Review and Sweepstakes: Gold (Book #2: Bandia Series) by Talia Vance

Title: Gold Series: Book #2: Bandia Series Author: Talia Vance Format: Paperback, 408 pages Published: September 8, 2013 by Flux  (first published September 1, 2013)   ISBN: 0738734713 (ISBN13: 9780738734712)
Title: Gold
Series: Book #2: Bandia Series
Author: Talia Vance
Format: Paperback, 408 pages
Published: September 8, 2013 by Flux (first published September 1, 2013)
ISBN: 0738734713 (ISBN13: 9780738734712)

goodreads-badge-add-38px[1][1]Synopsis:

Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

Source: Netgalley/Publisher

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Ireland is a wonderfully beautiful country (I know, I have been there) except when you are on the run and hoping to simply survive.  Brianna has fled her home and is en route to Lorcan Hall, the home of her enemy and the god she returned to Hell, Austin Montgomery.  Yeah, you read that correctly.  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer . . .

Completely unhappy with her situation, Brianna does her best to settle in to life in Ireland and keep abreast of the changes occurring in her world.  The Sons of Killian want her dead, her ex, Blake is a complete asshat, and despite not wanting to like him, Brianna finds herself drawn to Austin.  Let’s keep the awful rolling, shall we?  There is new god in town, Pwil – once Austin’s right-hand man in Hell – who is bound and determined to start a war that will result in “his kind” being returned to their “rightful place”.  Pwil’s very presence has sent out a sort of supernatural signal that is drawing the world’s supernaturals to Ireland and right to Brianna and Austin’s doorstep.  Though both want to avoid a war, they know it may be damn near impossible to prevent.

In her search for a solution to the supernatural smack down, Brianna inadvertently trips a trigger that opens a portal to the past.  Interestingly, the portal takes her to Austin and the time before he becomes a soulless god and guardian of Hell.  Brianna begins to see Austin – both past and present – in a completely different light.  Brianna also begins to wonder if she can shut down the current situation by altering the past.  Never, in a million years can Brianna envision what she discovers in her quest to save the world.  Her discoveries in both the past and the present are one of the strongest and most interesting aspects of this book!!  And no, I am not going to spoil it for you in this review 🙂

The Bottom Line: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!  Vance has apparently never heard of the sophomore slump and came out swinging with Gold!!  There is so much going on in this book with the past, the present, the mythology and backstories, the addition of some new and seriously fun characters, the romantic element, the huge supernatural smack down and, the totally out of left-field ending.  With all of this, Vance could have easily lost her way and completely confused and frustrated the reader.  None of this happened and Gold has proven to be a fantastic follow-up to Silver.  Vance takes her time, builds her plot, evolves her characters and, keeps the reader desperate for more.  I highly recommend this read but caution the reader to begin with book one!!

Links to find/buy Gold (Book #2: Bandia Series):

Amazon       Barnes & Noble

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