How far would you go to destroy yourself?
Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can’t respect, elders he can’t trust, a curse he can’t stop and friends he can’t help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.
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4 out of 5 stars
I started this one right after the first and I must say, I thought it was much, much better than Surrender. Why? I have absolutely no idea. I think it was because this one has less romance (though it is still there in dreams and flashbacks) and is darker and more based around violence and destruction—wait, that sounded wrong…um…how do I put this? It was more about the action. Yes, we’ll go with that one.
I really wasn’t sure if I would like the plot because it seemed to me like the story was taking a deviation from answering the questions I had at the end of the first book and I wanted to know if there was a way Kaliel could come back. Nonetheless, once I got over my own idea of where the story should go, I enjoyed it very much and was surprised by the bubbly, happy feeling I had at the end. (Though the happy feeling is tainted by a sickening pit of dread as to what the author will do to torment her characters in the next book.) There were still parts, namely the sex sequences in Krishani’s flashbacks and dreams, that I skipped. I know I mention steamy-scene-skipping a lot, but I’m a comparatively sensitive person on the subject of amorous activity and I feel obligated to mention when I do that for the sake of being honest. Still, I did have fun with this book and I’m looking forward to Vulture which released on June 18!
Looking back, Krishani was selfish, whiny, and drowning in a cesspool of self-pity, but while I was reading, I knew he needed to snap out of it, I was just too caught up in his emotions to care. The author does a brilliant job of making the reader empathize with what he’s going through and the general lack of sympathy from the characters around him. I just wanted to hug the poor bloke and I was worried sick for him and still am.
One character I have to mention is Klavotesi. At this point, I have decided not to like him. He seems stiff and self-righteous and while he’s really into justice, he doesn’t seem to be too big on compassion. I can appreciate his reasoning, but like Krishani, I didn’t want to hear what the Obsidian Flame had to say and I really wanted him to shut up.
The other characters were multidimensional, complex, and defined. There’s still clearly a lot of backstory on some of them, particularly the witches and I look forward to reading more about them all in Vulture.
In conclusion, this is a tragic, often tender, action-packed, magic-filled thrill ride and I recommend it to mature readers with a taste for dark fantasy and forbidden romance.