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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Nightrage Rising is the second book in The Unseen Chronicles by P.S. Broaddus and it follows the story of blind Essie Brightsday. She’s had a lot to deal with in the past, including vicious dragons and basilisks. Now, a terrible threat hangs over the city of Plen where her family lives and civil war looms ahead. Essie teams up with her cat, Tigrabum, and her friends, Illiana and Sam, to stop a sinister plot orchestrated by a devilish cult to set the city against itself. But can they stop the rise of the evil Nightrage?
The story begins with action, and it is not just a way of luring readers into the book; the action grows every second as the story progresses. The first lines of the story already create an atmosphere of tension: “Running for my life was not a part of the plan. To be fair, there hadn’t really been a plan. Which is why I’m hurtling down unfamiliar streets with three Ratliff thugs on my tail." The narrative voice is gripping, absorbing, and it carries a powerful force in the first person.The dialogues feel real and I enjoyed how the author allows the accents and the unique personalities of the characters to shine through the dialogues.
The prose is lofty, polished, and rings with peculiar music. P.S. Broaddus has a gift for setting and creates visuals that allow readers to match the action to the places in which it takes place. Nightrage Rising is deftly plotted and beautifully written, with characters that readers will love and a unique sense of humor that propels readers on. Masterful handling of conflict and storytelling skills make every page of the narrative engaging.