Release date: 2 June 2015
5 Star Review
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
Review:This is a wonderfully written story, and as the second novel in this series, it perhaps even supersedes the first as it morphs in to entirely new directions.
The story takes off with a bit of a leap from the prior novel, and immediately sets a stage that sustains Cécile’s character through the bulk of the story. The main characters driving this series are Cécile and Tristan, and they continue to develop and strengthen as the novel pans out. Cécile is particularly notable as she matures into a more sophisticated woman and strikes out very much with her own identity as an adult.
Just when the reader feels that they have a grasp on where the novel is going and how the story is progressing, the tale twists leaving you unsure whether or not that is the where and why of it. Cécile’s family and her closest circle of peers continue to provide support even when all faith seems to have drained away. And let’s not forget Cécile’s mother – it’s sometimes amazing to grasp how many people have issues in this direction – and Cécile is no exception.
I did inhale a wisp of hints from segments, but the entirety was certainly not visible and took a long time in coming to tie up loose ends. Of course, there are always more ends that I’m sure will spring up when we least expect them. This novel delivers a whole new angle on tangle theory!
The main thing that I have walked away with from this novel, is a stark admiration on how the story continues to keep fresh by introducing a metamorphosis of some description in each story. Having said that, I’m completely up in the air to exactly what direction book three will take, so I’ll have to hold out for the next set of discoveries. I already can’t wait for the next book…
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