The Awakened: Book Two is the second book in the series. The Awakened: Book One was free, but I had to pay to read the second book, and gladly did so. This series is the kind you have a love/hate relationship with. You love the book and can't seem to put it down, but you hate it when a book keeps you up past 2:00 in the morning when you know you have to get up the next day.
Kael survived the cliff at the end of book one and is now a man who's coming back to his birth place. But the Bastul he was taken from as a child is not the city he finds when he returns. The empire is being assailed from all directions by barbarians. He joins with a band of soldiers fighting to survive and eventually travels to the capital city of Orud where he meets the cause of all the kingdoms strife. His mother and sister, and his old mentor are all eventually in Orud. The threads of the story begin to draw together but there's still another book before the final conclusion. Very highly recommended.