Format: Paperback | 388 pages
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council's reach. As long as they believe she's dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable.
When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn't need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she'll fight to the death. He's threatened the people she loves.
It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council's oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.
UPRISING is the second installment in author Jessica Therrien's Children of the Gods trilogy. Picking up right where Oppression left off, Elyse has more than her hands full in this world where descendants of Gods have supernatural abilities and live secret lives among humans. Elyse, like the rest of the descendants, ages very slowly. So, even though it appears she's a 18-year old teenager, she's actually ninety years old. Elyse is also the last healer of her line. She is also unique in that half her body can heal, while the other half can kill.
With Elyse and William in hiding, and letting people think that they are dead while also training to fight against their enemies, Christoph escalates things ten fold. First, by kicking off the war that Elyse is supposed to defend against. Second, by taking away Elyse's only two human friends in Anna and Chloe in order to lure her out into the open. Elyse is then visited by Florence the Oracle who warns her that the road ahead is difficult and not everyone will survive. She also suggests that Elyse be at a certain place on a certain date in order to rescue her friends. What happens next could have been predicted by the way the author lays out the events that happen.
Christoph is diabolical and keen on destroying everything that Elyse holds dear and touches if he doesn't get the next generation Oracle which she is supposed to be carrying. He never believed the lie that Elyse was dead. He forces Elyse's hands more than once. He needs what Elyse is carrying, and will burn the world down in order to get it. Once Pandora's box is opened, however, it is hard for anyone to close it without chaos, destruction, death, and darkness quickly following. Elyse and William walk into a trap that leads to even more pain and suffering and even more shocking situations that will test Elyse's leadership, her mettle, and her very being.
The idea behind Oppression is the Children of the Gods are tired of hiding from humans. They, Christoph especially, believe it is past time for them to stand up and take their rightful place as overlords. While Elyse may have made some pretty stupid decisions and mistakes, her heart at least is in the right place. She's literally got a heavy burden to carry, and that burden just may be the key to saving the world. I had a few faults about Elyse keeping secrets from her friends. Hopefully with new allies, and what happened to William at the back of her mind, Elyse will step up and be the heroine the world needs.
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