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The Viper. Caravan Butcher. Opal Slayer. Rhett Loniger was Lagonia’s chief assassin, tasked with protecting his empire by killing anyone deemed a threat…that is, until he committed a crime worthy of his own execution by falling in love with the enemy. Now, he’s being hunted. But he and Liss can’t evade their enemies when they’re surrounded on all sides. The cruel emperor of Lagonia is closing in on them, and he isn’t just intent on destroying Rhett. Emperor Jaikon won’t be satisfied until he has dominated all of the kingdoms. With a powerful magical force on Jaikon’s side, Rhett is the only one willing to challenge him. But how does one defeat an invincible foe? In this breathtaking sequel to Opal Smoke, time is running out before Rhett is torn away from Liss. Only one thing is certain in this deadly game he’s playing. If Rhett wants answers, he’ll have to kill to get them.

347 pages, Paperback

Published July 14, 2020

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Stephanie Fazio

23 books38 followers
Stephanie Fazio is a fantasy author. She grew up in Syracuse, New York, and prior to writing full time, she worked in the fields of journalism, secondary education, and higher education. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie lives in Austin with her husband and crazy rescue dog. When she isn’t writing, she’s getting lost in parks, hosting taco nights, or ironically and miserably losing at word games, but having fun while she does it.

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93 reviews1 follower
April 7, 2023
I'm so excited for the conclusion, whilst I don't think this book was as good as the first, I still loved it and I can't wait to read the next one.
That cliffhanger 😭 I'm scared
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13 reviews2 followers
September 13, 2021
What a beautiful sequel that simultaneously wrapped up the mysteries from Book 1 and left me dying for more. Rhett and Liss grow as people, both separately and together, and it's a joy to watch them tackle one impossible challenge after another. I really liked the style of this book that brought in other characters, too. Jakon (sp?) is an evil genius and I was fascinated with him. Normally I skip right past the chapters told from the adversary's point of view, but his were actually really good. I highly recommend this sequel, and I'll definitely be going to the third in this series.
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790 reviews4 followers
September 27, 2020
Scary Contagion

Liss and Rhett can't be separated. This story is very compelling. I can't put it down for more than a few minutes at a time and that's because I have too, my eyes start crossing. It's a very emotional story too. The characters are the strongest I've seen in a long while. And the story Line is veried and yet not too complicated. Very good book.
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September 9, 2020
Loved this book!! I thought Opal Smoke was so so good and I came into this one with high expectations. I was blown away. Rhett and Liss's romance is heartwrenching and beautiful. Their friends come more to the forefront in this book, which I loved because they're adorable and hilarious. The villains are believable and easy to hate. There were so many times when I laughed out loud or teared up. Off to finish the series now!
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