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Second Earth


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A whirlwind, extremophile journey that takes our heroes to the beating heart of magic and life.

Second Earth by Cami Murdock Jensen is book two in The Arch Mage series. Following from the adventures in First Earth, Agnes is continuing her magical training, trying to stay strong in the face of daily adversity. She and her family join her friend Temnon on an isolated island to accelerate Agnes' training. Unfortunately, a natural disaster thwarts these plans, and may just threaten the entire world. Joined by two elementals, the pair must head into the blazing depths of the planetary furnace to find and fix the threat before anything worse happens. What they find hidden there is a magic unlike any they've seen before, powerful healing in the right hands or monstrous destruction in the wrong ones.

I love that the main character deals with a chronic pain issue! I suffer from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), and stay in between a 4-10 on the pain scale on a regular basis. And chronic pain certainly lowers immune function, and increases exhaustion. It's very tiring! Agnes is the first character I can recall that deals with chronic pain and that made her extra relatable to me. I liked seeing how Agnes coped with this, and didn't let it totally demolish her motivation. 

I really enjoyed reading this story. It was easy to get lost in! In fact, I got so wrapped up in it that I didn't hear my partner calling me. It amuses him when that happens. The world building was awesome, and I enjoyed the mix of science and magic. I read this before the previous in the series, but there was enough recap through the story, of necessary information from the first book, that I never felt lost. I'm looking forward to reading First Earth when I get the chance. Recommended for any who love YA sci-fi/ fantasy reads. Good jumping point for getting into Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series too, actually. 

***Many thanks to the authors/ publisher for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Reviewed via Reedsy Discovery

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About the author

Cami has always enjoyed a good story, writing youth theater musicals in her teens, directing, and composing. Some stories are too big for the stage, so she has written multiple fantasy stories for young adult and teen readers. view profile

Published on January 23, 2020

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90000 words

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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