Wilde’s Army (Darkness Falls #2) by Krystal Wade
Publisher: Curiousity Quills Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
(This review contains major spoilers for both books. Read my review of Book #1 Wilde’s Fire)
Overall: It’s kind of hard to suck the danger factor out of a book where there are evil people in every scene, but the author does it brilliantly. Apparently, Kate has a reset button on her life because she dies not once but twice in this novel…only to be saved by her magic powers that she can access with the help of her sister – but, of course, she doesn’t give her sister any credit. The dialogues from Wilde’s Army would fit better on Dora the Explorer. The characters over explain the situation and the feelings. Here’s an example of how ridiculous the dialogue. This is from Arland’s father immediately after Kate and Arland bind and they have trapped the Head Leader with their magic:
“What is the meaning of all this? Why is the Leader of Encardia encased in magic, and why are you an my son glowing with a Binding Spell?”
Well, sir. I don’t think it is because they ate radioactive food. I really hate that I’m giving so many spoilers for this book, but it is definitely not worth reading. Everything I said I liked in the first book is missing here. I won’t be reading the third installment of this series.
Characters: I honestly felt like I was eavesdropping on the Mean Girls while reading this book. Although Kate might think she is self-righteous and helping out her friends, she is nothing short of selfish, dumb, and whiny in this book. It’s outrageous how she continuously calls her mother out for belittling her sister and then does the same exact thing to Perth, sometimes in the same scene. I felt so bad for Brit and Perth, since they were truly outcasts in this book. Kate got upset at her sister for having a crush on Brad – no, not upset. Kate didn’t know how to TRUST and FORGIVE her sister for having a secret crush on Brad. If you’re not familiar with Brad’s backstory from the first book, he’s the guy who was madly in love with Kate and then ended up possessed by a demon god.
Kate’s mother was nothing short of a bad mother. I was seriously hoping that she’s end up being a traitor because she treats everyone like crap throughout the novel. The worse is how she treats her own daughter, Brit. Kate’s mother is constantly saying how Brit is the un-special daughter, the one who isn’t useful, the one we can spare, the one that isn’t worth crap. Kate knows her mother is wrong by saying these things but NOT ONCE does she ever speak up in her sister’s defense.
My favorite character of the first novel is barely even mentioned in this one. Flanna mopes the entire novel about her beloved that died. Gone is the nosy, chipper gal that I adored. Instead, Brit takes over as Kate’s best friend and she’s not nearly as interesting. In fact, poor Brit seems to have been ignored in every department. She has almost zero personality and doesn’t even registers how badly the people around her treat her.
Plot: Kate much gather an army by pretending to be in love with Perth instead of Arland. That’s the entire plot. You want to know how the author managed to stretch that to 348 pages? By over-explaining “feelings” and what happened in the first book. About 50% into the first novel, Kate finally realises that Brad LOVED her and everyone knew it but her. Okay. I could tell by chapter 1 of book 1 and it took Kate one and a half books to figure it out? Geez. Worse, Arland is the one to have to explain this to her. He has to break it down like she’s some mentally challenged – and still she’s too focused on herself to grasp the whole situation.
There is a love triangle in this book like the first, but it’s ridiculous. Perth likes Kate, while Kate verbally says how much he disgusts her. And he’s actually a nice guy! She’s the one who is a super b—!
Ending: Kate uses superhuman powers to kick everyone’s butt. No, I’m serious. That’s actually what happens.
Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of.
However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem.
Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested.
How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?
A big letdown in a YA fantasy series I kind of liked.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
(Picture and information borrowed from Goodreads.)
Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers–who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas–sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.