Book Two in the Zygradon Chronicles
by Michelle L. Levigne
Michelle L. Levigne's fantasy of the a world tainted by starmetal (substances which fall toward the planet in
meteor-like showers), and the struggles between three races continues in Braenlicach, the second book in
the series. Tensions still are present between the Rey'kil, who have mental and magical powers and the ability
to work the alien starmetal, their allies the Noveni, and the warring Encindi who birthed the Nameless One who
sought to destroy all Rey'kil. This evil was thought destroyed in the first book, Zygradon (also
reviewed on Myshelf.com), when the two young
heroes Mrllis and Ceera, along with twelve other adepts, developed their abilities to such a degree they forged
the mysterious healing bowl made of starmetal called the Zygradon. In Braenlicach, Mrllis and Ceera are
grown and married, trying to raise a family of their own. Into this serenity comes more evil rooted in the
Nameless One through a series of dastardly plots over a long period of time. To combat this, Mrllis and Ceera and
the original forgers of the Zygradon gather another group, including three orphan offspring of the Nameless One
who had seemed to prove their loyalty to the Rey'kil and their alliance, to forge a new weapon, the Braenlicach,
a sword of great power.
Braenlicach is an ambitious book because it covers several decades, enough time that Mrllis and Ceera
become grandparents. †Because of the amount of plotting by the bad guys and events in those years, sometimes the
book reads less like a novel than a chronicle of the history of the Rey'kil. The action scenes, nonetheless, are
well-paced, and the endearing romance between Mrllis and his lady Ceera, the ruling Queen of Snows, fleshes out the
two main characters and gives them a depth readers can really enjoy. These elements keep readers turning through
the complex plot of this book. Unfortunately, there is little time to develop many of the other characters
because of the length of time and the events covered in this book.
Though I found Braenlicach to be a bit rushed and not quite as satisfying as Zygradon, it is a
necessary part of the unfolding chronicle of the Rey'kil. Levigne also sets up the next book in the series so fans
will certainly want to grab that one when it is published to find out how the rest of the story unfolds.
April 18, 2008|
9781601740519 / 1601740514|
Excerpt / other eBook formats available at the Publisher's
NOTE: Ebook formats for Braenlicach available from Uncial Press include HTML, PDF larger format, PDB for Palm, PRC for Mobipocket, LIT for MS Readers, and RB for Rocket/REB 1100. Amazon offers a Kindle edition.|
NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.