Dark Immolation: Chaos Queen (Book 2)
by Christopher Husberg
“A new religion is rising, gathering followers drawn by rumors of prophetess Jane Oden. Her sister Cinzia – once a Cantic priestess – is by her side, but fears that Jane will lead them to ruin. For both Church and the Nazaniin assassins are still on their trail, and much worse may come.
Knot, his true nature now revealed if not truly understood, is haunted by his memories, and is not the ally he once was. Astrid travels to Tinska to find answers for her friend, but the child-like vampire has old enemies who have been waiting for her return. And beyond the Blood Gate in the empire of Roden, a tiellan woman finds herself with a new protector. One who wants to use her extraordinary abilities for his own ends…”
After reading Duskfall last year, I knew had to read the rest of the series and wrote it all down in my book releases notebook. Then Titan Books sent me a press release, I just had to read Dark Immolation. You do need to have read Duskfall, otherwise you will not really know what is going on, you will have also missed the world-building and character development.
Winter is a prisoner in Izet after the death of the Tocal and Emperor. Daval Amok is the new Tocal and looking at the empty position of Emperor, mostly because he is controlled by Azael (the Fear Lord). Knot, Astrid, Jane and Cinzia make their way to Jane and Cinzia’s family estate, where they find a large gathering of people who have travelled to see the Prophetess. With a lot of people there comes divisions and trouble, but a prophetess can heal rifts. Astrid has to encounter her past while Knot deals with the consequences of having multiple sifts living within him.
Normally sequels drop off, but this is not one of those, it picks up a couple of months after the end of Duskfall and is straight into the intrigue and plotting that takes place, along with many twists and turns which is only able to happen by following multiple characters from each area. You feel for most of the characters, but there are a couple that you love to hate, and by feeling for these characters it made me go through a whole range of emotions.
After getting to know the characters in the first book and see them develop, it was really lovely to just enjoy their stories, enjoy might be a strong word with the struggles that are contained within. I cannot pick a favourite part, it was just amazing to be transported back to the Sfaera, I found it interesting to see the Void and to learn about acumency. I do not feel that as much action happened compared to the first book, however, each book is a progression of the story and it would not have fitted with this part of the story.
I love a lot of the characters and it is not nromal for me to say that, I adored getting to know more about Cinzia and Jane’s family, I also loved getting to meet more characters as the world grows. I am definitely intrigued by what is going to happen next to all my favourites, I am not sure I can wait a year!
Dark Immolation ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the quintet continues in Heart’s Night which will be published next Summer.
While reading this book, I described it as a continuation of a religious change with a fight against evil. I would recommend it to adults and older teenagers. 5 out of 5.