Paul Stuempel and Cormac Lambe's Augee II: The Reawakening is the second novel in the Augee series.
Information about the authors:
Paul Stuempel is a native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. His debut novel, Augee: Guardian of Hohala, is the first in the Augee series, an original saga imagined over four decades. Paul is based in Dayton, Kentucky where he lives with his wife, Rose Anne.
Cormac Lambe (PhD) is a writer, editor and educator from Dundalk, Ireland, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are in Irish literary history. He lives with his wife, Amanda, and a cat named Elizabeth.
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Information about Augee II: The Reawakening:
In the aftermath of the Volcaron invasion of their country, the defeated people of Hohala remain helpless and lost in the wilderness. Persecuted and broken, the Hohalian survivors begin to abandon all expectation for their deliverance - that is, until far away events prompt the return of a stranger and a flicker of hope for Hohala’s liberation.
REVIEW: AUGEE II: THE REAWAKENING BY PAUL STUEMPEL AND CORMAC LAMBE
Paul Stuempel and Cormac Lambe's Augee II: The Reawakening is a well written and rewarding sequel to Augee: Guardian of Hohala. It will please readers who are looking for something immersive to read, because the story will swift readers on a magical and thought-provoking adventure to Hohala.
Just like in the previous novel, the authors fluently combine traditional and a few unconventional elements to create a good and immersive story. This novel has epic fantasy at its heart, but it differs from normal kind of epic fantasy by being an exploration of various themes and issues ranging from bullying and losing a parent to loneliness and exile.
What's great about Augee II: The Reawakening is that part of the story takes place in our world and tells of the protagonist's coming of age before the focus shifts to Hohala and the fate of the exiled Hohalians. This separates it from the first novel and adds fascination to the story. I think that many YA readers will enjoy this novel, because the authors write excellently about Nickie's life and his problems.
The characterisation works well in this novel. The authors paint a believable and realistic picture about Nickie, his life and his love for animals. He's a kind boy who is different others. He loves animals and wishes them no harm (he has a natural way of being with animals and can communicate with them).
What Nickie finds out about his existence and soul is fascinating and will thrill readers. The realisation that he is the reincarnation of Nicholas Stone is astounding and shocking yet strangely natural to him. His return to Hohala is one of the highlights of this novel, because it's a memorable scene.
Augee is a wonderful creation by the authors. He is a beautiful, magnificent and powerful dragon who helps Nickie and the Hohalians. I have a feeling that readers who are fascinated by all things dragon will be pleased to read about Augee and his friendship with Nickie.
The authors write well about such themes and issues as grief, bullying, loneliness, identity and being different, and also touch on the difficulties related to single parenthood. They fluently describe how difficult life can be when you're different from others and don't behave like everybody else. They don't underline anything, but let their readers see what life can be like when you look at it from a slightly different point of view and have respect for nature.
It's great that the authors explore how everybody should be who and what they are without anybody telling them otherwise, because everybody has the right to be who they want to be. In my opinion, this novel is a natural place to explore this issue, because it fits well with the story arc.
There are a couple of heartbreaking scenes in the story that impressed me. The authors' natural approach to these happenings added depth to the story.
Augee II: The Reawakening is a fantasy novel, which will keep readers spellbound by its story. The combination of old-fashioned charm and modern storytelling makes for a fantastic and satisfying reading experience.