Two Brothers: Heritage (The Ramtalan Trilogy Book 2) by Sofia Diana Gabel

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Two Brothers: Heritage (The Ramtalan Trilogy Book 2) by Sofia Diana Gabel
Publisher: Escargot Books and Music
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (345 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Cyclamen

In the second book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, Argus Dachel, a far-from-ordinary half-alien teen, finds himself mixed up in the battle between a hostile faction of Invaders and the peaceful Ramtalans he’s come to know as his friends. With his brother Tai held captive at the Citadel and disturbing news about his father, Argus has to come to grips with the truth about who he really is. Not only is the government agency, the Astronomical Urgent Recovery Administration, AURA, hot on his tail, but his relationship with his girlfriend Lola is in jeopardy. As his special abilities increase and become stronger, he risks exposure and capture. When the enemy closes in and the Citadel is attacked, it seems victory is impossible, but losing means certain death. He must find some way to protect everyone around him, but winning is impossible. Or is it?

Argus Dachel has a lot on his plate at the moment, much more than any other seventeen-year-old senior. He has just learned that he is half alien, and his twin brother, Tai, is being held captive at the Ramtalan headquarters. In addition to that, a secret government agency is out to capture him, and he is receiving strange images from his father who was presumed killed when Argus was small.

Argus has the help of his Aunt Celeste, his legal guardian who is actually not his aunt, but rather a fifty thousand year old Ramtalan who serves as a guardian to New Breeds, those who are part human, part Ramtalan. She is very strong and on the side of the peaceful Ramtalans, but that doesn’t always help as Argus finds himself on his own in nasty situations.

Argus is a very believable teenage boy. He’s been homeschooled most of his life, so he finds that he has things to learn about being a regular high school senior. His extra abilities allow him to throw the football better than anyone else, so he is soon the star quarterback with a letterman jacket. However, he still has to deal with the world of bullies and high school insecurities, all the time trying to save his brother.

The premise of the story is very well thought out. The existence of peaceful Ramtalans on Earth seems totally believable. The fact that they’ve been here, living side by side with humans, for fifty thousand years also seemed plausible. But now there are Ramtalan invaders who want to destroy humans and New Breeds alike and take over earth. How can Argus protect those he cares about?

The action is non-stop and very exciting, making this a real page turner. I found myself unable to put it down. It can be read as a stand-alone, even though it is the second in the trilogy, and in fact, I read this one before I read the first. I would recommend reading them in order, but I had no trouble keeping up with what was going on. I enjoyed reading the first in the series, Two Brothers: Origin, even though I knew what would happen so that I could fill in all the details. Ideally, reading them in order would be more powerful, and I can’t wait for the final volume in this trilogy. I hope it will be published soon.

Readers of science fiction are in for a real treat with Two Brothers: Heritage.

Two Brothers: Origin (The Ramtalan Trilogy Book 1) by Sofia Diana Gabel

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Two Brothers: Origin (The Ramtalan Trilogy Book 1) by Sofia Diana Gabel
Publisher: Escargot Books and Music
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (385 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

What teenage boy doesn’t want to fit in and have friends? That’s what Argus Dachel, 17, wants more than anything, but because he’s half alien, a New Breed, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that he and his brother, Tai, are being pursued by a secret government agency. To top it off, now in their senior year at public high school, both boys risk exposure when Argus uses his extraordinary strength to defend himself against the school bully, falls for 16 year-old Lola and then learns that New Breeds are set for extermination by another group of hostile aliens. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, what chance do Argus and Tai have of survival?

Argus and Tai Dachel are seventeen-year-old fraternal twins who have been homeschooled most of their lives by their Aunt Celeste. Their parents died in a horrible boating accident when they were small. But now, Aunt Celeste has decided that they should attend the local high school for their senior year, as a way of getting to know others. However, very quickly strange things begin happening and the boys learn that they are half alien, with special powers. Before they can even absorb the fact that there are Ramtalans living on earth, and that there are other New Breeds like them, they are pursued by an agent from a secret government agency, and tormented by a school bully.

The characters of Argus and Tai are well defined and very believable. They are typical teenage boys with a healthy dose of rebellion and impulsive actions. Even though they are twins, they also have very different personalities, with Argus being more protective and Tai quicker to act violently.

The action is fast-paced and there are a number of points of view given, keeping things moving quickly. I really liked the basic premise that aliens arrived on earth fifty thousand years ago and have lived peacefully, integrating with humans ever since. But now there is a group of Ramtalans who think that all New Breeds should be exterminated so that they can take over the planet.

The details surrounding the Ramtalans on Earth and the existence of the New Breeds seems very well thought out and I had no trouble at all believing in their existence. Aunt Celeste is an interesting character, and it is clear from the beginning that while she may not actually be Argus and Tai’s aunt, she cares deeply for them and truly has their best interests, as well as the wishes of their mother, in mind. She will do whatever it takes to ensure that they have a good life.

This is the first book in an exciting trilogy. I look forward to the rest of the series.