16 February, 2013

#BookReview :: The Drifting (The Velesi Trilogy #2) by L. Filloon

“Welcome to Velesi, Princess.”

It is Lily’s first day in the Velesi realm but not as the princess she was made to believe, but as a captive to a strange Lithi elf name Ziri – Tharin and Tolan’s mysterious brother. Who is he and why has he taken her? Or is he only a pawn in someone’s deadly game of chess?

Tharin and Lily discover a prophecy involving the Unnamed Sidhe and a way back to Eirrell, the birthplace of the Thirteen Clans. However, before they can get to the doorway to Eirrell, Lily must first make it to the Day of the Seating to take her rightful place on the throne of the Willow Clan.

Tharin must keep Lily safe until the Day of the Seating even if it means keeping the beautiful Sidhe warrior Kalis close to him. Will he be able to protect his naïve, but stubborn bride-to-be not just from Harlu but from his warrior mistress? He once again turns to his brother and cousin, to only find that Tolan has his own problems with his feisty Julia.

Thank goodness for the future king of Velesi that he has Phoris, Alorn and Mellis to cover his royal back.

Welcome to Velesi, a realm existing alongside our own with their own rules, their own players and their own way of life.

Finally! Yes, that’s all I could think of when I received my review copy of this book. I had read and loved the first book in the series, The Binding, and have been waiting to get back with Cessa again.

The Drifting takes off right where The Binding was left off. Lily’s enters the world of Velesi not as a princess with Tharin, but with Ziri as her captor. Slowly we are introduced to new characters, some whose names we have heard before and some completely new. We are also made aware of a Prophecy that involves Lily. The book then revolves around the prophecy and how the characters deal with everything. I am not getting into the plot much because the summary of the book says it best.

This book has a slow start in the beginning but with a purpose. It gives you a chance to know the new characters introduced and then picks up its pace. Starting with Tharin and Lily – I often found myself wishing I had Rapunzel’s Frying pan (from Tangled movie) to hit them both on the head and get their brains working. Really, the problem with this couple is communication. They do not ever tell the other person what they are feeling and why! But this is one problem I have seen many of my friends face in their lives too, though not as much. So I guess it also helped make them more real to me. But Lily did disappoint me at a few points and hope she’ll be more like the girl I came to think of her as after reading the first book. Kalis turned out to be exactly what I had imagined her to be like from the descriptions/conversations in the first book. Ziri, Mellis and my favourite Cessa really rocked the world of Velesi in this book. I would have loved to see a bit more action from Tolan.

The world of Velesi is so beautiful. The description of its creatures and landscape made a real good impression on me. I would love to be able to go there myself – if only somebody would open the portal for me! The plot as such maintains a good rhythm and Oh My God, the cliffhanger!!! I so wish I had read this book only when I had the final book at hand. Now I have to wait for it to release and go crazy thinking about what is going to happen next.

I am usually scared of reading the sequels of the books that I have enjoyed reading because more often than not, I am disappointed by them. They either match or fail to match my expectation. Very rarely does it exceed my expectations and Ms.Filloon has certainly exceeded my expectation with her plot, writing and the book cover in the second installment. 

I am certainly looking forward to the third and final installment in the series.

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 This review also appears at the Indie House Books Website. You can check it out here : The Drifting (The Velesi Trilogy #2) by L. Filloon


  1. What a pretty cover!

    The world-building sounds great :) I love it when an author puts work into the details. I'm happy you liked this one! Great review.


  2. I love your review, Debdatta! I too loved The binding and can't wait to read The Drifting. Your review makes me want to go buy it and start reading it now. I too loved the characters and worlds Ms. Filloon created. Thanks for the great review and for getting me primed and ready to dive into this book!

    Paul R. Hewlett