folk fantasy · review · YA

Gold (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance

13583324Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 8th 2013 by Flux
Source: Library

Synopsis:
Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

Review:

Gold is the sequel to Silver (2012) which introduced Brianna who finds out that she is not just a Bandia but that she has a whole clan of bloodthirsty men gunning for her…well, blood. In Gold, Brianna has felt to Ireland following the deterioration of her relationship with Blake Williams, the dude with whom she spent the entire book in true luff with. In Ireland she goes through a wormhole and meets Austin Montgomery, who if I am not wrong, is the reincarnation of Loki, and who, in the past, is less of an ass then he presumably is in the present. Then things happen and Austin ends up escaping the Underworld whence he was banished and arrives at his estate in Ireland where, surprise surprise, Brianna now lives.

Vance has this really engaging writing style that tugs you into the story which, I will wholeheartedly admit, is an entertaining one. I like how sexually bold she is and I like the decisions she makes pertaining to her love life. Austin does redeem himself and I appreciated that but I did dislike the end because damn it, things happen there that I am not a fan of. I was impressed by the degree that Blake falls from the pedestal he was perched on in Book the One (aka Silver). However, rather than making him appear foolish, this fall makes him human and I would like to see how (and if) his and Brianna’s relationship progresses to friendship if nothing else.

Brianna is a fun character to empathize with because you have to give it to the girl, she is not the wallowing kind. Her wittiness and snark make even the idea of the world ending a lighthearted caper (only with sharp swords and pointy spears). If I were to get serious here, I would say that the book sucks hard at portraying women (apart from the protagonist) in a positive manner. Oh wait no, there is one female character apart from Brianna who is not evil but she has maybe five paragraphs of page time so I’m not sure we can count her.

I do hope the author considers introducing stronger, more positive characters into the mix. Girls are fun. We do great friendships and we can even fight given the right weapons. Or even the wrong ones. Anyway, I’m going to be tuning in to the third and possibly final installment of the series because I have a feeling that things will be awesomesauce. If you haven’t read it, give it a try. It’s not the most brilliant series but it is entertaining. Just be aware of the girl stuff that I mentioned.

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