Book Reviews

Book Review: Risen by Michael Phillip Cash

Risen by Michael Phillip Cash

Publication Date: June, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Series Status: The Battle for Darracia Saga #3

Pages: 383

Format and Source: Paperback, Owned

Rating: 3.4 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Imprisoned on the dead moon of Bina, trapped at the bottom of the cold Hixom Sea, locked in a cell in the flooded Desa and blinded & defeated in the Eastern Provinces, the ruling class of Darracia is defeated without hope.

In the stunning conclusion of the Darracia saga, V’sair, Tulani, Zayden and Reminda must dig deep and find both strength and faith to rise from the depths of the impossible and restore order to their home planet from Lothen, Staf Nuen and the evil armies of Geva.

WARNING: This contains spoilers for the previous books in the trilogy, Schism and Collision. 

Risen starts straight after the last book, Collision, and much has happened. V’sair has been thrown into the sea to drown, Zayden has been blinded, Lothen is in charge of the planet and is stripping it of most of its resources, Staf Nuen is going to become a father again and is dealing with a dangerous addiction, most of the Quyroo have been slaughtered, the Darracians have become slaves, and Reminda has been shipped off to another world to be enslaved. Basically everything has gone to pot.

I’ll start with the things that I didn’t like, so I can end on a high note.

This was similar to the first book in the trilogy, Schism, in the way that it was too fast paced. Sometimes it was necessary due to what was happening, but quite a lot it seemed as if time passed too quickly. This, combined with the multitude of sub-plots which seemed to dominate the entire book, made it hard to follow along.

What I did like was the fact that this seemed much more gritty, with more sensitive subjects that emphasised the dark times the protagonists were in. I also liked how the struggles of the Quyroo were portrayed, as it wasn’t something that brought them together – unlike how most YA portray it as. Instead they were very downtrodden and distrustful, making it more realistic.

Another aspect I liked were the paths the characters took in this book, the most interesting of which was Naje’s, the woman who was carrying the evil uncle, Staf Nuen’s, baby. I like the fact that she was incredibly selfish and not in anyway altruistic. She just wanted power and to survive, which was different from pretty much every other character, as they were all in some way thinking about other people.

Overall the ending was decent, although rushed. It was a bit overly complicated for such a short book, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

Click here to see my review of Schism, the first book in the Battle For Darracia Trilogy.

Click here to see my review of Collision, the second book in the Battle For Darracia Trilogy.

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