Corus the Champion is a great second book. D. Barkley Briggs continues the story effortlessly from the first book, and it grows deeper and more complex with each chapter.
The two younger Barlows join their older brothers and begin to play their parts in the saving of the Hidden Lands. This allows the reader to experience events in four different locations, as the point of view switches between the different brothers.
One of the best parts of this story is its use of Arthurian legend. Garrett Barlow journeys with Merlin himself (who happens to be from the Hidden Lands), moving between worlds and times, meeting Gwenhwyfar, and watching Tal Yssen send Artorius to the queen of the fairies in the Hidden Lands in order to save him.
While the story follows all four of the brothers, this book seems to focus mostly on Ewan, who is a second son, just as Corus is. One of the most poignant moments in the book is when Ewan sacrifices his gift of Song to save his friends.
This story was a fantastic read that kept me intrigued and wanting to know more.
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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