Started: July 25, 2017
Finished: July 28, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.”
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Going into this, I was terrified. I loved the first book a lot more than I had expected and I was terrified that, now that I knew who the Prince and the Assassin were, some of the appeal would slide away. As would the idea of a love triangle that did not drive me mad.
I should not have been afraid.
The writing in this series is exceptional! The world building, the character development (for Lia and Kaden in particular) – amazing! And the love triangle – although there and a bit annoying at times – did not annoy me as much as I thought it would. Also I’m not sure which of the boys I’d root for. After the first book I would have said Rafe, but after getting to know Kaden a bit more in this book… yeah, I’m not sure. Although, I’m not sure Lia actually needs to end up with either of them. She’s a pretty strong, independent woman who could take on the world without any man – Prince or Assassin – as her husband.
As we follow Lia’s adventures in Venda – as a prized captive of the Komizar – we get to see the part of this world that no one else has. We get to see the poverty of Venda and how the Komizar has turned that into an argument as to why they should wage war on the other nations, along with a lot of religious and mythological arguments that work with the tribes of this nation. It’s politics and mind games – which I am actually a fan of. I am a Ravenclaw, after all; I love a good puzzle.
What brings my rating down? Actually the loose threads. At the end of the book Lia and Rafe get out of Venda, which I fear might make it more difficult to solve some of the puzzles left there. Especially since Kaden, still in Venda, is not in the best position to investigate – judging by the last scene – nor does he know everything that Lia figured out. Maybe this will be cleared up in the next book, but I would have liked to see more of those threads cleared in this, as I do fear there will be too much to settle and explain in the final installment of this trilogy.
However; that cliffhanger.
I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #1: Read a book with a person on the cover)