Blurb: Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
Review: As this series moves forward, it just keeps getting more and more intense.
The shifting around and changing of powers, or lack thereof, with Yelena and Valek is only one of the things that ups the intensity. It is kind of nice to see a fantasy series where the characters have magical powers that don’t just always keep growing and saving the day. Magic is awesome in fantasy books, but I don’t want it to always be the thing that fixes everything. All the characters in this book (and the series) need to rely on both their powers and their smarts to get through all the stuff that gets thrown at them.
For a bit during this story, I was a little overwhelmed with the feeling that the characters were in an utterly hopeless situation and that it would always be non-stop struggle, one obstacle hurdle after another, but there were enough nuggets and hints of information that let me know it wasn’t quite as bad as I was thinking. Which is a good thing because I’d hate to see this series go that direction.
As is typical, I so wasn’t ready for this to be done by the time I got to the last page. I really loved this addition to the series and where it looks to be going next. Even though I’ve already read this now, I may have to go back and reread all the rest again, just because.