YOU KNOW YOUR LIFE IS BAD WHEN YOU MISS YOUR DAYS AS A POISON TASTER…
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….
Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies…
I liked this book. Maybe not as much as the first, but I still liked it. Yelena is now a strike first, think later person. She thinks she can just do whatever she wants and it puts her and others at risk, great risk. I still like her but there are times where I just want to slap some sense into her. And Valek! WTH? He went from someone who commanded everyone to taking orders from Yelena. Don’t get me wrong..He’s still very much swoon-worthy but he is presented unlike himself all because he’s in love. Bull. The integrity of Valek’s character should not have changed because he’s in love with Yelena. If anything, it should have made him stronger, smarter and better. I found his character to be weak and only there when Yelena needed him. Kinda one-sided.
Yelena meets her family finally and comes to discover that not everyone is so welcoming to her. Her brother, Leif, hates her and won’t have anything to do with her. I can somewhat see how he feels. It’s like the Prodigal Daughter returns in a sense. You do learn a lot about why he’s like that, but all in all, I think it wakes Yelena up to, not everyone likes me or loves me instantly- especially family. Leif is a needed character to Yelena’s because of how she’s acting in this book.
It does get a bit tiresome with all the kidnappings that take place. I mean it seems everyone gets kidnapped- Yelena gets kidnapped all.the.time. And typically, she thinks she’s so tough and doesn’t need help from anyone. It’s tiring. And annoying. I get being independent but it starts crossing a line when people come to her aide and she tells them to go away she has it under control. I mean, really? It also pisses me off that she can’t accept who she is. A soulfinder. Take that and run with it, girl.
BTW, not all kidnappers rape, torture and murder…something new needs to be done with these kidnappers. It’s getting old that that’s all they do.
3 out of 5 stars. Still a good read to learn more background and learn more about Yelena but tiring with all the kidnapping, murders, and rapes.