17912512Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Since combining traveling parties, Luca and Isolde become more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout all of known Christendom. Their travels are soon delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that may upset the balance of the civilized world. To Luca’s utmost surprise, the crusade is led by a boy even younger than himself and the boy appears to have gained influence over countless children.

As Luca and Isolde find themselves longing to join what appears to be the most holy of crusades led by a boy who truly speaks with God, they are quite rudely interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Death. Now Luca must investigate all manner of things. Did God truly speak to the young crusade leader, was it truly a sign of the end of days, or did the Devil himself influence the boy and those around him for his own evil means? All these questions must be found and reported and Luca has been charged with the responsibility to do just that.

Stormbringers is another neutral book in the Order of Darkness series and I can say my opinion of the series has not changed with this second installment. This is truly a book for the bored fence sitter in life. This story is for those people who are content to just read for the sake of reading rather than to gain anything from the experience. Luca and Isolde have the appearances of a budding romance, but as Luca seems to maybe, probably, sort of, feel like he will eventually become a priest sworn to celibacy, this romance is perhaps, most likely, possibly not meant to be. Or is it? I have no clue.

Lucky for us, Ishraq has been blessed with the possibility of more than one dimension to her character and might just be the saving grace of the series. I can actually say that I look forward to the possibility of going somewhere with her. Again, like its predecessor, there’s not really anything solidly negative to say, yet I truly don’t have anything positive to express either. The book just exists and I may or may not even bother with the next book in line for release.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.