Rating: 4/5 stars.
This was great!!! I loved seeing all these characters again and meeting new characters that were just as fantastic.
Aiden has finished his seven years of service to Lord Rishdah. He stays a little longer, but then knows he must head home…to Braeton. He is frightened. He does not know how his family will receive him after running away so long ago. Even more important, is the troubling news he hears of Clan Canich. Someone is slowly taking control of his clan, from the inside. He has to save them all before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Corin is struggling to rebuild his country from the Calorin War a year before and to take on the responsibilities as leader of the warbands. While all this is hard, he has a nagging fear that rumors begin to affirm: war is coming to Aredor.
So…we get to see a lot more of Aiden (known as Emeth in the first book) which was so sweet. I loved meeting his bothers! I love the Braetons’ accent. Ranulf was the oldest. He was wise, had a bit of a temper, and was such a leader. Will was adventurous and most like Aiden. Tam was the youngest and was a amazing bard. He was quiet, caring, and shy. Rona was a orphan. Kind and not made for war, though she knew how to fight. She was stubborn and brave. Now let’s talk about some Aredorians. Corin changed. He had to take responsibilities as a leader, and as much as he hated it, he still did it. It meant a lot of paperwork. He fell in love and it was perfect. Martin, didn’t play as big as a part as he had in the first book, but almost every part he was in was hilarious. His humor is the best. Mera, Martin’s sister, was the sweetest. She worried her poor little self to death. But so was brave and full of strength. There were so many great characters, but I won’t go through them all.
This was exciting and intense in many moments. There was action, but not as much as the first book. In this one, the focus felt more on developing and growing the characters. Many of them fell in love and I desperately wanted them to be together, while worrying which ones would die in some battle. The battles were always thrilling. Some people lived; some people died. Though it was very sad at times, in a way, it was realistic.
The writing was much better in this one. It was not choppy at all. Though I will say that there were still moments when it seemed like the stories switched point of views randomly. But it totally flowed smoother and was better written.
So, I’d recommend this to teens and up. Don’t hesitate. This was a really good book and I definitely should not have waited so long to read it.
I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.