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5 stars for Enemies Eternal: Book II of The Road to Ragnarök by @RochelleCA04 #romanticfantasy
Title: Enemies Eternal: Book II of The Road to Ragnarök
Author: Rochelle Wilcox
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Awaking alone in a strange hotel room, her memories of the last six weeks only vague images of places and people she has never seen and does not know, Lia longs for her old life. But that life is gone. As she learns who to fear and who to trust, Lia is forced to again flee Los Angeles and seek refuge with Freyr, Freyja and Will on the other side of the earth. There, the gods who have drawn Lia into the world of myth fight the undead and even part the sea in their resolve to protect Lia from family members who choose violence to keep the secret of their family’s existence. As Freyr and Freyja begin to see signs that Ragnarök approaches, Lia learns that she may be the key to the gods’ success — or failure — in that final battle, even as she struggles with the knowledge that Freyr’s love for her, like her life, can be only a moment in time for a man who has lived since time began.
Lost memories, lost love, lost everything…can Lia reclaim what was once lost? Lia wakes up alone in a hotel room and she feels like she’s slept for days. She checks out of the hotel realizing it’s two months later than she thinks. Where did she go? What happened? Why does she have no clear memory of those six weeks? Fear grips her as she tries to go back to work at the hospital. Nothing feels right and she has a strange yearning to go to Africa. What can it mean? Before she can figure it out, she’s on the run, fleeing her home with two strangers. Only they’re not strangers. As they journey to outrun those who are chasing Lia, she must decide who to trust. Bit by bit, her memories return as does the man she loves. Reunited, Lia basks in his love, even if it is only fleeting. As their enemies lay a trap, betrayal hits Lia and she must wage war between her feelings of guilt and a willingness to survive. Will her enemies capture her and end her life?
Enemies Eternal is a breathtaking romantic fantasy from start to finish. This is book two in the series, yet it is far superior to book one. While book one was in Freyr’s POV, Enemies Eternal is exclusively in Lia’s POV. It’s a deep POV so the reader plunges into the story and becomes Lia. The descriptive narration is immersive, emotional, and very detailed. Every emotion, every feeling, every experience Lia goes through strikes a chord with the reader. I connected with Lia right away. I kept rooting for her to overcome each obstacle and put her trust in certain people. The plot moves at an excellent pace with plenty of action scenes. The romance was tender with a fair share of angst. The world-building, though, is what makes this an incredible read. The writing is sublime and captured my imagination. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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The prequel, Fickle Fate, is available to anyone who signs up for my newsletter at https://rochellewilcox.com. Fifty years before Freyr met Lia, launching The Road to Ragnarök, the Norse Goddess of love Freyja met Will. Before him, she had fallen in love only once in the millennia she has walked the earth. But if she tells her family’s secret to Will, the man who somehow captured her heart, her family will never forgive her. It will start a war she may not win.
Rochelle Wilcox was born and raised in Las Vegas, where she learned at an early age the value of fantasy and escape. Raised by a single mom — one of the first women trained to deal poker in the early 70's — Rochelle spent more time in casinos than most adults. She and her husband decided to leave the desert behind and raise their sons in Northern California, where they spend as much time on the water as they can.
Despite her lifelong passion for story-telling, Rochelle's path took her to law school and then to a practice focused on media law and appeals. But her love of writing wasn't sated with briefs bound by legal principles and a fealty to facts. And so she set to paper the story that had been playing in her mind for years, based on the Norse mythology she loved as a child and built around her favorite character — the Norse God of Love, Freyr.
Rochelle has been working for 13 years on her four-part series, The Road to Ragnarök. Book I (Lost Long) relaunched on August 26, 2022, to be followed by the launch of Book II (Enemies Eternal) on September 20, Book III (Alive Again) on October 18, and Book IV (Heavy Heart) on November 15. As this epic tale unfolds, Freyr will learn that Lia’s love and her unexpected powers will be the key to the fate of the Norse gods in the battles they’ll face in Ragnarök, and that his very survival will depend on her.
Rochelle plans to retire from practicing law at the end of the year and focus full-time on writing. The next series, tentatively titled Tales of the Vanir, will pick up where The Road to Ragnarök leaves off.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N