Blurb: Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night—but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . .
Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family’s ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride’s honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out—for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth . . .
Review: So much better than the last one! Instead of huge chunks of time seeming to just drag along like we saw in the first two books, this one picks things up and keeps a steady, intense pace throughout. We also spend way more time with the focus being on our main characters rather than hopping all over between main and secondary characters.
Of the main characters, this one seems to focus most heavily on Kalan so we get to see his character growth first hand. While we do see bits of Malian, they are small and with the little actual growth we saw of her in the last book and the short page time in this one, it feels like we’ve missed some important changes along the way. That would have to be one of my only drawbacks to this, the fact that we saw so little of her.
The only other drawback, and it is more of a personal taste thing than anything, is the giant cliff we were left hanging off at the end of the book. It is understandable that with an ongoing series that builds book to book that you aren’t going to see major story line resolutions and that is fine. I’m just not a huge fan of a main character doing or experiencing something big only to not know the outcome. As a major character, you know it can’t be world ending, but still. Not a fan of the hang. Sadly, I’m not seeing when the next one in this series is going to get released yet, so I’m going to have to wait a while to get any answers. Otherwise, I liked this one the best of the series so far.