Amulet of Power | Review

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Title: Amulet of Power (Lost Amulet Chronicles #2)
Author: Katie Lynn Johnson
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Author provided
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"Keeping her end of a desperate bargain to save her island home from destruction, Alexa Costa finds herself in the unlikely employ of Queen Jada. Bound by a powerful spell, she swears allegiance to the kingdom of Alvair and remembers nothing of her romance with Caleb. Now she must adjust to life within the castle, where her personal opinion means nothing, her skills are constantly put to the test, and her private thoughts are public knowledge.

Rumors abound and secrecy reigns in Queen Jada’s inner circle, the members of which include the mysterious Prince Dante, the self-obsessed Princess Tiana, and the valiant Captain Whitman of the Alvairan Army. It's only a matter of time until Alexa suspects treachery, but with enemies waiting outside--and inside--the castle walls, will regaining her memory be enough?"
RELATED:  Amulet of Elusion (The Lost Amulet Chronicles #1) | Amulet of Destiny (The Lost Amulet Chronicles #3)

*Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Amulet of Power started off where book one left off. Only, not quite. A little bit of time has passed, but more than that has changed. Our heroes are under a magical spell, and to them, the events of the last book never happened. None of it, they're not a part of rebellion, they're not romantically involved, and they have no prior knowledge of the amulets.

Alexa believes she is exceptionally lucky to have been chosen as Queen Jada's new apprentice. She has it all: fancy clothing, servants, and a coveted position. Meanwhile, Caleb is working hard and ranking up in the queen's army. He doesn't remember the accident they said he was in or why he even joined the army in the first place, but he's finding a place for himself among his fellow soldiers.

But when things start happening and they start asking the right questions, everything changes.

Amulet of Power is even better than book one. With the whole brainwashing/amnesia bit, I wasn't so sure where the story was going to go. Having seen amnesia plots utterly fail, I was more than a little hesitant. I was afraid it would be book one all over again. (Not that book one was bad or anything, but I was afraid we'd repeat things and not get new stuff.) But I had nothing to worry about. The author handled things very well.

I liked both Alexa and Caleb better in this book than in the first one. In book one, they were already a sort-of couple. So we got to know them in that context, as characters who have goals and motivations that were, in part, connected to their desire to pursue their relationship with the other. But in this one, we really got a chance to get to know them. They knew who they were at one point in time, and knew what they were told they'd become in the last few weeks. But they became who they were meant to be as they uncovered the truth.

Everything I liked about Amulet of Ellusion was tossed into this one and then some. While there was one plot I just knew HAD to happen a certain way -more so because I wouldn't accept it happening a different way- it ended up taking the story in a direction that was rather enjoyable and entertaining.

I'm looking forward to finding out how everything wraps up in book three. If your a fan of fantasy novels, you may enjoy this series. Curious about book one, check out my review of, Amulet of Ellusion.


"That name stirred up murderous thoughts that clouded his bloodstream like a swarm of angry bees." (Caleb)

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing Amulet of Power! I really appreciate it! :)

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    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for providing the opportunity.

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