Title: Flux (Ennek Trilogy #2)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: DSP Publications; 2nd edition
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Page Count: 208
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s Chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard. In this sequel to Stasis, the fugitives encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.
Okay, so let me just say OMG I am loving this trilogy so far! This book, in my opinion, is the best one so far in the trilogy. Really, we are talking pirates, tyrants, another evil wizard and mermaids. This time Miner is the one who leads us on our journey, which is for the most part is non-stop action. Come on you know the boy attracts trouble, not for his own want of course. We are given more back story on Miner’s life as a child through adulthood, via flashbacks. Of course this all happening while they are escaping various enemies.
So, in this book as stated above they battle pirates, which happens practically right at the beginning. Honestly, this left me waiting for Ennek to make his magical appearance so to speak. I really thought it was going to go down a certain way, but the author took it in another direction which was nice. Even though Ennek was healed by the water and saves Miner, he finds himself drained from using so much of his power.
Of course that circumstance then sets them up for their next antagonist, Akilian, the wizard of the element wind. Really are all wizards bad except for Ennek? Or does it have to do more with Miner? There seems to be a lot of innuendo in this book as well, particularly when it comes to the branding that Miner receives in Donghe. Oh, there is a bit of a nice surprise in the end (sorry won’t spoil it for others) that I think all will be happy with.
I swear, I have a feeling by the end the series Ennek will be like Leeloo in the fifth element bringing down Thelius.
I could be wrong however. Now that Ennek now possesses the power of wind, earth and water; can Thelius now draw on that somehow and possibly free himself? I wonder how the fire wizard will be introduced; if at all. Finally, I really don’t think that Ennek will go to the “dark side” specially when Miner acts as his ‘rudder’; always steering him the right direction. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but I really cannot wait to read Equipoise, Book 3 in the Ennek Trilogy. Bring it on!
Just a few FYI’s, again, this book leaves with a “sort of” cliffhanger, meaning the story gives promise for things to come, but doesn’t leave you hanging on at the end yelling at your Kindle. In addition, if you are looking for it to have a lot of sexy anything, well look elsewhere. The author mostly hints to it and; it is more of the reader connecting the dots. IMO, the book has so much going on, that the author doesn’t need that to support the story or the chemistry between the two characters.