The Lightning Conjurer: The Enlightening

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
After narrowly escaping the Asterian Order, Aspen has finally unearthed a clue to her forgotten past: a small brass key and a note that says 'Start here'. With nothing but her resolve – and Aiden’s silver lighter – Aspen sets forth on a solo cross-country journey. But things begin to unravel quickly on the open road. Meanwhile, Aiden - on his own mission to find his sister - has gone radio silent. More

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About Rachel Rener

Rachel Rener is the author of THE LIGHTNING CONJURER Series, a critically-acclaimed contemporary fantasy with elements of magical realism and romance. Her fourth book, a standalone time-bending fantasy, is set to be published in 2020.

She graduated from the University of Colorado after focusing on Psychology and Neuroscience. Since then, she has lived on three continents and has traveled to more than 40 countries.

When she's not engrossed in writing, Rachel enjoys painting, reading, rock shows (both kinds) and playing Diablo 3. She lives in Colorado along with her husband, a stellar mineral collection, and a feisty umbrella cockatoo ("Jungle Chicken") that hangs out on her shoulder as she writes.

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About the Series: The Lightning Conjurer
In her mission to discover who – and what – she is, Aspen must learn to control her powers, navigate her budding feelings for Aiden, and unearth the startling secret about her past that no one wants her to figure out.
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"I absolutely LOVED this book! I couldn’t put it down!!!" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"I gave this book 5 stars only because the website wouldn't let me give it 6" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"This book sucked me right in and I could not stop reading" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"The world Rener develops is intoxicating and vivid - I was sad to leave it" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"perfect character development and excellent pacing" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"I cannot quite put into words how the novel completely captured my attention" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

"It made me feel like I didn't need to be eleven years old waiting for my Hogwarts letter to come to have something likewise amazing" - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon Review

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Reviews

lenushiiik reviewed on Aug. 24, 2020

After being separated from Aiden and her grandma, Aspen follows the road to the city of her childhood, finding many surprises and unexpected revelations alongside meeting one of the people she never expected to see. Moreover, as her powers increase, it seems flashes of her memories are coming back. But the Order does not sleep in the meanwhile, and Savannah is determined to get the Pentamancer to swear allegiance to the Asterians. Only, who has the bigger leverage now?
I truly love how Aspen/Rowan's story develops in the second installment. I felt much more connected to the story and it's characters than in book one, and only rarely came across a moment when I felt odd or awkward. Getting to know the main characters more is bringing them closer to my heart, making me feel as if I lived the story alongside them. Their actions and decisions are more understandable in the light of new information, and they show great strength in many mundane ways - accepting the other's faults, willingness to apologize or forgive, showing kindness and mercy when anger offers the brute force as a solution. Now with Aspen being put into unprecedented situation, I would love to see how she will deal with it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Marco reviewed on April 15, 2019

It is easy to disregard 5-star reviews as biased, yet it strikes me as the only fair score for this book. Not only is there a wonderful continuity between the two books in terms of the characters' mental journey, the author also manages to introduce the people, setting and situation in a very pleasant way for those who continue reading after volume one as well as any readers new to the series who did not read the first book. The book is once again a more or less self-contained story for those who would like to read it as such.

The story starts out at a point that many less-gifted writers would turn into either a boring enumeration of facts or take to a way-too-hasty conclusion, making the reader lose touch with the main character. Ms. Rener manages to make the story flow beautifully and naturally, though. The element of superpowers is elaborated upon and interesting new ideas are explored - and the backgrounds of the main characters are also shown in more detail. We get to know the characters and what makes them tick, so we can sympathize.

It is hard to say much about this book without spoiling any of it for the reader. I can only add that the writing style is, in my opinion, fast-paced and only offering just the right amount of detail in its descriptions to help you create a proper mental image, without dictating the details for your mind's eye.

This book takes us on an adventure in the world we all know, yet we know nothing about.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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