kingdom. One crown. One family. “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.” Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail? As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole. The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.


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One kingdom. One crown. One family. “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.” Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how cwarship />“Maybe One kingdom. One crown. One family. “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.” Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail? As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole. The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.

30 review for A House of Rage and Sorrow

  1. 4 out of 5

    S.A. Chakraborty

    I adored the first book and raced through this one in less than two days. Highly, highly recommend! I love space opera and books that play with both sci-fi and fantasy, and Mandanna creates such a gorgeous world here. The family drama is top notch and Esmae a great protagonist (with some very justified rage!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    Wow wow wow...!!!! I mean I can just keep repeating this word over and over again and that’ll pretty much be my review, because I really don’t have enough words to talk about the masterpiece that this book is. But let me give it a try. In A Spark of White Fire, the author gave us power struggles, complicated family dynamics and lots of breathtaking war sequences, cloaking them all in layers of mystery and deception. In this installment however, we get to see what happens when people are pushed t Wow wow wow...!!!! I mean I can just keep repeating this word over and over again and that’ll pretty much be my review, because I really don’t have enough words to talk about the masterpiece that this book is. But let me give it a try. In A Spark of White Fire, the author gave us power struggles, complicated family dynamics and lots of breathtaking war sequences, cloaking them all in layers of mystery and deception. In this installment however, we get to see what happens when people are pushed to their limits due to grief and sorrow and rage. I thought the raw depiction of grief due to immense personal loss, and the utter helplessness that the characters feel in lieu of it, is written so well that I could feel every bit of it myself and even I just wanted to rage and cry. The writing is equal parts sorrow and melancholy and war strategy, with inconvenient truths being revealed at very very unexpected times completely blowing away my mind. And I just can’t with that ending.... The final 20% took me on a roller coaster of emotions and I still can’t believe it all happened. The author maintains a very steady pace throughout the book, never letting the stakes feel low, keeping us hooked for every page and I found it very difficult to put it down even for a moment. The Mahabharata parallels are still there, especially during some very key scenes, but it feels more like its own story this time around because we already have the characters (and their possible counterparts from the epic) firmly established in our mind. Esmae is a much changed person after the devastation towards the end of the previous book and we see her struggling to deal with it all. She is consumed by rage and we feel it all right alongside her. While she may still love her brothers and long for acknowledgement from her mother, she also realizes that the family which has accepted her is where her loyalties lie. While she used to have some hope of reconciliation before, she has no such ideas now and just wants justice (or vengeance) for being betrayed. However, the gods and loved ones keep throwing curved balls in her way all the time and every step she takes is a test of her resilience. While I may not agree with some of the things that she did, especially towards the end after some more heartbreaking revelations, I totally understand where she is coming from and I can’t wait to see how much more destruction she is going to wreak in the finale. This book gives us the POV of much beloved Titania and it’s a delight to read. She may be a sentient spaceship, but she has such a charming personality and I wanted to know more of her thoughts. What I didn’t expect was that she would be so adept at keeping secrets too and I’m very very excited to see how she would behave in a full scale war where she is equally challenged. While there was a bit of a continuation of the romance between Esmae and Max, it never overpowered the story and was left limited to the sidelines. What I enjoyed more was the banter between Radha and Sybilla and I really hope we get to see more of them together. We also see more of the gods and their backstories this time around, and one particular reveal just stupefied me and left me reeling with its implications. And I really enjoyed the way the author managed to change the trajectory of Amba’s story, almost bringing it a full circle. We don’t get to see a lot of Alexi or Bear, but despite them being on the opposite side of the war with Esmae, we can never truly hate them and I adore the author for making us care about all of them. I just don’t know know what I’ll do if anything happens to any of them, but that just feels inevitable at this point and that means I’m doomed. If you know anything about me, you are already aware that I will always always recommend this series with all my heart because it’s brilliant and I want everyone to read it. It is criminally underrated and I will keep shouting over the rooftops until I get atleast some of my friends to pick up these books. If you have already read the first book, then I’m pretty sure you are already excited for this sequel and I promise that you won’t be disappointed. And if you don’t know anything about this series but are someone who loves genre bending books with amazing world building, elaborated war sequences in space and lots of family dynamics interspersed with political intrigue, then this series is perfect for you. What else are you waiting for ....???? Just go pick it up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sangu Mandanna

    This was the hardest book I’ve ever written and I also think it may be the best. I’m so proud of what it’s become and I can’t wait for you all to continue Esmae’s story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fuzaila

    What can I possibly say about this book without ending up screaming to space until Sangu Mandanna releases her sequel to end my anguish? Nevertheless, I'm going to try, because this book has taken a lot of me with it when it ended and I'll have to put the pieces back. Esmae's openly declared war with Alexi for murdering her best friend. She has the indestructible warship Titania with her. But Alexi isn't sitting still either. Any moment, Amba the war of Goddess is away, he plans to un What can I possibly say about this book without ending up screaming to space until Sangu Mandanna releases her sequel to end my anguish? Nevertheless, I'm going to try, because this book has taken a lot of me with it when it ended and I'll have to put the pieces back. Esmae's openly declared war with Alexi for murdering her best friend. She has the indestructible warship Titania with her. But Alexi isn't sitting still either. Any moment, Amba the war of Goddess is away, he plans to unleash Sorsha the only living Great Beast, who can match the power of Titania. Being the most skilled warriors of the universe, the siblings believe they're evenly matched. So they're doing everything in their power to make their troops better. But when more secrets are revealed and hopes of her childhood are horribly crushed, Esmae can only wonder if she is doing it to avenge her friend, or if she hiding a monster inside. This book started out a bit slow, but then it quickly perked up, throwing secrets and plot-twists all around and keeping me at the edge of my seat, biting my tongue in anticipation and terror because I realized just how terrible and horribly good this book is going to be. There is no matter of convenience here, the author makes everything fall into chaos and cleanly sweeps her mess by answering all the questions right. The characters have all developed so wonderfully and I'm so glad to see that they are all back to being the lovely people I knew them to be in the first book. Esmae though. Esmae is just brilliant. She's ruthless and daring and lovely and evil sometimes, but I can't stop loving her or taking her side. I can't stop questioning her morality but I'm on her side anyway. The only grudge I have against this book is that it isn't even released yet and I have to wait indefinitely long for the sequel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    Squee Review: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/r... *** First impressions: It’s absolute perfection. I was so scared that the sequel wouldn’t live up to the brilliance of the first novel, but I need not have worried. I’m someone who grew up reading every single Mahabharata-related Amar Chitra Katha, memorized the fabulous 90s adaptation, and took a college Freshman Writing Seminar about the epic (we read the entire English translation! The entire thing!). The epic is very close to my heart and to see a Squee Review: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/r... *** First impressions: It’s absolute perfection. I was so scared that the sequel wouldn’t live up to the brilliance of the first novel, but I need not have worried. I’m someone who grew up reading every single Mahabharata-related Amar Chitra Katha, memorized the fabulous 90s adaptation, and took a college Freshman Writing Seminar about the epic (we read the entire English translation! The entire thing!). The epic is very close to my heart and to see a book like this take inspiration and twist elements *so perfectly* ... gah. I’m close to crying. All the allusions really got to me. Just so you know: this isn’t a retelling. I say “inspired by” for a reason. It’s very much its own story. Read my ramblings about the first book so you get a better idea about the YA SFF/space opera world-building: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... This is a terrible review, mostly because it isn’t one. Review to come on release date.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to start off by saying that this book was absolutely leagues above the first installment in the trilogy. Like the first book, this one jumps very quickly into the stakes and action. Little time is spent on the world-building, but enough of it is developed through the story that it doesn't feel too flimsy. The gods remain a key part of the story and a new element of their meddling is introd An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to start off by saying that this book was absolutely leagues above the first installment in the trilogy. Like the first book, this one jumps very quickly into the stakes and action. Little time is spent on the world-building, but enough of it is developed through the story that it doesn't feel too flimsy. The gods remain a key part of the story and a new element of their meddling is introduced, which really threw a few curve balls. The human characters themselves are ambitious, especially those vying for power and I just love when ambition tips too far into relentlessness. Esmae's own character development was probably the highlight of the novel. Gone is the naive girl who believes she is on the side of her brothers, and who is trying to do her best to reclaim her home. Living with a personal loss, she turns vicious and unwilling to bend. Her primary occupation is revenge against those she thought were on her side. It's a stark but realistic change in character, and I was totally loving it. I'm very excited to see what she will be willing to do - what she will become - in the final book. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nandini Bharadwaj

    Note: I received a free finished copy of the book via Caffeine Book Tours and Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review A Spark of White Fire had set the bar really high and I fully expected this book to surpass it. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was so glad I got the opportunity to read this ahead of publication date. Titania was one of my favourite characters from the previous book and I was so glad we got her perspective in this one. Her narration balan/>A Note: I received a free finished copy of the book via Caffeine Book Tours and Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review A Spark of White Fire had set the bar really high and I fully expected this book to surpass it. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was so glad I got the opportunity to read this ahead of publication date. Titania was one of my favourite characters from the previous book and I was so glad we got her perspective in this one. Her narration balanced out the heaviness of Esmae's voice, which was much darker in tone. The side characters also went through their own organic development, my favourites being Radha and Sybilla. While A Spark of White Fire had a slow build-up to a thrilling climax, in this the plot started at breakneck speed that carried on until the end. The way Mandanna puts her own spin on familiar elements from the Mahabharata was my favourite part of the first book and in this one too. As someone who read some more retellings/re-imaginings of this epic I have grown up with between the first and the second book, Mandanna's creativity made this series unlike anything I have read so far in the best of ways. The world-building was also kicked up a notch and I felt more immersed this time around. It's very difficult to talk about this book without giving away spoilers, so I'll just sum up my review by saying that A House of Rage and Sorrow had all the elements I loved in A Spark of White Fire but better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* The epic saga of Esmae's adventure continues in this thrilling sequel! Inspired by the Indian stories and mythology, Esmae has to face trickster gods, new danger and also her conflict between her true and adoptive family. I enjoyed thoroughly this book! It felt small in length as I read it but the action was fast-paced and the secrets, betrayals, and revelations kept comi I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* The epic saga of Esmae's adventure continues in this thrilling sequel! Inspired by the Indian stories and mythology, Esmae has to face trickster gods, new danger and also her conflict between her true and adoptive family. I enjoyed thoroughly this book! It felt small in length as I read it but the action was fast-paced and the secrets, betrayals, and revelations kept coming the one after the other! I also read Titania's POV and I believe that this will play a critical role in the final book. I also loved the romance; Max and Esmae are amazing together and the final moments tore my heart. Amba, the goddess also kind of redeemed for the first book. I seriously her the Rey family both for their hatred and curses but also for their pride and inaction in many of these chapters. I don't know who or what will survive in the final book. There are many open battles and that final scene was also a kind of a cliffhanger!

  9. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog and see some of my favorite quotes, hand-lettered **I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Sky Pony Press!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After all, I swore I’d destroy him. A god even told me I would. I don’t know what Kirrin meant when he said destroy, but one way or another, I will fulfill my vow and there will be justice for Rama. One way or another, somewhere down the line, I will destroy my brother. My twin./> read on my blog and see some of my favorite quotes, hand-lettered **I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Sky Pony Press!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** After all, I swore I’d destroy him. A god even told me I would. I don’t know what Kirrin meant when he said destroy, but one way or another, I will fulfill my vow and there will be justice for Rama. One way or another, somewhere down the line, I will destroy my brother. My twin. The one in the sun. A Spark of White Fire was one of my favorite reads of 2018, and I was dying to read the sequel. I mean, read the summary and tell me you didn’t get chills! Honestly, I was obsessively checking Edelweiss for this book, and I caught it but a few hours after it finally went up on Edelweiss. A House of Rage and Sorrow manages somehow to surpass its predecessor to deliver an even more intense story, with stunning writing, a thrilling plot, and wonderful character growth. We return to the characters that we know and love: Esmae, Max, Alexi, Bear, Amba, Kirrin, Sybilla, and so many more. They’re amidst a war after the duel that commenced in the previous book, and they’re all dealing with the consequences of it, Esmae in particular. She’s dealing with her grief by giving into her rage, and you all know I adore my angry female characters. She shines as the narrator, yet again, and her grief and anger is so potent, I could feel it through the pages. We also get a new narrator which allows us to escape Esmae’s narrow point of view. “What do you want from this war?” “I want you to hurt the way I hurt. You took my best friend from me. You lied to me. I loved you and you broke my heart. So I want you to feel all of that. I want you to know what it is to be broken. I want you to take away your reputation, your glory, and your crown. I want you to hurt.” There are tears on my face when I’m finished, and on his too. “You will be the end of me,” he says. I just love all the characters so much. My heart was bursting to the seams with the love I have for them, and I was honestly crying at certain stressful parts. Mandanna does not hold back in this book; there are so many emotionally packed scenes that I couldn’t put the book down, so I just read through my tears. I’m actually tearing up again just thinking about the last 25% of the book, don’t mind me. The character arcs are also so delightful. Again, Esmae is giving into her anger, but it’s a cold, calculated rage, and it’s fascinating to follow. Sybilla learns to open up, which is a mood, and Alexi has to deal with his warring feelings of honor and pride. There are more arcs that I adored, but they’re spoiler-y, so I’ll leave off. The folktales and the honey cakes are gone. Even if I were to look for them, I wouldn’t be able to find them. There’s only arrows and ash now. I speak of my love for the characters, and know that it primarily comes from the complexity of their relationships. Esmae wants to love her brothers, but how can she forgive them for beginning this war? She wanted to hate her uncle and Max, but they welcomed her far more than Alexi and her mother did. Nothing is as Esmae thought it would be when she began her journey. Yet amidst this war is so much love, love that’s overshadowed by duty and honor, by rage and sorrow. And not just among the humans: we see a lot more of the gods and the stakes they take in the characters’ lives, simply because they have a great deal of love for some of them. There’s more in terms of romance in A House of Rage and Sorrow, including a developing f/f ship. It’s a classic “one person hates feelings and the other has too many feelings,” and I already love them. Esmae and Max’s relationship also develops further. They have such a soft romance, and they just inherently understand each other so well. I can’t wait to see more of them. I must admit, when I received the physical ARC, I was a bit disappointed by the length of the book. It seemed short, and the font was a touch big. However, I really did not need to be; Mandanna packs so much intense plot into such a short amount of time. The pacing was perfect, not too fast, not too slow. I finished this book in about two hours, and my heart was racing the entire time. Again, I’m still screaming about the last quarter! The amount of pain I felt is not allowed! “This will destroy our family. It’ll destroy our House. Centuries of kings and queens, all gone.” “Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? A broken House, a ruined House. A House of rage and sorrow.” A House of Rage and Sorrow is one of the best books of 2019 and frankly one of my favorite sequels ever. It’s brilliant from start to finish and wonderfully written; I had to stop myself from highlighting every page. The characters and their relationships only grow more and more tangled amidst a high-stakes plot. I cannot recommend this series enough; its depiction of complex familial relationships and of love in surprising places and its wondrous writing and world building stun and amaze. You won’t be able to put A House of Rage and Sorrow down. original review: I’M FUCKING SCREAMING THAT LAST 25%

  10. 5 out of 5

    c,

    On my blog. Rep: South Asian inspired characters and setting, lesbian side characters, bi side character, nonbinary side character (very briefly) Galley provided by publisher After the end of A Spark of White Fire, I thought that I was prepared for whatever this book would throw at me. More fool me, because I could not have been less ready. A House of Rage and Sorrow picks up a few months after A Spark of White Fire finished. And that’s about all I can say about the plot (or almost anything about this book,/>A/>Galley On my blog. Rep: South Asian inspired characters and setting, lesbian side characters, bi side character, nonbinary side character (very briefly) Galley provided by publisher After the end of A Spark of White Fire, I thought that I was prepared for whatever this book would throw at me. More fool me, because I could not have been less ready. A House of Rage and Sorrow picks up a few months after A Spark of White Fire finished. And that’s about all I can say about the plot (or almost anything about this book, as I am finding out) without spoiling both this book and the first, if I’m honest. What I will say is that it’s a ride. It starts intense and just gets more so. If you thought the end of the first book made you breathless, well. This is something else. Central to what made book one so amazing were the characters and the relationships they shared. The same and even more is true of book two. It centres on a family at war, after [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] by [redacted] [redacted]. (I told you this was going to be hard to write without spoilers.) So basically, it’s all angst. That particular brand of family/sibling related angst that is just so good. What got me really hooked on this series (not that I wasn’t hooked before but, you know) was the twist at the end of book one. Well, book two tops that with an ending that will leave you left stunned (and also wondering when the book finished and why isn’t there more). Like, you’ll need a few minutes to catch your breath after it all (and after all the revelations). Which ties into what I love about this book (and series). You know me and attention span (i.e. it’s non-existent), but this series keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. There’s no let-up to how intense and action-packed it is (sometimes I have a general horror of YA sff just because it seems to be boring up until the two-thirds/three-quarters mark instead of spacing out the action more evenly, but that is distinctly not the case here). This is probably about all I can say about the book without spoilers, so all that’s left is for me to beg you to read this series. Please.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    🏹 Check out my review for A Spark of White Fire! Words cannot express how much I loved this sequel. Middle book syndrome who?! * action-packed from the first page to the last * we have a beautiful f/f romance developing and I am here for it * more Sybilla and her tough-on-the-outside-but-I'm-a-softie interior * so many threads come together, so many questions answered, so much excitement for the final book! You can read my full review on Reader Voracious Blog! -- I honestly/>You 🏹 Check out my review for A Spark of White Fire! Words cannot express how much I loved this sequel. Middle book syndrome who?! * action-packed from the first page to the last * we have a beautiful f/f romance developing and I am here for it * more Sybilla and her tough-on-the-outside-but-I'm-a-softie interior * so many threads come together, so many questions answered, so much excitement for the final book! You can read my full review on Reader Voracious Blog! -- I honestly think about Esmae and Titania at least two times per week, so please excuse me while I cry because I've been blessed with an eARC via Edelweiss for one of my most anticipated sequels of 2019! Thank you Sky Pony Press for sending me an eARC via Edelweiss for my honest review! Quotes are taken from an unfinished and uncorrected excerpt and may not match final publication.Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* A House of Rage and Sorrow is the second installment in Sangu Mandanna's Celestial Trilogy. The story picks up immediately from where A Spark of White Fire left off. Drawing on the Mahabharata and Indian mythology, Mandanna's trilogy takes the tropes of fate, love, and bargaining with the gods and shoots them to the stars. Fans of mythology and retellings will eat this up. You can fe *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* A House of Rage and Sorrow is the second installment in Sangu Mandanna's Celestial Trilogy. The story picks up immediately from where A Spark of White Fire left off. Drawing on the Mahabharata and Indian mythology, Mandanna's trilogy takes the tropes of fate, love, and bargaining with the gods and shoots them to the stars. Fans of mythology and retellings will eat this up. You can feel the intensity of what is happening between Esmae and her family, especially her brother Alexi and her mother Kyra Rey. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  13. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Celestial Trilogy is a series I've been a mega fan of since before I even read and loved A Spark of White Fire. And my love has only expanded thousand fold after reading A House of Rage and Sorrow. A House of Rage and Sorrow is a powerful and spectacular sequel. As you can tell from the title, it is a story full of powerful, all consuming rage, of betrayal that leaves us blind (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Celestial Trilogy is a series I've been a mega fan of since before I even read and loved A Spark of White Fire. And my love has only expanded thousand fold after reading A House of Rage and Sorrow. A House of Rage and Sorrow is a powerful and spectacular sequel. As you can tell from the title, it is a story full of powerful, all consuming rage, of betrayal that leaves us blind, and sorrow that cuts a hole in our heart, a shadow on our brightest days. A story about our loss which is a raging fire, pushing us into the world as someone new and entirely unpredictable. While being an extremely emotionally charged sequel, it is one that oozes vulnerability, grief, and the hard truths we can only acknowledge in the darkest of night. A House of Rage and Sorrow is full of gods, spaceships, sorrow, and grief. While it begins with a hilarious and informative list of characters, Mandanna constantly dances with the lines between humor, sorrow, and anger. How we can find a moment of laughter in the deepest pits of grief, or a chuckle in the face of an inferno. Once again, the characters are the true heroes of the story. Never before have they been more relatable - especially as they are in the depths of their emotions and growth. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shorouk Abd Elhamed

    This book was provided as an e-arc by NetGalley. First of all ,Could we appreciate the beauty of this cover?!. I just love it. Now , I loved the first book of this series way more than I expected so I was really excited to read the second book early. The book was so good and it deserved the four stars . The reason to why it isn't five stars for me will come later. I appreciate how the author started the novel because it worked as the perfect summary for me plus what I already This book was provided as an e-arc by NetGalley. First of all ,Could we appreciate the beauty of this cover?!. I just love it. Now , I loved the first book of this series way more than I expected so I was really excited to read the second book early. The book was so good and it deserved the four stars . The reason to why it isn't five stars for me will come later. I appreciate how the author started the novel because it worked as the perfect summary for me plus what I already remembered .The book had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming at all. One of them was really crazy for me.(view spoiler)[Max being a god didn't even cross my mind even if this literally happened a few pages prior (hide spoiler)] . I loved how the places were described here to keep the atmosphere of the book without being annoying. The characters: Here we go, Esmae: I tried really hard to love her but couldn't for the life of me. It was just a feeling at first then it had its proof.I continued to hate her so that dropped the star from the rating.she was stubborn and selfish most of the time. Also,I didn’t feel the romance between Max and Esmae. It wasn't good in my opinion. Titania: Contrary to what I said above. I loved Titania and her point of view. She made me smile many times also made the story more interesting. Alexi and bear: We get so little of them.I really need more of both of them because I loved their parts alot. Also I couldn't hat Alexi .Whatever happened I couldn't hate him.(view spoiler)[I was really relieved to see that my sense was correct and that he wasn't that bad. (hide spoiler)] The gods: All of them had good points. They made the story progress and I liked how the author used them especially Amba. Sybilla and Radha, I won't say much,they were just a delight.I really hope we see them again in the next book. I hated the ending not because it was a bad one . Contrary to that, I think the ending is a clever one and it made me really anticipating the next book. I hated it because (view spoiler)[of how stupid Esmae was . She infuriated me so what if her brother loves his mother. She was whining the whole story about her family and that she needed one then when her brother did the same, he became the enemy.Other than that even if I considered him bad, she just killed thousands just to destroy his dream. That was just merciless and insane .Ahh I hate her. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    A Spark of White Fire ★★★★★ A House of Rage and Sorrow ★★★★★ A House of Rage and Sorrow is a stunning sequel to a stunning YA Indian mythology inspired Sci-Fi Fantasy, A Spark of White Fire. It continues Esmae's story after the tragic and unexpected ending of the first installment. From family dynamics to individual power building, and from revenge to love, this sequel brings more emotions—and consequently, more tears—to the plate. It breaks any barrier, if one even existed, between gods and mortals in A Spark of White Fire ★★★★★ A House of Rage and Sorrow ★★★★★ A House of Rage and Sorrow is a stunning sequel to a stunning YA Indian mythology inspired Sci-Fi Fantasy, A Spark of White Fire. It continues Esmae's story after the tragic and unexpected ending of the first installment. From family dynamics to individual power building, and from revenge to love, this sequel brings more emotions—and consequently, more tears—to the plate. It breaks any barrier, if one even existed, between gods and mortals in the most surprising manner possible. Consider reading this review over at my blog! ☛ Build-up conflicts ☛ Revengeful ambitions ☛ Salty family relations ☛ Layers of deception ☛ Underlying mystery ☛ Gods meet mortals ☛ Vengeful craving ☛ Queer side characters ☛ POV of a sentient spaceship ☛ Space action sequence ☛ Chaos guided by anguish ☛ Desperation gives rise to power Trigger warnings: Grief, heartbreak, revengeful thoughts, mistrust, weakened relationship with biological mother, loss of a body part, sadness due to hesitation in accepting one's sexuality. “After all, what are we now? A broken House, a ruined House. A House of rage and sorrow.” How difficult can it be to pronounce your love for a sequel without delving into the essence of the first book for it will open the doors to spoilers? Very. But that's exactly what I'm aiming for because if there's something I'm shamelessly scared of is anyone coming across spoilers from this book. It uses the loose strands of the first installment to effectively torture the readers with even more intense emotions and surprise them with just as many revelations. For someone who has read A Spark of White Fire, this will impress you even more with all the added complexity in the overall plot as well as in Esmae's character. For those who have stumbled upon this review without reading the first book, please read my desperate review of it and pick it up now, thank you. "There are truths in each of us that we do not dare look at, lest they break us." Esmae continues to be a strong YA female but this sequel brings her under a spotlight that glows her powers, her strength, her stern decision to take revenge even more, and simultaneously fluctuates to show her weakness and everything else that essentially makes her a human. She remains to be the independent personality who is ready to carve her own path and while the path is never smooth, her courage and bravery will impress the readers without a doubt. Her character, despite being the main protagonist of the story, doesn't try to appear as a flawless young person and that is certainly what makes me love her so much. I don’t want to do that, not really. My rage is colder and bitterer than that. The complex family that made up all the pieces on this chessboard turns even more complex—yes, it's possible—with the sudden rush of rage inside Esmae and those who are directly or indirectly affected by her. Esmae's one true desire to belong with those she had always assumed to love and with those who she has come to love is dealt with in this story, and it'll surely bring tears—of joy or sorrow, find out for yourself. If there's someone lost, there's someone found so I like to think of this installment as a balanced see-saw which somehow makes you cry. "Do you really think all I am is a bow and a sword?" The revelations were shocking, surprising, staggering, and every other synonym of 'they f*ck you up'. Right when you think nothing can surpass this disclosure BAM! one comes right at you with full intensity and you will have to look around and wonder what just happened. The inspiration drawn from Mahabharata is even more vivid and as a South-Asian blogger, I feel happy about it, very happy. Along with the great development of our Esmae, the side characters—including Titania—have their own individual arcs to come to life for the readers. Girls are too easily broken. Are we? Or is it just that more people want to break us? If I list out all the characters involved in this sequel, there'll be a huge possibility of giving away spoilers so if you wish to know about the characters frequently seen in the series, you can read my review of A Spark of White Fire . Overall, I will probably never stop shouting my love for these books and while, on other days, my methods to urge everyone to pick this up might not be the most subtle, I try my best to politely request everyone to give these amazing characters and an even more amazing storyline a chance. But today, I'm just going to scream: READ THIS! I received a digital copy of this via my participation in a blog tour organized by Shealea @CaffeineBookTours as well as via Netgalley. Thank you so much, Sangu Mandanna and Sky Pony Press! Initial:Just finished this and I need a few days to process all the revelations and plot twists. While the first book focused on Esmae more, this one brings all the side characters' stories into the mix and it's ultimately all about relationships, friendships, forgiveness, anger, and UGH, so many emotions. I cried so that says something. Review to come! I don't know what I did to deserve this but I'm on the blog tour for this anticipated sequel, OMG! Thanks to Shealea, I'll be a part of a group of readers fangirling this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    shri (sunandchai)

    Doing a blog tour in August—review to come.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    So I just finished reading this book and I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do with myself right now. I think I’m still in shock, and also dying over the fact that I can’t read the next book yet because this book isn’t even out and I just… need to know what happens next… please… help This book picks up about three months after the explosive and shocking end of the first book in the trilogy, A Spark of White Fire. It’s been a few months since I read that one, so at first I was a So I just finished reading this book and I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do with myself right now. I think I’m still in shock, and also dying over the fact that I can’t read the next book yet because this book isn’t even out and I just… need to know what happens next… please… help This book picks up about three months after the explosive and shocking end of the first book in the trilogy, A Spark of White Fire. It’s been a few months since I read that one, so at first I was a little confused over what was happening, but there’s actually a very helpful character guide at the beginning of the book that gives character descriptions, and so with that, after a few chapters, I was able to easily get back into the thicket of the action. This book definitely has a darker and more somber theme than the first one. Esmae has done so much growing up from then, and the naive girl who just wanted to help her brother and go home is gone, replaced by someone who wants revenge and justice. She’s been lied, tricked, or betrayed by basically everyone she loves and trusts, and she struggles with dark, depressed thoughts throughout the novel that manifest themselves as bitterness and a thirst for revenge, as well as just withdrawing herself and shutting everyone out. This book really developed her, for good and for bad, and with the author’s great writing, I could really feel her pain through the pages of the book and just wanted to lean in a give her a hug. Aside from just Esmae, the entire tone of the novel and the entire world felt so much darker as well, particularly since the stakes were so much higher. A war is starting, and I was holding my breath and frantically turning pages to see what would happen. People die, characters have to confront their worst fears and truths, and weapons with terrible destructive potential are teased. This book, like the last one, also played with morally grey characters and situations. No character was a saint, and they all did some pretty awful things that they justified in their own ways, and I loved seeing the complexities of the situations as characters toyed with darkness. I adored the world that got more fully developed in this novel. This series is so unique and cool in the way it blends science fiction with fantasy in a way I absolutely adore: gods and myths flying spaceships across planets! We got to learn more about the gods and their backstories, and ancient myths that were coming alive to haunt the characters. This is also based off Indian mythology, so it was cool to read about and learn something new for me! One thing I have mixed feelings about is that Esmae’s sentient warship, Titania, has a few chapters from her own POV in this book! I love Titania–she’s a great character who really cares about Esmae and it’s so fun and interesting to see the juxtoposition of a legendary unbeatable warship burning cities with one singing songs and getting excited to do trick shows–so I really enjoyed seeing her perspective! At the same time though, I dislike it when books add in unnecessary other POVs in sequels and subsequent books, especially since this time, most of the time it seemed to pop up just to give us exposition and info dumps, and felt kind of lazy like the author only used it because she needed to give readers information and couldn’t think of any other way. So for most of the book, I was enjoying it. Pretty good, but not spectacular. And then I hit the last 50 pages or so and…oh man. It really hit the fan. I was shocked and glued to the book as what felt like twist after twist after twist were revealed! The ending was absolutely incredible, and the last page…ohmigosh I might die waiting for the next book!! 4.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    Second book syndrome? I don’t know her. I am giving this book all the stars because it broke me and the world is not ready. Review to follow. Pleased to say that with the author's blessing, I will be organizing a blog tour for A House of Rage and Sorrow, which you can sign up for!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lulai

    I talk way too much about A Spark of White fire let me tell you I will talk way too much about the sequel The political stakes increase in this sequel, indeed at the end of the first volume, the war was finally declared and our characters are from being in the clear. Indeed, now it's time to find allies, money, and even if an open war is not yet there, it is in preparation. I really liked this second volume for this mix between politics and development of the universe. The gods are pr I talk way too much about A Spark of White fire let me tell you I will talk way too much about the sequel The political stakes increase in this sequel, indeed at the end of the first volume, the war was finally declared and our characters are from being in the clear. Indeed, now it's time to find allies, money, and even if an open war is not yet there, it is in preparation. I really liked this second volume for this mix between politics and development of the universe. The gods are present and interact with humans, we will discover new deities and their stories and I loved what the author has done in this sequel about them and the links between each one of them. Esmae our heroine goes from bad surprises to bad surprises, she discovers some truths and it hurts. The advantage of this second volume lies in the point of view of Titania, you know, the ship. She has her own personality and brings a lot to the story. Indeed, her point of view brings more information about the general plot, but she has a personality so unique and endearing that she is really apart. I really liked this decision of the author to add this point of view in particular. For my overall opinion, we have a book with a beautiful story and a writing style just as beautiful. The characters are exceptional and frankly endearing. They are built with layers and layers of emotions and I loved it. Frankly, I love this sequel a lot and everyone should read this serie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charvi

    FULL REVIEW ON THE BLOG I JUST LOVED THIS BRILLIANT MASTERPIECE SO FREAKING MUCH!!! Sangu Mandanna has a beautiful writing style that is very simple and elegant and pulls the reader into the story. I especially love how she ends each chapter and draws on various metaphors throughout the story. This was definitely a blockbuster hit for me even though I’m numb and emotionally compromised right now. It’s okay, sacrifices were made and in the end, I regret nothing. This wa FULL REVIEW ON THE BLOG I JUST LOVED THIS BRILLIANT MASTERPIECE SO FREAKING MUCH!!! Sangu Mandanna has a beautiful writing style that is very simple and elegant and pulls the reader into the story. I especially love how she ends each chapter and draws on various metaphors throughout the story. This was definitely a blockbuster hit for me even though I’m numb and emotionally compromised right now. It’s okay, sacrifices were made and in the end, I regret nothing. This was a beautifully plotted book with great descriptions and breathtaking interpretations of Mahabharata. I’m not going to stop recommending it anytime soon so if you don’t want me breathing down your neck every moment just go pick A House Of Rage And Sorrow in Sept when it releases. Meanwhile, I’m just going to be staring in space now as I wait for the third book to be released. Just kidding, I wanted to make a space reference, in actuality I’m just gonna cry and pine after the third book in this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the second book of this Mahabharata-inspired space opera series to come out and practically screamed when I saw the ARC for this. I’ve been dying to know what would happen next and this more than lived up to my expectations. I could not have loved it more! Sangu Mandanna is an incredible author and I’m so glad this series put her on my radar. Her plot is engaging, perfectly paced, and never lets up. There’s one twist and turn after another and I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the second book of this Mahabharata-inspired space opera series to come out and practically screamed when I saw the ARC for this. I’ve been dying to know what would happen next and this more than lived up to my expectations. I could not have loved it more! Sangu Mandanna is an incredible author and I’m so glad this series put her on my radar. Her plot is engaging, perfectly paced, and never lets up. There’s one twist and turn after another and I really don’t want to say much about the actual plot because it was such a delight to experience. The story is primarily told from Esmae’s point of view but we also get the occasional chapter from Titania, the sentient warship. Titania’s POV is a stellar addition, not only to provide additional context and insight but because of how funny she can be. This added some levity and helped keep everything balanced. Esmae is furious because of events from the last book and rightly so. Her anger fuels her decisions and not always in the best ways. Her desire for revenge has pulled her focus away from even good things, like her potential relationship with Max, and it’s also clouded her judgment when it comes to strategy. Then there’s the matter of her weakness for her mother. How Esmae refused to see her mother as her enemy, I’ll never know but my heart was in my throat, even as I hoped she wasn’t as deluded as I believed her to be. But Esmae's strength and conviction carries her through each difficulty and my admiration for her continues to grow. Max has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning, well before we knew his true origin. He takes such good care of Esmae, respectful of her boundaries while still hoping for more for them. His character arc is gripping and it’s only going to be more so in the next book. I’m here for it! One of the more interesting aspects to this story is the way it examined the gods and how they treat humans as puppets. The gods rarely face consequences for their actions. I was fascinated by the exceptions to that rule and how those things played out. The ending made me cry. There were so many heartbreaking moments along the way but gah, this one really did me in, even more so than the ending of A Spark of White Fire. I still want to read The Mahabharata so I can see where Mandanna took inspiration but now I think I’ll wait until this series is done. Most myths have sad endings and I’m hoping she’ll find a way to give us a happily ever after for Max and Esmae that does not come at the expense of Esmae’s brothers. I have no idea how she’ll be able to pull it off but I trust that she can. CW: toxic family members, parental abandonment, violence, grief, adoption, stabbing, (view spoiler)[murder/execution (hide spoiler)] Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Visagie

    Read more at www.yourwordsmyink.com Cue simultaneous screaming and sobbing. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I freaked out over the first book and how good it was, but A House of Rage and Sorrow takes the cake. OMG. My love for this series will never end and I need the third book ASAP. Okay, let me take a few deep breaths as I try to sort out my thoughts. We're thrown right back into the stunningly unique world created by Mandanna. She blends sci-fi with fantasy like no other author. Both these novels are inspired b Read more at www.yourwordsmyink.com Cue simultaneous screaming and sobbing. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I freaked out over the first book and how good it was, but A House of Rage and Sorrow takes the cake. OMG. My love for this series will never end and I need the third book ASAP. Okay, let me take a few deep breaths as I try to sort out my thoughts. We're thrown right back into the stunningly unique world created by Mandanna. She blends sci-fi with fantasy like no other author. Both these novels are inspired by the Mahabharata, an Indian epic, which I haven't read and didn't know about before now, but I will most definitely be checking it out. A House of Rage and Sorrow gives us some more knowledge about the world and its myths and legends, and I am here for it. The plot also never lets you catch your breath. It's constantly moving and keeps you hooked. Every scene and every chapter leads us to the finale of the book, and some revelations were made that shocked the hell out of me. I can't wait to see what happens further, especially since there are some mysteries that remain. A big thing that had me screaming about this book was the representation. I'm going to compare it to Star Trek (my ultimate sci-fi) in the sense that I hope our future can be like this book. We have such a diverse set of characters, lesbian, bi, genderneutral, genderfluid, even a change of gender. And no one bats an eye. My perfect future is where, like in Star Trek and in AHORAS, everyone is accepted and can just be who they are. That is what makes this book so special.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Just like the first book in this trilogy, this was again a fun, fast-paced read. I was especially excited to see Titania, the sentient spaceship, has a POV in here as well! There were some twists and turns I did not see coming. However, I did wish some things were more resolved, especially when it comes to the characterization of some of the side characters. There motivations weren't always exactly clear, and that made it sometimes hard to stay invested in the story. I would especiall Just like the first book in this trilogy, this was again a fun, fast-paced read. I was especially excited to see Titania, the sentient spaceship, has a POV in here as well! There were some twists and turns I did not see coming. However, I did wish some things were more resolved, especially when it comes to the characterization of some of the side characters. There motivations weren't always exactly clear, and that made it sometimes hard to stay invested in the story. I would especially have liked to see more of an exploration of Max and Alexi's characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsies Crazy4Books

    Esmae is a morally grey character set on destruction. Her decent into darkness has cemented her as one of my favorite characters. I loved her sharp mind and strategizing. Full of rage and pain she will not be stopped. Shes determined to make the people who betrayed her feel her pain and I loved that drive for vengeance. Nothing turns to hate faster than love betrayed and nothing can tear us down to the core like family. Those scars run deep and its the people close to her that keep her from comp Esmae is a morally grey character set on destruction. Her decent into darkness has cemented her as one of my favorite characters. I loved her sharp mind and strategizing. Full of rage and pain she will not be stopped. Shes determined to make the people who betrayed her feel her pain and I loved that drive for vengeance. Nothing turns to hate faster than love betrayed and nothing can tear us down to the core like family. Those scars run deep and its the people close to her that keep her from completely falling apart. Her ship Titania played a bigger part than I expected. I loved her chapters and her relationship with Esmae. The amount of secrets and knowledge she possesses made her chapters very intriguing. I also love being in the mind of any kind of artificial intelligence. Her feelings and dreams are processed differently, but no less real. An unbeatable war machine who hates the idea of being a destructive force. Esmaes strained relationship with her mother and brother is the main focus, but theres also some cute romance and great friendships. I liked how the relationship between Esmae and Max didnt feel rushed. Max was a sweet love interest who fully accepted Esmae, darkness and all. His tendency to create was a good balance to Esmaes need to destroy. I thought the toy shop scene with Max was really heartwarming. Esmaes two closest friends her bodyguard Sybilla and childhood friend Radha felt well developped with their own flaws and qualities. I was thrilled to see them slowly develop feelings for each other in another case of opposites attract. Esmae also has a touching relationship with her Uncle, the King. She sees the good in him despite having stolen the throne from her brother. He's a kind ruler who truly cares about his people. What was even more moving was Esmaes relationship with the Goddess of War. I really enjoyed the immersive storytelling with all its mind blowing twists and turns. It was so gripping I lost track of time and that rarely happens anymore. It was high stakes the entire time and despite the quick pace the characters felt real. Theres a good balance of inner and external struggles. I liked the complicated family dynamics and how both sides had their faults. The Trickster Gods schemes were super entertaining and kept me guessing. Then theres the characters exciting journey to the Empty Moon. Theres some revelations about the fallen god that seemed obvious to me, but I cant remember if its because we learn about it in the first book. Plus I still dont understand how a mother could choose one child over another, even with a curse. Those were just minor issues and overall this is a fantastic story with themes of family, love, grief, jealousy, betrayal, and vengeance. I absolutely loved the world inspired by ancient Indian stories with its meddling gods, shapeshifting demons, and star devouring beast. I thought the spaceship kingdom setting was really awesome. They have to navigate a treacherous sea with dangerous beasts and a ice coated forest where they are confronted by huge wolves who demand their deepest and darkest truth. One of my favorite parts of the world has to be Titania, an indestructible sentient ship made by gods. I dont understand why they couldn't reattach a thumb with their advanced technology when we can do that now, especially since they do have a way of sealing wounds with a laser. The scifi elements dont have much logic behind them, but I really enjoyed the blend of fantasy and space. I cant wait for the third book. Id definitely recommend picking it up if you're looking for a gripping and diverse space opera with dark and compelling characters. Diversity: Indian, LGBT+ SC, Blind SC, Prosthetics Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, Murder, War, Massacre, Child Abandonment, Parental Abuse, Animal Attack, *This book was received for an honest review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori Harris

    Review on my Blogin part of the blog tour that Shealea @ Caffeine Tours is running. A Spark of White Fire: 5 stars Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss for this blog tour, which in no way affects my opinion. All thoughts are my own. I kinda have been really implying that I had an ARC of this book on my blog since I posted my review of the first book. Seriously, ya'll are not ready for this book. A Spark of White Fire has been one of my favorite reads this Review on my Blogin part of the blog tour that Shealea @ Caffeine Tours is running. A Spark of White Fire: 5 stars Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss for this blog tour, which in no way affects my opinion. All thoughts are my own. I kinda have been really implying that I had an ARC of this book on my blog since I posted my review of the first book. Seriously, ya'll are not ready for this book. A Spark of White Fire has been one of my favorite reads this year, and I'm now sure that the sequel is to another level. It's so brilliant, gorgeous, and everything I totally did not expect in this book. And I think I may have completely fell in love with it, after reading that cliffhanger. That cliffhanger was holy crap? Can I talk to someone about that cliffhanger, because I seriously did not expect that. How, what? What the? It it just left me breathless just like the rest of the novel. I'm seriously so impressed and in awe, but less try to talk about it. But where could I get the third book? Much less, who do I have to sell my soul to, to get an ARC of the next book? I loved how much was a lot more at stake, and literally I was impressed. The last book was good, but this was seriously so good. It took a bit for me to read this book, but wow, was it good. I really can't wait until the next book came out. This book is the start of war and there is a lot of scheming and political power involved in the book.  It makes the book so entertaining, and seeing what is at stake is seriously impressive. Which literally leads us to that cliffhanger which is again, still epic and I'm shook. The whole found family, and the squad is seriously still so epic. This book really plays that into play with how A Spark of White Fire ended. The danger schemes, and oh my god, I'm in love. This seriously has to be the best sequel that was ever made right now.  The characters are seriously so lovable, and so brilliant. I really love Esmae and her reactions to what is happening. The whole found family, and Esmae wanting to be with her mother is actually an interesting concept. I loved how Esmae adjusted from the first book, and it shows in this book.  We managed to get Titania's POV in a few chapters, and I was totally here for that. There were few places where I forgot that she wasn't actually human, but a warship nonetheless. She is seriously still a sassy warship, and I am here for that. The writing is still lush, and gorgeous nonetheless, just like the last book was. It was so magical, and I loved the descriptions, and the whole bunch of world-building that taken place in the world. The author continue to expand this universe, and I'd kinda really would love to be in this world. The pacing was still slow in this book. There were a few spots that were agonizing slow, but I am looking past the pacing because this book is truly wonderful.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    A Spark of White Fire> is so good, and I appreciated it even more on reread. A House of Rage and Sorrow also has its merits, but it didn't necessarily head in the direction I'd hoped. My problems here were largely borne of the pacing. Despite the war going on due to the events of the prior novel, emotionally things are flat for the bulk of A House of Rage and Sorrow. Esmae spent all of book one trying to avert a prophecy, but after the death of her best friend, she's now pursuing the destructio A Spark of White Fire> is so good, and I appreciated it even more on reread. A House of Rage and Sorrow also has its merits, but it didn't necessarily head in the direction I'd hoped. My problems here were largely borne of the pacing. Despite the war going on due to the events of the prior novel, emotionally things are flat for the bulk of A House of Rage and Sorrow. Esmae spent all of book one trying to avert a prophecy, but after the death of her best friend, she's now pursuing the destruction of her brother mindlessly, exactly as was foretold. I get it, sort of, but it's not as intellectually interesting to read about, especially as Esmae seems almost flat in her pursuit of revenge. Even though she's committed to her course, she seems less torn for a lot of the book than I would expect her to be, having known her character in book one. A definite weak point is the addition of Titania's POV. Titania's fascinating for a spaceship, but her POV is still flat as a pancake and boring as can be. Thankfully it's not too frequent, but there's absolutely no evidence for this POV actually being necessary to tell the story. I disliked every one of those chapters. However, the latter half of the book picks back up and exhibits that excellent plotting from book one again. The twists come hard and fast, and now I absolutely have to read the final book in the series, which I was on the fence about initially. (view spoiler)[Max is a reincarnated god! Amba died (predictable but still will be interesting for book three). Alexi didn't kill Rama, their mom did!!!! (hide spoiler)] I really hope three brings that fire and tension from the beginning, like book one did. A House of Rage and Sorrow tended to be too emotionally flat for me until the end of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shruti Ramanujam

    Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 I was really scared about reading this book because: a. I didn't want my beloved characters to be hurt in any way at all; and b. I was worried it might suffer from Second Book Syndrome. But I mustered up the courage to read it anyway, and boy, am I glad! This is yet another book that is definitely making it to my Top 10 Favorite Reads of the year and I'm going to be screaming about it for ages to come! Read my review on This is Lit.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    There are so many things I want to say about this book. It's been a while since I've come across a book series that I love this much. It's killing me to know I'll have to wait at least a year for book 3. I love Esmae as a character. I love her anger and her strength. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming (and one major one that I've been expecting since book 1, so happy to know I was right). And after that ending, I'm both terrified and excited to s There are so many things I want to say about this book. It's been a while since I've come across a book series that I love this much. It's killing me to know I'll have to wait at least a year for book 3. I love Esmae as a character. I love her anger and her strength. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming (and one major one that I've been expecting since book 1, so happy to know I was right). And after that ending, I'm both terrified and excited to see what happens next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Actual rating: 5/5 HOLY SHIT. Y'all thought A Spark of White Fire was painful? YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THIS. Find more from me: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  30. 4 out of 5

    Horsegirl

    Loved it.

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