My official review is this: despite her recent discovery of Fantasy, Rachel is, in my opinion, one of the most talented Fantasy writers working right now. KNIGHTS OF RILCH is powerful in that it shows us how dark things can get before they start to look up, and even then how many sacrifices must be made for the good of others. Tev/Kierstaz is such a powerful character, and seeing the world through her eyes is such an incredible experience. I loved COLDNESS OF MAREK, I love KNIGHTS OF RILCH, and I can't wait for the next book.

Unofficially, I was privileged to watch this book grow from its first rough state to the polished shine it has now. With all the Fantasy available these days, it's hard to find something with as much depth, danger, and sacrifice as the Serengard series. These characters are woven so brilliantly, and the world is rich with detail. When I say I can't wait for the next book, I mean it. Rachel needs to write faster.

When Serengard rebelled and the Orion monarchy fell, former crown princess Kierstaz Orion’s love for her people became a burning desire to set things right. With a price on their heads, Kierstaz and her brother Mikel led a handful of men against the new army, fighting skirmishes all along the border of Dreibourge. But months of heavy bloodshed forced her small band of knights to abandon the border—and all of Serengard—to the rebels.

Nine years and a thousand betrayals later, Kierstaz and Mikel again find themselves on the run—only this time, they’ve a boy in tow: Malcom, the son of two of the Seren rebellion’s strongest leaders. The new regime wants him dead, Mikel wants him alive, and it’s all Kierstaz can do to keep their tracks covered. Desperate to preserve the innocent life she swore to protect and the brother who has always stood by her, Kierstaz must gamble the last thing in the world she owns: her identity. Secrets are a staple of the Orion family, and those Kierstaz keeps are as dangerous as the ones kept from her.

KNIGHTS OF RILCH is the sequel to COLDNESS OF MAREK, and the second book in the SERENGARD Series.

Rachel O’Laughlin grew up writing adventure stories in which heroines tend to get their hands dirty, bad guys sometimes win, and someone always gets kidnapped. Her passion for history morphed into a love for fantasy in her mid-teens, when she took a brief pause from reality for immersion in the arts and a hands-on education in sustainable living. She lives in New England with her husband and two boys, listens to The Fray, and drinks too many lattes. Two novels in her SERENGARD fantasy series have been released, and a third is scheduled for October 2014.



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