Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
The first book in this series was one of my favorites last year, so I, of course was thrilled to read this book. My thoughts:
What I liked:
It didn’t take me long to get back in the groove. Maybe it took me two chapters for me to remember everyone, but once I did I was not lost in the either the story, the setting, or the characters.
The plot. Things get intense. More people are introduced, but there was no sense of being overwhelmed. We get more of Kyrin’s family and I was very glad to see them. I will say not everything that takes place in the book is happy, but really that’s to be expected with the circumstances that they’re going through.
Dragons. At first I was like, now how is this going to work. It did. I’ve discovered I like dragons in my fantasy novels.
Spiritually, the novel again raises the idea of what would you be willing to suffer for Christ? And, it shows what real persecution looks like. To be honest, the spiritual aspect of the church almost reminds me of the early church in Acts where each word from the Lord was precious and standing up for Christ could be a death sentence.
What I didn’t like:
I was kind of disappointed with the romance. This is a bit of a personal preference. Unlike most book twos where the blossoming couple is separated, Jace and Kyrin are not separated. But, there interaction with each other is small. I believe there will be a book three and I just felt like if you read book one and then skipped book two and read book three, from a romance perspective you missed nothing. And I really wanted something.
Romantic scale: 5
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The writing was engaging and fun and sometimes intense. If you read book one and enjoyed it, you don’t want to miss this one!