Release date: September 22nd 2015
The second book in The Balance Keepers series finds Albert and his friends returning to the core once again, this time to train and compete for the chance to enter the Ponderay realm. They’re competing against Hoyt’s team and their time away from the core hasn’t made him any friendlier. The imbalance in Ponderay is getting worse every day and there are signs that there’s a traitor among them, someone who has been causing the imbalances and putting the world at risk. Can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie put Ponderay back in balance before California is lost?
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Fires of Calderon, so I was excited to see where this book would be taking the characters and what the realm of Ponderay would be like and what else would be learned about the core. The first book set up the world and characters so nicely and I was hoping for even more world-building and growth in the sequel. And I got it.
One of my favourite things about this series was the friendship between the three main characters. They were there for each other, supporting each other, they worked as a team. They might disagree or bicker with each other but ultimately, they have each other’s backs. All three showed more signs of growth in this book and I loved getting to see them coming into their own as Balance Keepers.
Another thing I liked was that the training for Ponderay wasn’t easy for them just because they’d been to Calderon. They still had to work hard and find each other’s strengths in order to conquer the training grounds to be selected as the team going into Ponderay. Once in Ponderay, the descriptions of the realm were great. It was easy to picture what it would look like and it seemed terrifying but beautiful at the same time.
The action never stopped so that made this a fast read. Whether it was the three friends training, learning more about the core or Ponderay, being in Ponderay, or just having fun with the other kids in the core, there was always something happening. It also set up the third(and last?) book for a great showdown between Albert and his friend, and the traitor and his master.
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.