Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Portia by Christina Bauer

Title: Portia
Series: Angelbound Offspring (#2)
Author: Christina Bauer
From: Amazon 
Genre: Fantasy 
Release Date: 3rd November 2015
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You BuySummer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points) 
Links: Goodreads Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads)Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires. 

Portia can be read as a standalone, but reading the previous Angelbound books (Angelbound Origins & Angelbound Offspring) definitely adds to the experience, not only in knowing how the world and magic work but also in knowing some of the characters. My review may contain spoilers for the previous Angelbound books. 

I loved Portia! Not that that is in anyway a surprise as I've loved every Angelbound book that I've read. I think I may even prefer Portia to her older brother Maxon. Her voice was reminiscent of her Myla's (her mother who narrated the Angelbound Origins books) but had its own spin to it. While Portia herself may not have been confident in her abilities, she had a strength in her that shone through, and her confidence grew as the book progressed. 

I liked Tempest as well. He's been a character in previous books but more of a sideline one. There was a bit more of him in Maxon's book (which led to some interesting moments between the two men in Portia) but I found him very likable. He was sweet and supportive, letting Portia make decisions that were only hers to make even when other people weren't allowing her to. 

There was plenty of action and magic in Portia, and the two blended well. The magic built upon the previous lore from the series and became its own, which was added into learning more about the Furour (dragons). 

This was a great read, and I know there's more coming from the Angelbound universe and I definitely can't wait!