Book Review – Breath of Life by Jocelynn Drake

The Godstone Saga #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 356
Characters: Caelan/Drayce, Eno/Rayne
POV: 3rd
Genre: Fantasy, Series

Caelan wants his throne back.

The bargain has been struck, and it’s time to return home.

But the situation is worse in Erya than he previously suspected. Betrayal runs deep in the streets of Stormbreak, and finding people he can trust will be treacherous.

He has no choice, though. He’s fighting for his birthright, and maybe even a little revenge if he can get it.

Will the gods come between him and the crown?

Or worse, him and Drayce?

Breath of Life is the second book in the six-book Godstone Saga fantasy series and is not a standalone. The story contains explosions, gods with secret plans, hidden romance, a prince set on revenge, magic, and lots of delicious angst.

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I’m enjoying this series. This second book progresses the plot, introduces a few new characters, and has revelations about others. As well as being invested in the characters, I love the worldbuilding with its mix of fantasy and contemporary, magic, and technology.

I love the characters, and that there are two different couples, one younger, and the other a little older. Caelan is coming into his own as king, and also learning how to control his new powers. I like that there are consequences for using them, and I wonder how much more difficult it’s going to get as he bonds with more Godstones. I like that he is struggling, and making mistakes. I love Drayce, am trying to figure out who he really is, and I like how his and Caelan’s friendship is growing to become more. Rayne and Eno are sweet together, and I liked how protective Eno is, and wanting to take care of Rayne. I loved Rayne’s new role in this story, and am intrigued to see how that will play out. I also liked the revelation about Eno, and I hope that plays into the story more too.

I like Shay, and although he needs to realise Rayne is spoken for, I hope he finds someone. He deserves a HEA of his own.

I liked how this book showed the impact of war and in particular those living in occupied territory. I loved the resistance and the twist with one of its fighters. It was realistic, as was others in power trying to use the situation to their advantage. It makes sense that not everyone is going to be in favour of the monarchy. The action scenes are tense, and I like that characters don’t come out them unscathed.

I love how the Godstone part of the plot is unfolding, with a few twists, and am already hanging out for the next book in the series. This one’s going on my paperback list.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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