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No one knows if Steel is dead or alive...except me.

For months I kept the late night calls from Steel a secret, until he let it slip that he tracked down his villainous sister, Silver. He needs help - even if the powerful angel-shifter is too stubborn to admit it.

But the Steel I find isn’t the same boy from Seraph Academy. He’s darker. Haunted. And the distance between us can’t be crossed by a simple flap of my wings.

When a battle with the Forsaken goes horribly wrong, I awaken as a prisoner inside a Fallen stronghold. My enigmatic abductor - Thorne - is manipulative, secretive, and claiming I’m meant to rule by his side.

I’m not buying it, especially since the alluring offer to unveil the mystery of my seraph ancestry comes at the cost of bringing every Nephilim to their knees.

Lines between the realms will blur. My world will burn. And this time, I’m not sure I can fight the darkness on my own...

©2021 Julie Hall (P)2021 Julie Hall

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Absolutely love this book!

OMG OMG OMG!!!!! Now that this book is out in the world, let me just say that I already gave all the stars to Stealing Embers... So this book gets all the glittery fairy dust instead! I didn't think I could love this book more than the first one, but I did!

Emberly is the only one who hears from Steel and then the gang comes up with a plan to find him and help him find Silver. When they do, things get pretty interesting. Emberly gets kidnapped, Steel says some pretty amazing things, (seriously... I have a page full of Steel quotes), and the gang does what they do best- try to keep Emberly and Steel out of trouble!

New characters and new places. This book has ALL THE FEELS and then some. You'll love it. Just read it.

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Building on a great story

The overarching theme to this book seems to center around how we support each other and the things we would do to keep the ones we love safe. As more and more secrets are revealed, and Emberly and her friends seek to help Steele find Silver, sacrifices are made that end up revealing even more about Emberly and her heritage and past. There’s a good amount of action, mixed with a healthy dose of exposition to continue building the world. Some new characters are introduced that have a big impact on their lives, and new questions arise as a result. As always, Emberly holds onto her snarky, take no crap, attitude, which is one of the things that endears her to the reader. But she’s also opening herself up to her new life and her new friends, which is very scary and intimidating, and definitely an unknown factor for her. The story is engrossing, and the world building is excellent, and the ending keeps you wanting more.

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Great book

I love the characters. I love the story. It's super intriguing. I love the writer. It got a little twisted towards the end. The little girl part really bugged me, but it did paint a good picture.

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Great book

Love the book and Vanessa Moyen’s Narration. I really really disliked the guys narration. The way he reads Steels part make it sound too depressing.

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Wow what a cliffy

I really enjoy this book. Lots of plots and action. The ending left me screaming for more lol. Is it bad that I kinda like Thorne? Vanessa Moyen and Adam Gold did an Amazing job at narrating

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I like Vanessa as the female narrator, but Adam’s voice for Steel is too deep/raspy(?) for me.

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Can't wait for the next one!

Can we first start with the book covers? these are gorgeous. That's what I noticed first about the book and what make me pick them up. This is my first series from Julie Hall and I can't wait to see what other book of her I can read/ listen.
This book picks up right around when the first one ends.There is definitely more action in this one specially with Somberly new found powers. I have to say that I like Steel more in this book. There were a few times he got on my nervs in the first book. Can I also say how refreshing is not to have the same cookie cutter old girl friend becoming a bully routine. Thank you Julie for that one. We get a lot more information about the fallen in this book which makes the plot more rounded. I even liked Thorn. We get a lot more information about him and how he control the forsaken and the fallen. I honestly want a chapter from his POV to see what he really thinks and how much of his behavior is an act. The book ends in a cliff hanger and it is killing me. Can't wait to start the next one

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Such a great story

I truly love this series alot. Everything about it draws you in until the very last page and makes you want more the narrator's are amazing.

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Great listen!

I'm really enjoying this story and world. Book 2 did not disappoint either. By far I really enjoy the group of friends Emberly has around her. Not to mention the evolution of Emberly's and Steel's relationship, really has you rooting for them. I'm really looking forward to the next book!

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Amazing story!

I love this series! The world Julie Hall has created is so captivating.

Book 2 picks up right after book 1. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen BAM Emberly is thrown a curveball.

This book hints that something larger is at play, and boy was it a doozy.

I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series.

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  • MummysVampire
  • 08-24-21

Getting better and better

Julie Hall smashed it with Book 2 in the Fallen Legacies series!
This series is getting better and finally I start to like Steel! He had his reasons for pushing Emberly away in book so he is growing on me but I need to know exactly what happened the night Silver was taken when they were kids. We find out more but I feel there is another part to this story!
So much happens in this book starting with the gang going to find Steel which ends up with Emberly been kidnapped yup again lol. This time she is taken by someone like her and leader of the Forsaken Thorn! There is a cheeky wee epilogue for him at the end of this so I can’t wait to see more from him. I have high hopes for him not being all bad.
Talking about ends I’m dreading what’s to come but equally excited!
To really understand this story you need to read book 1 and I for one can’t wait to move onto book 3. All are on KU or you can listen on audible as narrators are great!
This is a Paranormal Romance Gem - Top marks 5/5

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  • Pris
  • 05-15-21

Who knew the villains' voices could sound so good?

(Disclaimer: again, with this one, I'll only be focusing on the audio side of the experience more than the actual story).

Having gotten used to Vanessa's voice(s) by now (and having finished SE not so far ago), I knew what was coming and actually kinda looked forward to it. What I loved the most when reading the ebook was how the description level Julie had written made me see the whole thing as a movie playing in my mind, and now, with both narrators, it was upped to another level. 🙌

I can't say enough good things about Adam voicing Steel (it gave me chills every time he'd say "Chapter #, Steel", since, as opposed with the ebook, I never knew when those chapters were coming), but I think he could work a bit more on his Emberly's one. Still, it didn't jar me from the story or anything like that; and, once I got used to it, I found his Tinkle voice funny :) Also, I think Thorne's voice (and the Forsaken) were equally good with either narrator, while Vanessa did a great job with Silver and Seraphim.

Overall, a great audiobook experience that ups the level and enjoyment of this sequel to the series while preparing the listener for the grand finale. ~ 5 stars

Content: steamy kisses but nothing further happens (also, this book is proof that one can write steamy kisses without wandering hands or clothes coming off).
Language: 1-d**n, 1-s**t
Violence: there's plenty (read, PG-13). Compared to other books by this author, I think this aspect has upped by at least a few notches. And while yes, angel-born/Nephilim are tougher than humans, and Forsaken are the bad guys, there were some scenes that left me kind of shocked. I don't know if this would be considered spoilery or not, but just in case, you've been warned: there's beheading, disembowelment, characters with so many wounds they are a bloody mess (literally), and wounds that are bone-deep, to name a few.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 05-13-21

Excellent

I am loving this series and the characters are fabulous especially Emberly and Steel. I had to leave it at chapter 28 for a day as Thorne was really making me soooo angry but he will get what’s coming to him soon . Looking forward to book 3 and hope both Vanessa and Adam will be narrating it again.

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  • Sarah C
  • 05-01-21

incredible

WOWZA FOLKS! 😱 Incredible sequel! Has some Beauty and the Beast vibes 🥀 Emberly and Steel's relationship is growing and I just adore their scenes together!! 🥰 Love the pool scene 💙 I love that she's vulnerable here and Steel helps her out.
There's Steel chapters! 🙌🏼 They're not specifically every other chapter or anything so it's like little surprises along the way!
Our villians or so villiany 😆
There's all the range the emotions. Highs and Lows. Excitement and Fear. Butterflies and Warm Fuzzies. I can say too much without spoiling 🤐 But I can say Its so so good and you should definitely pick it up and read it. And again, clear your schedule. 😁
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The narrators are phenomenal! 2 of my favorites. Adam Gold makes a smokin Steel 😏
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"Pure unadulterated terror rises up from the hollow of my soul and chokes me. I’m going to die."
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"They’re just words,” he says.
“Sometimes words are more powerful than the sharpest weapons.”
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A completely ridiculous outfit for the weather, but she hardly seems to mind the cold. She’s probably warmed by the fire of revenge burning in her soul.
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I go willingly into Steel’s arms, burying my face in his chest as his hands caress my exposed back. My flesh cools under his touch, which makes zero sense, but I’m not about to complain. Somehow, he is the ice to my fire, able to temper the uncontrollable blaze inside. I don’t understand it, but at times like this, I’m thankful for whatever magic is at work. I drag in a lungful of Steel-laced air, and my heartbeat’s frantic cadence reduces to only a slightly elevated rhythm.

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  • SarahReadsALot
  • 04-24-21

Wow

Seriously. I need the next book please! I need more Emberly and Steel and the gang. This book was so good I can’t believe it was 8+ hours because it flew by!

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  • Ellen
  • 04-23-21

Book 2

This is book two in the series. Emberly learns more about her ability and the creatures that have been hunting her. We also learn a bit more about what happened when Steel lost his twinsister all those years ago. This book leaves things hectic and you want the next book to see what happens next. I really enjoyed listening to story and the interaction between all the characters.

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  • Catherine
  • 04-21-21

Thoroughly enjoyable

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I love this series and have been looking forward to listening to book 2. It definitely didn't disappoint. Interesting characters, an absorbing plot and some more information on the wider world and background which adds to the whole story nicely. The narrators both did a great job, as with the first book. I'm really looking forward to book 3!