Cover Designer: Mark Gerber
Publisher: Emerald Lake Books
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
Broken in spirit after his exile from Mira, Arnacin yearns to find his way back home to Enchantress Island. Captured by pirates and then rescued by the Nomacirrians, he discovers there’s one last thing he must do before he can find peace.
As Mira falls around her, Valoretta becomes a prisoner of savages while her beloved home is destroyed and its people are scattered.
Will Arnacin and Valoretta remain victims of their circumstances or find the courage they each need to overcome the past?
The Eternal Struggle is an enthralling YA fantasy novel. If you like raiding pirates, harrowing escapes, and stories of healing and reconciliation, then you’ll love Esther Wallace’s gripping tale.
This is Esther Wallace’s second book published with Emerald Lake Books, and the second in her inaugural series, The Black Phantom Chronicles.
Last year, we published her YA Fantasy book, The Savage War, which went on to win multiple awards. We expect no less from The Eternal Struggle and look forward to further installments in the series.
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Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review
The Eternal Struggle: The Black Phantom Chronicles, book 2 by Esther Wallace is an exciting YA fantasy novel with a riveting premise and magnetic characters. Arnacin has been banished from Mira and is trying to return to his home on Enchantress Island. Valoretta witnesses the destruction of Mira and the dissolution of its inhabitants. Both are imprisoned and need to find each other again, but how can they with so many obstacles? And if they do manage to reunite, what will they say? What will they do? Can there ever be a chance for forgiveness and a second chance? Amidst pirates, danger, and hardship, they try.
Most people like a good story about redemption–it gives us hope and reaffirms our faith in humanity. It lets us know that we too may have a chance at forgiveness and reconciliation. But few can tell the story in a truly satisfying way. Wallace has done this job, and well. With her strong but vulnerable characters, well-constructed plot, and heart-pounding suspense, she has built a world that you can lose yourself in. You’ll be lost in the action, the jeopardy, the yearning, and commitment to honor that these two have. They are both powerful in their own way; stubborn, honorable, and have misinterpreted each other. The battles they fight are internal as well as external. You’ll yearn for them too and their situations, and you’ll want both of them to succeed in overcoming their roadblocks in order to save each other. The author doesn’t shy away from honest, frank scenarios, but delivers them in a palatable way.
Wallace’s style is poetic, her descriptions elegant. There are no cheap thrills here. Each emotion wrung from the reader is honestly earned and well-deserved. On a side note, the character guide at the beginning of the book is helpful, and one of my favorite scenes is when Arnacin is dreaming about Valoretta. I also personally like the descriptions of the fallen Mira. The ending is moving and hopeful, with the promise of more stories to come. Fans of George R.R. Martin and epic pirate stories would appreciate The Eternal Struggle by Esther Wallace.