All the heart eyes for this one Book two does nothing but extend and improve the amazingness from book one I would normally be so sad at having to wait what will probably be years before book three comes out, but then I think about how I ll get to re read the first two several times between now and then, and the wait doesn t seem so bad Persephone and Vespasian may have taken over a spot in my top three otp s Forget Willow and Tara Perspasian for life It s an interesting thing about middle books The Dead Shall Live picks up right where This Crumbling Pageant left off it is NOT a stand alone book I don t want to be spoilery For me, the pace was a little slow That worked for Vespasian and Persephone s developing I m not sure if one can call it a relationship yet Yes, they re tied together through their magic, but both of them are working on accepting their magic and themselves, and in that process also accepting each other I felt the book was mostly about them, and everything else was secondary I don t know if that s the intent or my perception I do have to say there were so many heads I wanted to knock together, though I felt like there was a lot of progression toward Untune the Sky many things that possibly needed to be set up for that book to work Of course, I won t know that until I read it There were some things that did truly shock me, I won t say what because they may not be the things that shock others Redemption and moving on from your past that those things don t permanently mold you and as people we are still mutable and worth forgiveness are a theme I did have a couple of issues with some things the idea that one s gender determines the capacity for magic bothered me There also seemed to be no after effects from an event that occurred because of this, which puzzles me Robin was not in it nearly as much as I expected I had a thought about Robin and the fear that he is not capable of being the True King I suddenly thought of the movie Excalibur, the one with Helen Mirren, and what a bumbling fool Arthur was when he first appeared in the film That s just my personal take on it, but what s the line Some people are born great, some people achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them I had to look it up Twelfth Night I don t understand and this could be my reading too fast why exactly Sebastian is doing what he is That s something I am guessing will be answered in Untune the Sky He is already adored For some people that isn t enough They want it all I understand that mind magic is probably being used on the family I hope I really enjoyed the time in Ireland I liked that Vespasian unquestioningly backed Persephone up Ah Missed opportunities Geralt I loved, loved that whole story It seems like such a small part, and maybe it is, but it says so much about accepting what is given And how you treat what is given, or at least what you think is given, because when it comes down to it, that s a pretty arrogant thought and maybe that s part of the problem I like that it linked back to family, because that is definitely foreshadowing I m not sure this is a review or an after book discussion thing that gets stuck at the end It s my thoughts at the moment after some time to reflect I am definitely looking forward to Untune the Sky, because really at this point I think I have questions than answers And I also have some hope that maybe Persephone and Vespasian might find, if not love, at least mutual respect and understanding For Geralt s sake Review based on an ARC from the author. At Last The Sequel To The Award Winning Fantasy Romance This Crumbling Pageant Is Here At Midnight On Samhain, The Dead Shall Roam The Dead Shall Live Begins The Moment The Award Winning Dark YA Fantasy, This Crumbling Pageant, Ends With Two Kings But Only One Throne Persephone Fury S Dark Powers Are Finally Under Control But At A Horrific Price, And She Is Married To A Man She Has Long Loathed But With Whom She Shares Her DarknessNevertheless, Her Beloved Robin Has Sworn To Bring Her Back From The DarkTo Unthrone The Usurper, Return To The Cradle Of The Fury This Mysterious Message From Within The Stronghold Of The Enemy Sends Persephone To Ireland With Vespasian There, They Will Finally Learn The Truth And Horror Of Their Dark Powers And The Prophecy That Binds Them Together Death In All Its Forms Is Vespasian S Gift And Persephone S CurseHow Much Of Her Soul Will She Have To Sacrifice To The Darkness Within And Under The Malevolent Midnight Moon On Samhain, Who Are The Dead That Shall LivePreorder THE DEAD SHALL LIVE Today Only Everywhere This Crumbling Pageant Is Everywhere Through The End Of ART READING TODAY Kindle Book Stores Around The World I received this book for free in return for an honest review.Wow This book is amazing It is the second in the series of The Fury Triad and I think it is even better than the first This book starts off with a bang It is simply a continuation of This Crumbling Pageant, but it doesn t let up through the entire story I was totally immersed in this story and couldn t put it down The story is set in Ireland, but the world building and descriptions are wonderfully done The characters are fantastic You can feel their anger and sadness throughout the whole story Ms Burroughs has not let us down with this story I can t wait until the next one is out. Best Series Ever I downloaded the first in this series, The Crumbling Pageant, months ago but never got around to reading it I m so glad that i finally did,I m in love Patricia creates a world with characters in our that draw you in and you never want to leave Her stories kept me up until 3am, only going to bed because i literally couldn t keep my eyes open any longer The Dead Shall Live was just as good as the first in this triad The worst part about it is that the third is not out for me to download yet My favorite part about this story of Persephone Fury Wyllt s life is that you experience every thought and feeling that goes through her and her wretched husband, who believe it or not you actually end up liking There were so many new revelations in this book,both good and bad, that i can t wait to see where they take the story This book does end on somewhat of a cliff hanger,but that doesn t bother me I honestly can t say enough good things about this storyline It s definitely one that will leave me empty and depressed when it is over. Disclaimer I was given this book for free as part of the Library Thing Early Reviewer LTER program for an honest review This book picks up where book one left of The book continues to have great story and character development Persephone continues to explore her powers and how they intertwine with Vespasian.It was great to see Persephone grow and mature as the story progresses I found myself liking her and many of the decisions she had to make I also like her and Vespasian as a couple, and though it was not a healthy or good relationship to begin with, I felt that as they grew as people, their relationship grew and improved.Many of the characters from the first book appear in this second book It was good to see how they influenced the story and their role and relationship with both Persephone and Vespasian I eagerly await the relase of book 3 in the trilogy, as book 2 ended with an amazing story twist that I did not see coming. I didn t think it was possible to come close to the first book in this series, but this does and then some I am so invested in these characters I don t want the series to ever end Persephone and Vespasian have a love hate relationship that neither one is truly aware of At times you just want to shake them It is hard for them given their pursuit of evil in the courts Between the war and the changes in her family, she truly seems alone at times This is a very complicated story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat It is very hard to get into details without giving spoilers This series is so well written I truly believe it should be read by all Can hardly wait for next book This review will contain spoilers.This is a staggering novel that kept me up late every single night until I finished reading a masterful blending of fantasy, mystery, and romance And if you re a sucker for romance like I am, you will not be disappointed.I am putty in the hands of an author who can portray a protagonist whose journey checks off all my boxes Give me a man from a family cursed with poverty that brings about neglect of all his needs, emotional as well as physical Let him have a past in which he does things, both good and bad, for ignoble reasons Now, give him an epiphany of understanding that drives him to do the right things for his people, regardless of the consequences for him personally Have him deny himself any solace as self imposed punishment for his sins.Now bring in a woman who sees through to the core of him and chooses him anyway Chooses him over and over again, regardless of who asks the question.Persephone is a mighty heroine, acknowledged by all even her impossible husband as the most powerful magician in recent memory As a child she had an insatiable drive to learn As a woman, she is able to channel that learning into finding the full meaning of the prophecy that drives the Earthborn rebellion.I waited for what felt like forever for this book to be published It is the second book in the Fury Triad, preceded by This Crumbling Pageant.There is a different feel to this book, in that it has a somewhat narrower focus The first book immersed me in the world building of the Regency era Magi and specifically, the role Persephone plays in the struggle to crown the True King of Magi England The Dead Shall Live focuses on Persephone and the Earthborn rebels on what they must do to survive to fight another day Persephone, with the help of her difficult husband, Vespasian Wyllt, has decimated the entire army of the pretender to the throne, but in spite of her best efforts, the pretender survives.The Dead Shall Live begins exactly where This Crumbling Pageant ended Literally in the same scene The Earthborn have lived with the prophecy of the coming of the True King for a long time As The Dead Shall Live opens, their Seer has just named Robin Fitzwilliam, Persephone s erstwhile fiance, as the True King It is no surprise that Vespasian utterly rejects the proclamation, but he is a bit surprised when Persephone repudiates it as well She knows Robin is too weak to be their king.Persephone has loved Robin since she was thirteen years old, but she is a married woman now Robin and all the Fury family believe that she was kidnapped and forced into marriage with Vespasian, but Persephone is quick to contradict that notion every time it s expressed Vociferously She didn t marry for love, and virtually no kindness exists between her and Vespasian, but she chooses to align herself with the Earthborn and their leader, her wretched husband.This book takes us from Wales and the sacred grove where the Earthborn sheltered, to a wooden masted ship sailing the Irish Sea, to the town of Youghal in Ireland Throughout the journey, we watch the dance between Persephone and Vespasian Both are too intelligent and learned to be understood by anyone else Both have deep resentment toward the other for a variety of reasons But both have also experienced the stupendous power they wield when they blend their magic together.And say what you will about either of them, but the power they share is of an aphrodisiac than any love potion.I received an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Mere moments ago I finished The Dead Shall Live in a tumult of emotion, the primary one is I can t believe it is better than This Crumbling Pageant I truly can t believe it, but so it is.Of course, I hardly know how to write this review without spoilers because the dead who lived is not really the dead I expected to live, but know that that person is living, I see where the clues led I mean, before that dead person actually drew breath, I had it figured out, but throughout the reading, I didn t put them together until near the end.Another aspect I am not sure how to write about without giving away too much is that there is a sub theme of redemption Some who we may think despicable may not be quite as awful as we thought and some who we though quite delightful just might not seems that way now Persephone has depths we could never have imagined Let me also caution the reader Unless one has read This Crumbling Pageant one will be hard pressed to understand what the heck is going on in this, Volume Two of the Fury Triad.The expression Never trust a Fury turns up in the dangest most unexpected places and at last we learn the story behind it and well deserved it is, too.Once again Burroughs luminous writing style sweeps our feet out from under us I could have done without the details of the seasickness so many suffered but it tickled my fancy that Vespasian experienced it I felt like I was on a sailing ship I feels as if I could find my way though Youghal without any problem The vistas of Ireland appeared in my mind.The relationship between Persephone and Vespasian is at the core of the story Their unlikely marriage, one that neither of them wants, binds them and they try to understand what it truly means to be a wife to a despised husband and a husband to a woman one never wanted to marry Committed to each other despite not wanting the marriage, they become true partners Persephone gladly throws off the shackles of the etiquette she was raised to display and Vespasian had no use for etiquette, to begin with Where she wants to go, he follows, where he leads her, she trails along.The bulk of this story takes place in Youghal, Ireland apparently pronounced Yawl and thus Burroughs has to add to the world she is building so we can follow her deeper into the world of the Magi, Fireborn, Earthborn, and the Earthborn.As was true of This Crumbling Pageant Burroughs creates some wonderful new characters, well developed even if some of them are lacking in personal hygiene and are quite trigger happy and less than discreet in their amours We learn of horrible things done by Cromwell and his army, sending Irish Catholics to Barbados as slaves We meet a descendant who remembers all too well what happened to her ancestors and a lavishly colorful woman she is, a fit companion to Lord Sinner, whom we met in This Crumbling Pageant Personally, there were moments when I found the wait for The Dead Shall Live too long and too stressful because I longed to know what happened next But this volume surpassed my hopes and made it worth the wait It is at least three times as good as Pageant Unto the Sky will be even better. I would give this book than 5 stars if I could This book is described as the second in a series Actually its the second part of a full book In this case you need to read the first book That being said, I highly recommend the se book s.Ms Burroughs has created an incredibly in depth fantasy world where the Ordinaries and the Magic live together, but the Magic are unknown to the others The H and h are Magic, in ways than one They are on a quest to save their kind, and reluctantly work together They are both convinced they are too Dark, to deserve love, or any kind of relationship I can t wait to read book 3, to see how their relationship progresses but don t wait till then immerse yourself in this world now I received an ARC of this book, and this is an honest review.
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- 520 pages
- The Dead Shall Live
- Patricia Burroughs
- 23 October 2017 Patricia Burroughs