By: Amanda Hocking
Published: May 5, 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eBook ARC from publisher via Netgalley
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MY REVIEW:In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…
Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It's a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that's been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it's also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing the mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level--one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it'll change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.
I am pleased to say that I enjoyed this book more than book one, Frostfire. This is very rare for me, to like a second book in a series more than the first. But if I'm being completely honest, the first book was just okay. And I was prepared that a DNF might be in order for book 2. THAT WASN'T THE CASE THOUGH!!! Phew!
First of all - that cover!!! It's so beautiful and eye catching. All of the covers in this series are mesmerizing! There's more romance. YAY! There's not a lot of down time which leads to more plot development and action. Much improved from my opinions of book 1.
In this part of the story the unforbidden romance between Bryn and Ridley becomes more intense...which was something I was missing from book one. A slight frustration with Bryn is her unwillingness to talk about her feelings for Ridley. It was actually quite infuriating.
Bryn is sent to Skojare, the home troll tribe of her mother, along with her best friend's fiance, to give aid to developing problems among their royal guard. While there they get closer and closer to figuring out what's really going on. But the big question remains, is Konstantin at the bottom of this too?
As with a lot of ARC books, there are words misspelled and wrong word structure's used throughout the book. I'm never certain if these errors are overlooked or left incorrect on purpose because it's not the final copy. Regardless of the reason(s) why, I always find it annoying.
I read through this book faster than book one, and just overall enjoyed it more. It restored my faith in the series and I'm excited to see how the story ends in book 3, Crystal Kingdom. Fans of young adult fantasy novels should enjoy this series.
"Perhaps I don't want to fraternize," I countered. "Are you asking me to procreate then?" Kennet asked with a wag of the eyebrow.
"So, what do you say, white rabbit?" ... "Friends?"
Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars