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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Orbs of Azure is the second book in the Necroseam Chronicles by Ellie Raine. I read the first book in the series and I got hooked. This is that epic fantasy genre that draws you in with magic, mysteries, and epic resolutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. I have read Tolkien and most of the other great writers in this genre, and nobody, I repeat, nobody, does it better than Ellie Raine. Her magic is new and mysterious. Nothing is simple or straightforward. We have a protagonist with awesome powers, but he has to share them with his twin. We have sorcerers, wizards, and familiar mythical creatures, both good and bad. But Ellie Raine puts her own spin on everything. No one is quite as powerful as it looks like they should be, and seemingly innocuous powers are sometimes the most effective in the clutch.
I think what I like most about Orbs of Azure is the writing. Ellie Raine writes beautifully and every aspect of Orbs of Azure benefits from it. The characters are described so well that you feel like they are old friends or your own personal enemies. The magic is well thought out and balanced. Neither side can gain the advantage unless they really know, and can use, and are gifted enough to use magic to their best advantage. But of course, characters drive a book and determine your feelings about it. You won’t find more sympathetic characters than Willow, Xavier, and Alexander. They are a potent force in this land of death. Rich in detail, with heroes larger than life, sometimes even larger than death itself, Orbs of Azure is a fantasy to remember.