REVIEW: The Outlanders (The Fulfillment Series #2) by Erin Albert Rhew

The Outlanders by Erin Albert Rhew
Series: The Fulfillment Series #2
Published by 21st October 2014 by BookFish Books
Pages: 183
Source: *Received from the Author & Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack.
Action-packed and full of emotion, this thrilling sequel will have you quickly turning the pages to find out more! I absolutely love the covers of this series, they truly capture the essence of the novel and the colours are beautiful.

With Will on the brink of death, Nash and Layla must try to contain composure in order to maintain order in their Kingdom. However, with the ever approaching threat of war, Nash must find out the truth about The Outlanders. Though going into the unknown is precarious enough, going into the unknown with no idea as to the powers The Outlanders have is an even larger threat.

Layla has retained her power and empowerment from the first novel, still possessing a strong protective bond with those around her. I enjoyed seeing the progression of romance within the novel, and though there is still a love triangle, Rhew has done a wonderful job to not make it too overpowering. However, the one problem I did have with this novel was the passing comments between Will and Layla. They appeared as though they were meant to be between the two of them but they felt rather dominating and rather frustrating. Although, it is undeniable that they have an adorable relationship, however I do like Nash more!

Straight away Rhew transports us back to the point where The Prophecy left off, with the plot of this novel certainly being full of action and mystery, maintaining your attention throughout. However the pacing I did find to be rather slow, alongside issues being solved rather quick and simply, they felt unrealistic. It was that ending though, I did not see it coming at all! I was pleasantly surprised,

Overall, The Outlanders is action-packed and addictive, but sadly I just did not feel that spark that I did with the first novel. I am very excited for the sequel.

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