Book Review: Chronicles of the Diasodz (book 2) The One Enlightened

 

Sofia has lost everything that was important to her: her mother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Even the belief that humans are the only beings in the world has been stripped away, but she has no time to dwell on her losses because she’s been transported to a new world to become the savior of the Diasodz. Sofia trusted Ar’ch and Angel to be there for her and to guide and protect her, but only Angel has held true to his word. Ar’ch has abandoned her, leaving her to feel tricked and betrayed.

Ar’ch brought Sofia home, fulfilling his mission to bring their savior safely to their world, but it didn’t come without a cost. Rafe, Sofia’s boyfriend, was killed, and Ar’ch believes Sofia blames him for it. Ar’ch’s sole focus becomes doing what is best for Sofia, and in his mind, that does not include him.

As Sofia deals with Ar’ch’s absence, she throws herself into learning about the Diasodz’s history. She grows stronger both emotionally and physically, and begins to accept her role in their world, but not everyone is convinced that she is the one whom the prophecy states will save them.

Beliefs will be challenged. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will be shattered. And in the aftermath, evil will see its opportunity and strike. Will Sofia be able to handle it all? Or will the savior of the Diasodz lose her will to continue?

Expectations

This is a re-read for me, so the review is actually a blend of my first read through and the second.  I remember enjoying it, though maybe not as much as the first (The One Discovered), so I expected to enjoy it this time as well.  Though it has been a while since I’d read the book, I expected to remember bits and pieces, which I did:  just not as many as I sometimes do.

World Building

Even though this is book two of the series, there was a lot more world building involved in this one than the first.  This was because the action shifted from Earth to an entirely new world.  Ms. Calleiro did a beautiful job laying the foundations, then building the world so the story could play out smoothly.  The few places were things felt like a bit of an info dump were naturally woven into the dialogue through the tried and true trope of a teacher explaining to a student.

The contrast between the setting in this book and the setting in the first provides a wonderful backdrop to the changes that are taking place inside.  And, I had so much fun watching the contest of wills!  There is a wonderful sense of “what next” through out this one that was lacking in the first.  I think now, it is because the heroin is starting to look ahead, rather than to the past or immediate surroundings.  She’s discovering what she is capable of, and is starting to take on an almost childish delight in exploring her capabilities and world.

 

Character Development

With this being the second installment in the series, Ms. Calleiro eases back a touch on the character development.  However, with that said, the teenage years are passing, and there is a definite sense of the teen angst starting to fade.

The heroine still refuses to acknowledge through most of this book that everyone around her may be telling the truth, despite the wonderfully light hand Ms. Calleiro has in showing just how right they are.  There are some new additions to the cast, and a few surprising deletions as well.

The first book took place on Earth, so the contrast between the setting in this book and the setting in the first provides a wonderful backdrop to the changes that are taking place inside.  And, I had so much fun watching the contest of wills!  There is a wonderful sense of “what next” through out this one that was lacking in the first.  I think now, it is because the heroin is starting to look ahead, rather than to the past or immediate surroundings.  She’s discovering what she is capable of, and is starting to take on an almost childish delight in exploring her capabilities and world.

 

Pacing

There is a nice ebb and  flow to the pacing in this installment, just as there was in the first.  This isn’t an “edge of your seat, turn the page NOW” type of read.  Rather it is a slow burning, tension-building addition that keeps to the YA genre.

Overall Rating

A solid 5 of 5 paws from this pukah.  The danger is ramped up for everyone, and more than a few shocks are delivered along the way to provide the page turning tension that carries you through the book.  This one isn’t as character driven as the first installment, but the plot is plenty hefty on its own to bear the burden.

 

 

If you would like to read The One Enlightened for yourself, you can get a copy from Amazon Here.

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