I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book. I was encouraged to write a review. Since I always write reviews this was a win-win for me! Yay!
I absolutely loved the first book in this series. The world building is amazing. I’m sure there are others, but the only books that come to mind with better world building in this genre are The Lord of the Rings books. This book picks up with Braedon and Kara back in The Vagabond’s village. They are training and waiting until they need to go to the Gala. The Gala is where all the Yakona kingdoms (except the Stele, of course) will meet together to sign a treaty and celebrate. This is where things got boring to me. From 20-40% it was predictable and I dreaded opening it up! Of course the Gala goes all wrong and Kara and Braedon are in trouble again and this felt boring to me too. How? I don’t know, but something didn’t work for me. Maybe it was just Kara pushing Braedon away over and over again saying the same stupid stuff. So you are wondering why it gets 5 stars then? It is because the rest of the book was so full of awesome that it completely negates any annoyingness at the beginning.
I convinced myself to keep reading and (this is a long book) from between 40-95% I was absolutely entranced again! There were so many twists and turns. I mean, an Isen? Ahhh! It cannot be! And Braedon must go back to the Stele and I really didn’t want him to go! But he had to. And the cat is out of the bag! Everyone knows everything. Except Kara. Kara only knows what people feel like telling her. How can Kara possibly know who to trust? They are all conniving behind her back and trying to get her power! Niccoli plays a bigger role and Dierdre is back. I can’t tell what her end game is even after the epilogue!
I am going to say right now, that what I wrote above is quite possibly the worst synopsis ever, but there is so much that I can’t tell you.
From Richard to Braedon: “You are and always will be my son. That you ever doubted me is my failure and mine alone.”
Richard talking about Blood Gavin: “He led a campaign against the squirrels once for moving into an abandoned attic when he was six. In his mind, they invaded his home.”