Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Batson

The sequel to Curse of the Spider King, the Seven Lords (seven thirteen year olds who have just discovered that they are royal elves) have returned to help put an end to the Spider King. But first they must learn to use their abilities and work as a team. And there are things they have yet to discover regarding their people’s past. But will it be enough?

Unlike book one, this book seems to cut down the number of characters a bit, making it at least a little bit easier to follow them. It still feels like we get only a cursory glance of some of their characters (Jett, Kiri Lee, and Johnny in particular) but still it was better than in the first book where it was mostly them being given the histories and escaping the Spider King’s minions.

The god aspect (Ellos for the Elves) felt like overkill. It just seemed like a too easy jump for all the kids to suddenly believe in the Elven god. It takes people years to develop that sort of faith and they developed it in minutes.

I’m not certain, but I think there will be a third book after this one and I definitely will read it should that be the case.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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