TITLE: Ylmi’s Saga
BY: Evan Oliver
SERIES: Legends of Karik #2
GENRE: High Fantasy
PUBLICATION: September 1st 2021
NOTES: I received an e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My review is unbiased and honest.
Ylmi Bodvarsdottir grew up in the mountains, forced to live with her parents beyond the protection of their village. But when the harsh crags and windy slopes did not kill her, she grew stronger. Together with her friend Thora and her mentor Dranri, she learned much before she met Karik, and began to walk the path of legends. The slaying of a dragon was only the first step, and many other adventures befell her as she grew into her own, and became known as Ylmi One-eye.
I really liked the first book in this series, Karik’s First Battle, and so when the author asked me to review the second installment in the series, I said yes without any second thoughts. Turns out, Ylmi’s saga is even better than its predecessor.
The story started in the same way the first book did, with a Bard telling a story, though if I’m remembering it correctly, in the first book, the Bard was just referred to as an old man. But anyway, a small issue. From there, the narrative went on introducing Ylmi before she met Karik. I really liked knowing Ylmi better, especially in her own point of view. I liked her in the first book with Karik but I love her even more in her own book. She’s such a badass without trying so hard. She doesn’t let anyone be the boss of her. In the battle, she’s basically a force to reckon with, She also has a wolf companion and I find that as an amazing addition to her character.
The story is told in three parts. The first is the introduction of Ylmi and her life before Karik. The second part is when she met Karik and the others and it’s wars from there to the end. I enjoyed the battles in the first book but reading it again in Ylmi’s POV is amazing. I got to see a different sides and it’s a great picture. Although, at some point, I felt like some parts are just repetition of book 1 so it’s not as intense as the first time. But the wars, the battles scenes are really well done. They were well-crafted and the descriptions are perfect.
I love the dynamic of the characters. I already said it in my review of book 1 but I’m going to say it again, I’m looking forward to read the next installments in the series in their perspective. I hope it would be as amazing as Ylmi’s perspective as well. Also, it’s apparent that something big is building up in the world of Karik and I can’t wait to see it unfold as the series goes on.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
If you’re looking for an epic adventure with epic battle scenes and badass characters, Ylmi’s saga is the perfect book for you.
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