This definitely was not the book I was expecting.
In my reviews, I don’t really like walking through the plot and pointing out what I liked and disliked. So many great reviewers already do that… so I won’t bore anyone with my own version of a summary.
I’ll just start with this..
I wasn’t sold on the first book in this series, as I’ve said before. I felt like the characters were a bit shallow. The relationships seemed forced at the beginning (lets face it, both guys fell in love with the girl instantly….and why? I get that they had their reasons for spending time with her, but I just can’t see a guy thinking in his head about Lia the way they both did since day one. It was nothing but swooning and feelings-not super manly.) Hence my first review. However, I was pleasantly shocked by the plot twist, and the world building between the kingdoms hooked me.
So, I kept going, based on the comments some of you made (thank you!)
I found that this book was so much more than the first. The plot has entirely changed. Not only do the relationships become much more believable, but the setting has entirely changed, which in turn, changes our heroine down to the core. I wasn’t sure what she cared about before (aside from herself), but we see her battle out many new emotions and conflicts that run much deeper. I won’t say too much about Rafe and Kaden, as not to spoil anything.
Also, um..hello Komizar!
How I loved your character. How interesting you are. I can’t quite predict you, and I love that.
I found myself absolutely enchanted with each page. I love learning about a kingdom this way- from the inside out, without many privileges. We get to see Venda from a new light. What a cool concept for a country- and oh how Pearson makes us care for it much more so than the other kingdoms. The only thing I didn’t care for still was the religious aspect… but I get it.
The ending to me was actually satisfying. YES, it is a cliffhanger- but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Those of you putting off this book until the next one comes out, I’d say to just go ahead and read this! (Tee hee…)