I have to say, I think this was better than the first book. We continue to see characters that were introduced in the first one, and had a limited setI have to say, I think this was better than the first book. We continue to see characters that were introduced in the first one, and had a limited set of new characters being added.
The timeline for the stories is extremely tight as it takes place soon after Raines Benares arrives in Mid.
In the span of a week she finds herself expanding her involvement between the two powerful yet sensual people introduced in the first book of the series. These are Good Paladin Guardian Mychael and the Bad boy Goblin Tam.
The interplay between the three heats up and new powerful players are introduced. All are competing for Raines and the powers she has awakened.
The plot was not predictable and that was a good thing. Normally I spot what I expect to happen, but Lisa did an excellent job of keeping things fresh. Twice I found myself wrong on what was going to be done.
I'm very happy that I have both the 3rd and 4th book in the series and I don't have to wait for the next one. ...more
Once again Lisa Shearin brings to life the heroine Raine Banares as she has to deal with a four way Magical marriage between herself, a Paladin, a DarOnce again Lisa Shearin brings to life the heroine Raine Banares as she has to deal with a four way Magical marriage between herself, a Paladin, a Dark Mage Goblin and an ultra powerful rock called The Saghred. She does this while trying to protect others close to her.
All the time trying to capture other escaped mages and keep another thousand year old Dark Spellsinger from gaining power or the Saghred. And though the rock is powerful, she cannot use it without risking becoming lost.
The tension does mount as she finds herself entwined in plots and between poeple in ways she both fears, but wants. The saghred is leading her towards the use of power so it can feed, and there are many others that want her to do the same but for those they can control. Both the elves and goblin intelligence chiefs are also involved and betrayal is a real possibility.
An enjoyable read. I do find it between a 4 and 5 stars. This was a bit shorter than the prior book, but it is somewhat more tense. I do find the conclusion of one character a bit quick and sudden. Other than that it was fun to read. ...more