“As She Ascends”
Fallen Isles #2
by Jodi Meadows
Nikki’s Rating: 6 out of 10
Summary: Escaped from the Pit, Mira and her friends are on the run as they are pursued by Khulani warriors led by Altan, their imprisoner and torturer. As they travel across the Fallen Isles searching for a safe sanctuary for the dragons, they come to realize that the conspiracy to capture and ship off the dragons may have not been limited to just Damina. Governments on each Isle may be complacent and their gods are angry. As quakes and storms ravage the Fallen Isles, Mira realizes that the Great Abandonment has begun and it may be too late to save her beloved dragons.
6 Affective Things about Jodi Meadows’s “As She Ascends”
(May Contain Spoilers)
With the exception of one Isle, being of the LGBTQ community is widely accepted in the Fallen Isles world and Meadows includes a lesbian couple as part of Mira’s core group of friends.
2. The Fallen Isles
The Fallen Isles world is enriched due to the vastly different cultures, traditions, and values seen on each isle. Most importantly though is that Meadows includes examples of misunderstandings and missed opportunities that may arise due to making assumptions, stereotypes, and judgments about others based on their culture.
“We’d both spent those moments making incorrect assumptions about propriety and culture and intention when we should have just talked.”Meadows 456
3. Aaru & Mira
Ever the romantic, my heart was so happy when Aaru and Mira finally kissed and professed their love. It was nearly torture for almost two whole books of them looking at each other longingly and then deciding that the other didn’t actually like them.
Surprising twist to find out that perhaps the Empire may not be the big bad but it is actually the Fallen Isle Anahera who are collecting the dragons and noorestones. Believing that cleansing fire is the way to redemption, Anahera would want nothing more than the Great Abandonment to come about in order to “save” the world. Looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds and to learn more about Anahera but I must admit some hesitance in believing a spy from the Empire.
As a dragon lover and overall animal lover, it was hard reading about how distressed and sick the dragons were. But thankfully I can rejoice and can continue reading the Fallen Isles Trilogy knowing that for now the dragons are free and well. Mira’s affinity for dragons is amazing and I’m absolutely jealous!
6. When She Reigns
Thankfully Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles Trilogy concludes in the next book “When She Reigns.”