By Melissa Wright
April 2013 by Createspace
Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who’s in danger.
Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.
I read this book in, literally, one day. It pulled me right in and kept me there. It wasn't so much that it was a page turner, because it was, that kept me engaged. It was more because there were these moments and conversations during the downtime when the characters were just waiting, even as danger is chasing them, that brought depth to the story and characters. It helped that the plot was fairly interesting as well.
I have to say I absolutely loved the characters! Aern is very intriguing, confident, protective, and mysterious. He kind of gave me a little of the good guy vibe even though he is rough around the edges. I loved him! Emily is really strong, a survivor, but also a protector (she's tried to keep her and her sister together and safe for some time). She is sweet even though she is no longer innocent. I loved how they interacted with each other. Then there were several great side characters that were individual and strong in their own ways: Brianna, Morgan, and Brendan. So many contrasts and different interests being played out.
There is a prophecy that is being played out in this story. We aren't told for some time what it involves. I started to get a little impatient because I wanted to know what it was and understand what was going on. Wright does a good job of giving us pieces of things: the prophecy, the characters, the Division and Council so that you are waiting for the next piece to get a complete picture.
I really enjoyed this! I would have given it a full 5 stars, but I wanted more history or back story on where these magical people came from and more aggressive planning from the Division - not so much waiting for Morgan to attack.
If you enjoy reading YA Paranormal Fantasy, then I would definitely pick this up! I can't wait for the next book! Thank goodness it is scheduled to come out in November, so I won't have to wait a whole year. :)
Content: Some making out and a few mild swear words.
I forced myself to remain composed, voice steady. “Can you tell me what, exactly?”
“There were a few things”—she hesitated, looked away—“from my mother.”
“What about your sister, Emily? Was there anything in that bag that linked you to her?”
A sick horror crossed her face. “Why? What. . . do you mean they’ll go after her?”
“No. No, I told you she was safe.”
Emily was bolt upright now, her blanket gathered in her lap as if she meant to run for Brianna that very instant. To save her.
I reached across the table to stop her, but dropped my hand before it got halfway. “They can’t get to her now,” I explained. “They don’t know where she’s at.”
She relaxed a fraction. “Then why? What are you asking me?”
I sighed. “They’ll come after you. To use you against her.”
Her face went pale. “There’s a photo of us. And some paperwork. It won’t be a question.”
Her words hung between us for a long while as she waited for me to reply, to tell her everything would be okay, but I couldn’t.
“What will they do?” she finally asked.
I shook my head. “It doesn’t matter.”
Emily was suddenly standing. “How will they use me against her? What will they do?”
Once more, I resisted the impulse to reach out to her. Instead, I gave her what truth I could. “They would. . . use you. To draw her out.
About the Author
Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the upcoming Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on goodreads and pinterest.
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